This article describes key features of a hybrid professional development (PD) program that was designed to prepare elementary classroom teachers to mentor preservice teachers for effective science instruction.
Five classroom teachers who were new to mentor training participated in the study to document the impacts of the PD sequence.
The PD combined an in-person immersion into the components of effective science instruction with online modules centered on learner-supportive mentoring practices.
Findings indicated that mentors who engaged in the hybrid face-to-face and online PD more effectively coached their mentees and displayed specific shifts in their approach to mentor conversations.
Participants showed statistically significant increases in their ability to use coaching as a default mentoring stance, to focus on evidence of students’ science learning, and to draw on a consistent framework for effective science instruction for their conversations.