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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Center for Educator Support

Page address:

Gina Anderson, Director

Center for Educator Support

Armstrong Hall 118

(507) 389-5716



The mission of the Center for Educator Support is to provide quality professional development experiences that help all teachers become more confident, capable, and effective practitioners.

The purpose of the College of Education (COE) Center for Educator Support (CES) is to provide professional development for educators in P-12 and university classrooms and to prepare mentor teachers and supervisors to provide equitable access to mentoring, to support the retention of students in teacher preparation programs, and to support the retention of teachers throughout their careers. CES’s goals include (a) preparing mentor teachers to support pre-service teachers as they complete their programs and transition to in-service teaching, (b) providing mentoring and support to teacher candidates to improve teacher recruitment and retention, (c) fostering partnerships within COE and across Professional Development School (PDS) partner districts, and (d) providing professional development to in-service teachers and administrators throughout their careers to enhance impact on P-12 students. 

The Center for Mentoring & Induction was created in 2005. Since then the Center, now titled the Center for Educator Support, has grown in its outreach to schools, districts, and other education agencies. As a part of the Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT) initiative, the Center for Educator Support prepares mentors who support beginning teachers as they transition from teacher preparation into classrooms, as well as career teachers who seek to continuously enhance their abilities to impact the achievement of P-12 students.

            In 2011, the Center entered into a partnership with the New Teacher Center, the nationally recognized leader in research based teacher and administrator induction.  Through this collaboration, the Center for Educator Support provides training and implementation of best practices that support leadership and teacher growth, as well as increase student learning.