Beginning Teachers Support Program

 We are so excited that you have chosen to teach in Burke County Public Schools. Together we
will #IgniteLearningBCPS! BCPS is committed to the success of each beginning teacher. The
BCPS Beginning Teacher Support Program assists novice teachers (Teachers with a Standard
Professional (SP) 1 License) in meeting qualifications leading to a Standard Professional (SP) 2
License. Part of the assistance provided by BCPS during the required three-year support
program includes initial orientation, on-site mentors, a teacher buddy, professional
development, and collaboration with teacher leaders. Administrators, the Beginning Teacher
Support Coordinator, and Instructional Coaches partner with beginning teachers and mentors
for a cohesive system of support.

Starting the school year off on a positive note is very important. Your principal and mentor will
be available to assist in setting up your classroom and preparing for the important first day of
school. District administrators, building administrators and teacher leaders will make frequent
classroom visits throughout the year to support with teaching techniques.
In order to complete the BTSP, Beginning Teachers must attend orientation, teach successfully
for three years, attend required professional development and BT meetings, successfully
complete necessary coursework for certification, achieve the rating of Proficient or higher
(Accomplished or Distinguished) on all five NC 21st Century Teaching Standards by the final
third year summative evaluation, and be recommended for an SP2 License. It sounds like a
daunting task, but we are here to support you through it.

North Carolina 21st Century Teaching Standards

Use the BCPS Beginning Teacher website to find and explore information regarding North
Carolina State Law regarding Beginning Teacher Support Programs; resources for your
classroom, the monthly Smore (newsletter), Professional Development dates, and
more! Feel free to contact me if I can support you in any way.




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