The Mentoring for School Improvement (MenSI) project is a 28-month Coordination and Support Action (from November 2020 to February 2023) funded by the European Commission H2020 programme. The project will carry out a pan-European investigation into how different approaches to mentoring can support the mainstreaming of innovative digital teaching practices in primary and secondary schools.
Involving ministries of education in six countries (Belgium-Flanders, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Portugal), MenSI will create a network of 24 Mentor Schools working with some one hundred Mentee Schools. By the end of the project, the network will open up to other schools interested in applying school mentoring approaches to develop innovative pedagogical practice involving digital technologies in teaching and learning.
The key objectives of MenSI are:
- To investigate school-to-school mentoring theory and practice including the strengths, weaknesses and related costs of different mentoring and school peer-to-peer learning models.
- To create and animate a network of over 100 Mentor and Mentee Schools to pilot a range of approaches to addressing policy challenges.
- To analyse the effectiveness of whole-school mentoring approaches applied by network schools to support mainstreaming of ICT and address policy challenges in partner countries.
- To offer evidence-based recommendations and guidelines for the cost-effective coordination of school clusters through different approaches (top-down, bottom-up, virtual, etc.).
- To create a community of practice and professional development opportunities for a wider group of school staff and an exchange mechanism for policy makers.
Funding: European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 101004633)
Duration: November 2020 – February 2023
- Status: Current