To align with our Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS), a multi-tiered support structure expands mentoring support to the first three (3) years of employment. These years are designed to be formative years during which novice educators are developing their professional skills.
A key structure of the Novice Teacher Mentoring System is the Novice Teacher Quest, (NT Quest), held by the Educational Service Cooperatives (ESC). These multi-tiered “Journeys” of the NT Quest are led by master teachers, who utilize a variety of research-based educational strategies, including in-depth information regarding Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching upon which the Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS) is based. The educational strategies are tools by which educators can translate their professional learning into practical and effective implementation on the job. Multiple journeys are held during the school year, providing novice educators opportunities to engage both in focused, professional growth development specific to their work, and in networking with other educators in their region and respective fields.
For more information regarding the Novice Teacher Mentoring System, please contact your local ESC or your Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC).
Experienced educators new to Arkansas or returning to the profession may attend regional informational meetings on TESS and EdReflect. The regional meetings will be held and scheduled by each Educational Service Cooperative.
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