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e-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS)

Program that Works


e-Mentoring for Student Success provides online mentoring for beginning science teachers anytime, anywhere through flexible and accessible technology that is easy to learn and use. The eMSS network is designed to promote professional development through dialogue by providing trained mentors, online curriculum that focuses on science content and pedagogy, access to scientists to deepen content understanding, and leadership training for mentors and facilitators.

Target Population

Targets 1st- through 3rd-year middle and high school science teachers.


Provide mentoring for beginning science teachers.

Program Highlights

  • e-Mentoring provides instant access to a national network of experienced teachers and professional scientists.
  • Structured activities help the mentor-mentee discussion improve beginning teachers’ instructional skills.

The Facts

16 affiliated states and school districts
eMSS mentors receive a stipend of $1,400 to $2,200 per year


Higher Education

  • New Teacher Center at UCSC
  • Montana State University's Science Math Resource Center


Non-Profit / Philanthropy

  • National Science Teachers Association


  • National Science Foundation's Math Science Partnership

Evidence of Impact

eMSS positively affects beginning teachers’ preparedness to teach by using an innovative, disciplinary, content-specific distance-delivery model that promises to reduce teacher attrition rates.

Horizon Research Evaluation conducted a study for the developer that found that beginning teachers reported feeling better prepared for basic teaching, teaching challenging courses, and management, after eMSS. (Full evaluation available from developer.)

One evaluation commissioned by the developer and conducted by an external evaluator.
Six states and two large districts, including 181 beginning science teachers and 125 mentors, are affiliated with e-Mentoring for Student Success.

Contact Information

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New Teacher Center
725 Front St. Suite 400
Santa Cruz,  CA  95060
(831) 600-2200

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