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Mobilizing National Educator Talent (mNET)

Mobilizing National Educator Talent (mNET) is an innovative, nontraditional national teacher preparation system designed to help individuals attain certification as core academic teachers in high-need, hard-to-staff school districts located in multiple states. Participants have access to online modules and live electronic coaching sessions. mNET teachers serve for at least three years in either a Pre-K–12 public school district, an independent school, or a charter school in one of 14 partner locations: Kansas, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

mNET is funded by a Transition to Teaching (TTT) grant designed to increase the number of highly effective teachers and supportive school leaders in chronically low-performing school districts with staffing challenges. The U.S. Department of Education initiated TTT grants in 2001 to recruit, train, and retain highly qualified mid-career professionals, recent college graduates, and paraprofessionals for the classroom. In addition, mNET is expanding alternative routes to certification with state-approved programs to move teachers into the classroom in less time.

Our Role

At CETE, The Ohio State University mNET team supports the partnering sites by providing guidance on recruitment of teachers and best practices on how to use the mNET Learning Management System and online coaching sessions. Our role in the project includes data management, content expertise, module development, and ongoing technical support.

The team at CETE has been helpful and accommodating to the needs of our program participants. The team has developed materials our beginning teachers can use and a process that helps us keep track of our students in the learning management system. They are responsive and know the way to make the mNET program accessible to everyone, no matter the barriers!

— Martha Young, PhD, Professor Emerita of the Department of Teaching and Learning and assistant director for Project mNET at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas