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Grant-Funded Research

The Center for the Support of Beginning Teachers collaborates with public school systems and university faculty members/CEAP center directors to identify potential funding sources and to submit grant proposals focusing on new teacher development and retention. This process provides opportunities to implement Western's UNC-Tomorrow Initiative (, Stewards of Place and the Boyer Model of Scholarship.

Z. Smith Reynolds Project START: Supporting, Training, And Retaining Teachers - online program of support for first-year teachers (2006-2008).

A two-year $95,000 grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation will help Western Carolina University enhance efforts to improve the retention rate of first-year teachers in seven Western North Carolina school systems. View the article published in the 2009 WCU Research Journal (PDF).



NC QUEST: Project SPACE (Supporting Pedagogical And Content Expertise) (.rm file)

An overview of the SPACE induction model on teacher retention (2003-2005).


Z. Smith Reynolds Beginning Teacher/Teacher Leader Program - effects of mentoring on teacher retention (2002-2004).


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