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UNCW Becomes NC NTSP Anchor Institution

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

In January, UNCW became the ninth anchor institution for the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program. The NC NTSP brings regional universities together with district partners to support beginning teachers in order to improve teacher retention, effectiveness and student learning.

NC NTSP provides each participating beginning teacher a research-based curriculum and multiple induction services including an intensive Institute ‘boot camp’, individualized classroom coaching and aligned professional development sessions.

NC NTSP currently serves over 1,300 beginning teachers in 48 school districts across the state. The program is funded by the University of North Carolina General Administration.

“The Watson College is pleased to join the NTSP as an anchor site,” said Somer Lewis. “Participation in the state-wide program will enable us to build on WCE’s First Years of Teaching and Promise of Leadership programs to offer an increased level of support to beginning teachers in our partnership districts.”

Lewis is director of WCE’s Professional Development System Office. She will also serve as regional director of UNCW’s new NTSP Program.

UNCW will begin with a limited program in spring 2018 that will include a pilot in Sampson and Pender Counties.

Assistant PDS director Jenn Hatch Knight will assist with initial program implementation, with support from Lewis and an NTSP coach from NC State. Funding from UNC GA will enable UNCW to hire a Lead Coach in 2018 to manage future program development and growth.