Welcome to the First Years of Teaching Support Program

The Watson College of Education supports its graduates and teachers in our partnership districts in the first three years of their teaching career through the First Years of Teaching Support Program. This program engages teachers in reflective decision-making focused on developing instructional practices that increase student performance.

The three main components of the program are: onsite support and professional growth, leadership opportunities, and web-based resources selected to address the responsibilities of new teachers. Participants receive a certificate recognizing their active participation in onsite support and professional growth activities.



Beginning Teacher Conference Days for the 2022-2023 School Year: 

November 4, 2022  9AM-3:30PM

February 17, 2023 9AM-3:30PM

April 21, 2023 9AM-3:30PM

All professional development will be hosted in person at the Watson College of Education. 


Each conference day will consists of whole group and small group professional development led by UNCW faculty, community partners, and teacher leaders. There is limited capacity for our on campus professional development events and meals will be provided. We look forward to hosting you for full days of collaborative learning this year at the Watson College of Education!

For more information, contact Jennifer Knight, PDS Assistant Director, at 910-962-4246 or

Watson College of Education does not maintain, nor is responsible for the content of websites found through this program. If you find broken links or other problems with this website, please contact us.

The Topics listed below link to an annotated list of web-based resources: