What you'll learn

  • Connect your personal history to elements of powerful mentoring

  • Use cycles of inquiry to dig into personal and social challenges

  • Identify roles and relationships that support the development of student and apprentice teachers

  • Establish strategies for co-teaching with student, apprentice, and novice teachers

  • Build practices for supporting early career teachers as they navigate challenges and participate more fully in the professional community 

  • Examine methods for mentoring across a career in teaching, also drawing examples from other disciplines

Course description

This course applies toward the Instructional Leadership Certificate (ILC)


In Teachers Mentoring Teachers: Practices for Powerful Professional Communities, we’ll get to learn from seasoned mentors and extend the power of mentoring new teachers to work with teachers across their careers. Formal and informal mentoring relationships are not just valuable for beginners, but benefit us throughout our careers as our needs change and our learning interests evolve. Furthermore, mentoring relationships aren’t just meant to have a positive impact on the mentee, but can provide transformative professional learning opportunities for the mentor as well. In this course we will establish a foundation for mentor teachers in an effort to promote effective practices that create more inclusive professional communities where teachers work together to learn from one another and support each other’s growth and development in service of powerful learning opportunities for students.

In this course, join Harvard faculty and experienced mentors who work directly with beginning and veteran teachers to hone their teaching and instructional leadership practice. You’ll contribute your own expertise and learn from that of your fellow practitioners.


Lecturer on Education, Faculty Director of Harvard Teacher Fellows Program

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