NC New Teacher Support Program

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has become an anchor institution for the NC New Teacher Support Program.  The NC New Teacher Support Program is a comprehensive, university-based induction program offering a research-based curriculum and multiple services designed to increase teacher effectiveness, enhance skills, and reduce attrition among beginning teachers. The NC New Teacher Support Program (NTSP) seeks to improve student achievement by improving beginning teacher effectiveness and teacher retention with three core services, including instructional coaching, regional professional development, and a beginning teacher professional development institute.

Impact Independent assessment of the NC NTSP, finds that the NC NTSP has demonstrated strong impact on teachers served.

  • 90% of teachers served by the NC NTSP returned to teaching in North Carolina, compared to 85% not served by the NC NTSP.
  • 82.6% of teachers served by the NC NTSP returned to teaching in their district, compared to 74.7% not served by NC NTSP.
  • 80.3% of teachers served by the NC NTSP felt their Instructional Coach helped them with the confidence, knowledge, and skills in teaching, compared to district/school support (66.8%).
  • Teachers served by the NC NTSP scored higher on the NC Educator Evaluation System, compared to teachers not served by the NC NTSP.
  • 2nd and 3rd year beginning teachers served by the NC NTSP significantly outperformed non-participants in student achievement at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Service The NC NTSP serves approximately 1,300 beginning teachers in 53 school districts throughout North Carolina.

The UNCW NC NTSP Lead Instructional Coach, Ms. Lori Best, and her team are currently supporting beginning teachers in Sampson County, Whiteville City Schools, DC Virgo Prepatory Academy, Onslow County and Island Montessori Charter. Her coaching framework supports beginning teacher development through the lens of planning, instruction, and assessment. Based on her years of experience as a classroom teacher and instructional coach Ms. Best believes that all teachers can soar with the appropriate support in their first years of teaching!


Ms. Lori Best

Lead Instructional Coach
NC New Teacher Support Program 
(910) 962-7281 phone
(910-962-7400 fax 

Please click HERE for more information about the program.

Special Edition on Teacher Residency Pathways

October 2019 NC NTSP newsletter

Updates on the growth of the program can be found in the July 2018 NC NTSP newsletter.