Building upon the university's existing partnerships with the public schools, the Center for the Support of Beginning Teachers (CSBT), a unique and fast-growing resource, works to stem the tide of new teachers abandoning the profession before they have completed five years of service. WNC beginning teachers, their mentors, and administrators benefit from the Center.
The mission of the Center for the Support of Beginning Teachers is to address the need for an adequate supply of highly qualified teachers by supporting the professional development of beginning teachers and their transition to the classroom.
The College of Education and Allied Professions (CEAP) at Western Carolina University has long recognized that effective support for beginning teachers must be provided in order to improve retention rates and teacher quality. Western understands that beginning teachers want and need a variety of support––emotional, procedural, technical, and instructional––and that no one person or unit can provide all of these supports.
In 2005, Western’s Board of Trustees established the Center for the Support of Beginning Teachers (CSBT). Housed in CEAP, the Center is designed to address identified needs of Western North Carolina beginning teachers and build upon established partnerships, programs, and past grant-funded initiatives by consolidating and formalizing new teacher support.
The Center provides resources and professional development activities tailored to teachers in WNC. Data are also collected examining the effects of mentoring and induction programs on new teacher retention. The Center and its school partners seek external funding in the form of grants to further support its activities.
The Center also publishes the booklet, Supporting New Teachers: Tips for Mentors (pdf). Tips for Mentors contains a collection of mentoring tips submitted by mentors working in the CSBT Online Support Program and are based on Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching (2007). These tips serve as a reminder of the many trials facing new teachers. The strategies, advice, and words of encouragement guide mentors in their work.