Office of Education #9
Champaign - Ford Counties
Novice Teacher Support Project
1997 a partnership among the Champaign-Ford Regional Office of Education,
the Vermilion Regional Office of Education, and the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign and area school districts designed and implemented
a program to provide professional development and support to beginning
teachers in central Illinois. Out of this partnership was born the Novice
Teacher Support Project (NTSP)
goals of the NTSP are:
To provide ongoing professional development specifically designed
for teachers who hold initial Teaching Certificates.
provide a variety of professional development resources for making
the transition from university to classroom.
provide all educators with opportunities to reflect on ways to improve
teaching and learning.
create a trans-organizational community dedicated to improving learning
conditions for teachers and students.
Novice Teacher Support Project includes a variety of activities for
first, second, third and fourth year teachers.
These three-hour workshops are developed to address the needs of the
new teacher and are linked to the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards.
Content also reflects the ongoing needs assessments conducted by the
evaluation teams. New teachers are grouped in grade-level cohorts.
An online component provides an opportunity for reflection and feedback
Ongoing Web-based Conferencing (E-Mentoring)
Grouped by grade level and content area, new teachers and their mentors
“meet” frequently using a password-protected domain of
the NTSP Web site. Thus, novice teachers and experienced teachers
have an opportunity to interact with one another, to give and receive
advice and assistance, and to engage in a variety of professional
Teams of professional development staff and university faculty offer
initial and ongoing training for experienced teachers and administrators
who want to learn mentoring skills and plan a district-based mentoring
Interactive Web Site
Educators from across Illinois and around the world are invited to
visit our Web site located at http://ntsp.ed.uiuc.edu. It contains
a wealth of professional resources of interest not only to novice
teachers but also to all educators.
more information regarding the Novice Teacher Support Project, please
Kevin Seymour, Director
Regional Office of Education SchoolWorks
200 South Frederick Street
Rantoul, IL 61866
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