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McDowell County Schools Beginning Teacher Webpage


Beginning Teacher Meeting Dates

*** BT1’s attend all meetings

*** BT2’s and 3’s attend Oct, March and June and pick 2 others, for a total of 5.
Time: 3:30 - 4:45


 Beginning Teacher Celebration Event

Sponsored by USTEP- The University, School, Teacher, Education Partnership: UNCA, Asheville City, Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, and Transylvania County Schools

  • Available to:  All Beginning Teachers years 1-3 (space is limited so register early)
  • Breakout session years 1 and 2:  Surviving to Thriving
  • Breakout session year 3: National Board Certification
  • Date:  Tuesday, November 14, 2017
  • Time:  5:00-7:00 PM
  • Location:  Nesbitt Discovery Academy

175 Bingham Rd., Asheville


  • Door Prizes compliments of community partners
  • Stipends provided by UNCA’s Induction Committee
  • Food compliments of NEA (National Education Association)


**Please bring a digital device to the event


**Celebration event registration link below: please complete by November 2nd.

Beginning Teacher Support Program Contact Information
 Ms. Susan Westall
(828)-652-4535 ext. 301

Access the new NCDPI Online Licensure System to change your name on your Professional Educator’s License.

Instructions and more information are available within the online licensure system. You must upload into the new online system copies of official documentation to verify the change, such as the following:


  • Marriage certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Driver’s license
  • Other court documents showing that the educator’s name has been changed officially.

         **** A $60.00 processing fee is required.****



Beginning Teacher Support Program

Goals of the Beginning Teacher Support Program


One primary and direct goal of the BTSP is to help new teachers improve skills and build confidence to become successful educators. BTs will only reach their fullest potential with systems of support from the state, school district, local school and quality mentors. North Carolina’s program includes these components in order to provide a systematic structure of support for beginning teachers.


Other goals of the BTSP are to ensure that BTs:

       meet the states professional teaching standards;

       impact the learning of all students in distinguished ways and;

       choose to remain in the profession and become future master teachers, teacher leaders, skilled administrators and superintendents.


 The Beginning Teacher Support Program began in North Carolina schools in 1997 and is designed specifically to meet the needs of teachers who are new to the teaching profession. McDowell County Schools Beginning Teachers' Program is committed to meeting the North Carolina Standards for Beginning Teachers while assisting teachers in developing decision-making skills to include positive expectations for students. This webpage offers helpful resources, important dates, and reminders for our Beginning Teachers. 

Newsletter for NC BTs- November , 2017 PDF by Nichole Lewis on Scribd

 (Click each image to gather information for Beginning Teachers.)

Beginning Teacher Support Program Timetable

Year 1

The beginning teacher:

  • is assigned a mentor
  • is provided an orientation
  • develops  a Professional Development Plan
  • completes any professional development required/prescribed by the LEA
  • is observed at least four times culminating with a summative evaluation

Year 2

The  beginning teacher:

  • continues to have a mentor teacher
  • updates the  Professional Development Plan
  • completes any professional development required/prescribed by the LEA
  • is observed at least four times culminating with a summative evaluation

Year 3

The  beginning teacher:

  • continues to have a mentor teacher
  • updates  Professional Development Plan
  • completes any professional development required/prescribed by the LEA
  • is observed at least four times culminating with a summative evaluation

Helpful Websites for New Teachers

The following websites are loaded with helpful information that new teachers will appreciate.
  1. New Teacher Survival Central Discovery Education supplies tons of resources that new teachers will find helpful at this site.                                                            
  2. Learn NC. From the UNC School of Education, this site offers everything from classroom management techniques to projects and collections. While much of the information is specific to North Carolina, there is still plenty here for teachers in other states.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  3. Survival Guide for New Teachers. This online handbook is published by the US Department of Education and offers tons of information to make that first year a bit easier.                                                                                                                                                                    
  4. Reading Rockets First Year Teacher Program. This site is dedicated to helping teachers teach reading effectively.                                       
  5. Teaching Today. Read articles and teachers’ blogs, get tips, find lesson plans, and more from this site sponsored by McGraw-Hill.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  6. The Teacher’s Corner. Get free printables and other classroom materials, chat on the teacher forum, and more here.                                    
  7. Teacher Planet. This site is loaded with resources, freebies, and much more.                                                                                                                      
  8. Teachers Network. This site is full of information from grants to videos and podcasts to helplines and even offers a whole section specifically for new teachers.                                                                                                                                                                                 
  9. Scholastic Teachers.Get teaching resources, activities for students, and find information on books and authors.                                           
  10. National Geographic.This site offers a wealth of educator resources and programs as well as resources for students.
  11. This NCCAT link has videos that will help support classroom needs such as: Behavior Management, Brain Compatible Teaching, Differentiated Instruction, Assessment, Taking Care of YourselfNCCAT


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