The Alamance-Burlington School System (ABSS) implements a Beginning Teacher Support Program (BTSP), as outlined by the North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) Policy Number TCED-016. The BTSP is a three-year induction program that provides a comprehensive support model for teachers in their first, second, and third year of teaching in North Carolina. Along with observing policy, the BTSP Plan aligns with the NC BTSP Standards, NC Mentor Standards, and the NC Professional Teaching Standards.
The primary goal of the BTSP is to help beginning teachers (BTs) improve their skills and build confidence to become successful educators. ABSS believes BTs will reach their fullest potential with systemic, multi-tiers of support from the state, district, and school levels, including quality mentorship. Additional goals of the BTSP include helping BTs:
- meet the NC Professional Teaching Standards;
- positively impact the learning of all students;
- choose to remain in the profession;
- take on teacher leadership roles; and
- become master
Ongoing monitoring of the ABSS BTSP Plan is necessary to comply with state regulations governing the BTSP and, more importantly, to effectively respond to the current needs of BTs and mentors. In ABSS, BTs receive an assigned mentor per SBE policies. The mentor support component of the plan maximizes available resources and provides on-going, job-embedded support for BTs.
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