Educators, such as those in rural areas, who teach in specialized fields like physics, calculus or special education, sometimes can feel isolated. The Santa Cruz, Calif.-based New Teacher Center has launched an e-mentoring initiative in Kansas that seeks to use technology to bring educators together. In the program, experienced teachers are linked with a group of novices with whom they meet twice a week through videoconferencing or telephone calls and online group discussions, where teachers can pose questions about classroom practices.

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