Building upon the university's existing partnerships with the public schools, Beginning Teacher Support is a unique and fast-growing resource and works to stem the tide of new teachers abandoning the profession before they have completed five years of service. WNC beginning teachers, their mentors, and administrators can benefit from Beginning Teacher Support resources.
Our mission is to address the need for an adequate supply of highly qualified teachers by supporting the professional development of beginning teachers and their transition to the classroom.
The College of Education and Allied Professions (CEAP) at Western Carolina University has long recognized that effective support for beginning teachers must be provided in order to improve retention rates and teacher quality. Western understands that beginning teachers want and need a variety of support––emotional, procedural, technical, and instructional––and that no one person or unit can provide all of these supports.
For over 10 years, Beginning Teacher Support, part of TRACS (Teacher Recruitment, Advising and Career Support), has been committed to identifying needs of Western North Carolina beginning teachers, and providing resources and professional development activities to teachers in WNC.
Established in 2005, Dr. Janice Holt lead efforts to collect data, form partnerships, and seek grant funding. Dr. Holt’s efforts are continued today, with a variety of activities, resources, and continued partnerships that focus on the success of beginning teachers.