Beginning Teachers



Beginning Teacher Support in Pender County Schools

 Beginning (novice) teachers (BTs) are required to participate in a three-year induction program. During the induction period BTs are required to have a formal orientation, mentor support, and both formative and summative evaluations. BTs are required to participate in the program for three years. Six consecutive months of satisfactory performance in the same Local Education Agency (LEA) will be deemed to have met the requirement for one year. BTs in North Carolina typically receive a three-year Standard Professional I (SPI) license (formerly called an initial license). BTs in Pender County must keep the following documentation during their three-years program:

  • Documentation of attendance at workshops, seminars, etc.
  • Copy of Professional Development Plan (PDP)
  • Mentor Contact log
  • Copies of online evaluation forms


Successful completion of all licensure requirements, completion of the local BT Support Program, a summary evaluation of proficient or better on all standards, and a recommendation by the employing LEA will result in the participant becoming eligible for a five-year Standard Professional II license (SPII). 

Beginning Teacher Support LiveBinder

An online binder of resources is available to our beginning teachers by visiting http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=982812. This resource includes materials from support sessions, legal information, and links to technology and other resources.


                   BT Evaluation Process

The evaluation process for all teachers begins with the teacher completing a self-assessment, which the teacher uses to develop a Professional Development Plan (PDP). This plan is revisited twice more during the year. In addition, BTs are observed 4 times per year - 3 times by administrators and 1 time by a peer, culminating with a summary rating form at the end of the year. Training on evaluation standards and processes is provided during the BT Induction, which is held at the beginning of each school year.