A glimpse into the effectiveness of mentoring and enrichment activities for scholarship recipients in a teacher preparation program

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Mathematics Teaching-Research Journal


The extent and nature of mentoring determines the effectiveness and success of any educational program [1]. A multi-faceted mentoring scheme has been designed for the TAMIU Robert Noyce Mathematics Teacher Scholarship Program (TAMIU-NMTSP) at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), Laredo, Texas. The TAMIU-NMTSP provides funding for up to $10,000 per year for students who are planning on becoming secondary mathematics teachers. Students who receive the scholarship will graduate from TAMIU with a mathematics degree and 7-12 mathematics certification In exchange for receiving the TAMIU-NMTSP Scholarship, the recipients agree to teach as highly-qualified, full-time teachers in a high-need subject area for at least four years at a school serving low-income students. As part of the scholarship students receive additional mentoring from university faculty and other professionals in the field. This paper will outline this mentoring scheme as well as examine its preliminary effectiveness.

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