Catawba County Schools Beginning Teacher Induction

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  • CCS Beginning Teacher Support Program:                     Supporting new teacher growth through focused induction and mentoring.

    Summer Beginning Teacher Induction

    For Lateral Entry Teachers:

    Two weeks of workshops are designed to prepare the lateral entry teacher for the instruction of students.  Sessions include:

    • Implementing the NC Standard Course of Study
    • Creating lesson and unit plans
    • Understanding the learner
    • Understanding how the brain learns
    • Managing the classroom
    • Processing lateral entry licensure

    For College Education  Program Graduates:

    One week of workshops is designed to acclimate new teachers to the Catawba County Schools’ district and community.  Sessions include:

    • Understanding the learner
    • Communicating with parents
    • Working with Exceptional Students
    • Reviewing system policy and procedures
    • Defining issues in Curriculum and  Instruction

    Structured Mentor Support

    Mentors Teams

    Each teacher in his or her first through third years of beginning teacher status has  the support of a mentor team within his or her school. 

    These experienced teachers work one-on-one with the novice teacher to  assist in any area in which the teacher may need support.

    The team also leads a monthly whole group seminar incorporating first, second, and third year teachers.  These sessions provide timely information about site-based initiatives and events.  The mentor teams help the new teacher adapt to the culture of his or her school while offering instructional and management tips to help the classroom run more efficiently and effectively.

    Master Mentors 

    When an individual novice teacher is struggling in the classroom and needs focused support, a  retired master teacher in that person’s licensure area will be contracted to help.  This Master Mentor models effective planning, management, and instructional strategies as well as helps the novice teacher to become more organized and thorough in documentation. 

    The Master Mentor works with the teacher for a short amount of time providing the concentrated assistance needed to get the teacher back on track. The Master Mentor then continues to make follow up visits as needed throughout the remainder of the year. 

    This program is designed to give the highest level of support to beginning teachers in order for them to be successful on their own and student growth.

    Monthly Beginning Teacher Seminars

    For All First-Year Teachers:

    Monthly sessions are structured to provide additional information and training in areas of challenge for novice teachers including:

    • Instructional strategies for use with special needs students
    • The North Carolina Educator Evaluation System and Online Tool
    • Best Practice Instruction Strategies
    • Classroom management
    • Professional documentation
    • What do I do when…?

    Each session allows for networking and peer interaction to discuss successes and needs.  Instructional strategies are also modeled throughout the sessions to increase the new teachers’ tool kit.