We are committed to providing a
seamless layer of support for its beginning teachers. The North
Carolina Beginning Teacher Support Program (BTSP) has been enhanced in our district to provide continuous support to beginning teachers through
one-on-one mentoring at the school level, as well as, extensive
assistance through school-level group meetings and staff development.
We select veteran teachers to serve
as mentors and provides them with comprehensive mentor training.
Mentors serve as coaches and supporters to new teachers, assisting in
their professional growth through reflective practice, modeling, and
This program is a comprehensive wrap‐around training and support
program for new teachers that includes a mentor component, an
orientation, induction activities, and targeted training.
In addition, we offer support in the following manner:
- The trained mentor works directly with the beginning teacher to
observe lessons and to offer feedback prior to formal administrative
- The mentor coordinator at each school develops a year-long Support
Group Plan tailored to meet the specific needs of the school’s novice
- Support group meetings are conducted for beginning teachers to
foster professional growth through collaboration, dialogue, and
reflection on the practice and profession of teaching
- In-depth assistance with measuring the performance for individual
teachers using the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards and
the implementation of both the North Carolina and Wake County curricula
Did You Know?
- If you are in the first three years of your teaching career, NC considers you a Beginning Teacher.
- As a Beginning Teacher in Wake County, you will be assigned to a trained mentor who is an experienced teacher in your school.
- Your mentor will observe lessons in your classroom throughout the year and offer suggestions for continued growth.
- All schools in the WCPSS have Mentor Coordinators who facilitate
monthly school-based meetings tailored to the needs of Beginning
- A team of BTSP Coordinating Teachers provides assistance and support at the district level.
- All Beginning Teachers have access to staff development opportunities designed to enhance classroom instruction.
- Professional Learning Teams at each school allow Beginning
Teachers to collaborate with peers on issues related to learning and
- Each year the WCPSS sponsors the Diane Kent-Parker First Year
Teacher Award to recognize Beginning Teachers who have demonstrated
significant professional success during their first year of teaching.
- During year one of the BTSP, Beginning Teachers who participate
in a required Beginning Teacher Induction are eligible to receive up to
three days additional pay following New Employee Orientation