Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Novice Teacher and Teacher Mentoring


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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. 

Novice Teacher Quest

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).



Out of State Experienced Educators and Educators Returning to the Profession

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.

For more information, please contact:

Maureen Harness, Educator Support & Development Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Office for Professional Educators
Four Capitol Mall, Box 5
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-4382

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