The Sampson County Schools Board of Education is scheduled to approve a plan to help new teachers.
During a Tuesday work session, Brenda Nordin, the beginning teacher and mentor coordinator for Sampson School, presented the plan which is designed to help educators in their first, second, and third years. The plan follows a mandate set by a North Carolina State Board Policy. A Beginning Teacher Support Plan (BTSP) is required during a three-year induction. Programs must be approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the local board of education.
According to school officials, there’s about 90 employees in either their first, second or third year of teaching. All first-year teachers attend a three-day orientation before school begins.
Later, they meet each month with Nordin for professional development. During the year, classrooms observations are also conducted.
The program also includes mentoring, where individuals receive support and receive help with objects and other expectations of being an educator. They also offer assistance with lesson plans, classroom management, and teaching strategies.
The next board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at the Sampson County Board of Education.