The North Carolina New Teacher Support Program assists beginning teachers in their first three years of teaching, the period when a teacher is most likely to leave the profession. The program provides continuous professional development and pairs teachers with an instructional coach, an experienced teacher who acts as a mentor.

A cornerstone of the program are the regular Instructional Skills Institutes that occur throughout the year, across the state, giving teachers the opportunity to convene and learn from colleagues, coaches, and education professionals. In February, EdNC spent the day at the program’s Chapel Hill institute, and heard directly from participants about the triumphs and challenges of being beginning teachers and how the program supports them in their new roles.

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