Cooperating Teachers’ Best Practices for Mentoring #3: Professional Support
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Agricultural Education
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How to Cite

Nesbitt, Heather R., and Debra M. Barry. 2022. “Cooperating Teachers’ Best Practices for Mentoring #3: Professional Support: WC422/AEC761, 10/2022”. EDIS 2022 (5).


This publication series serves to guide cooperating teachers and those who support cooperating teachers in becoming effective mentors. This new 4-page publication of the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication will break down the major areas of professional support and provide real-world examples of how cooperating teachers can implement them during the internship. Written by Heather R. Nesbitt and Debra M. Barry.
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