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Beginning Teacher Network

Research clearly shows that the quality of the teacher in the classroom has a great effect on student achievement. In order to become as effective as possible, every first-year teacher deserves the support of his/her principal and colleagues and, in addition, a trained mentor who works in close proximity to the new teacher, a trained mentor who works in the same content area or grade level as the new teacher (the previous two may be the same person), and the support of other beginning teachers.

Professional Growth, Collegial Dialogue, Support & Guidance for 1st Year Teachers!
SEEC's Beginning Teacher Network (BTN) is a professional development program that offers new educators an opportunity for support and collaboration in order to enhance classroom practices. The program seeks to provide first-year educators with an opportunity for professional growth, collegial dialogue, support and guidance. BTN meetings provide a face-to-face forum for discussing topics that arise from the teachers' day-to-day practices. BTN provides support in THREE targeted areas:
Classroom Management; Effective Teaching Practices; and Content-Specific PLC Support Sessions

BTN is funded through a grant provided by the N.D. Teacher Support System.

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2021-2022 Beginning Teacher Network

Register here!

Questions? Contact Danette.Brown@k12.nd.us.

Session 1 Parents as Partners Recorded 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Zoom
Session 2 Resources and Supports October 12, 2021 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Zoom
Session 3 Managing the Learning November 16th, 2021
November 18th, 2021
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM Fargo
Session 4 Check-in #1 December (Date TBD) 1-hour (Time TBD) Zoom
Session 5 Tier 1 - Good Instruction for all students January (Date TBD) 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Zoom
Session 6 Content Area Support February (Date TBD) 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Zoom
Session 7 Content Area Support March (Date TBD) 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Zoom
Session 8 Final Check-in & Celebration April (Date TBD) 1-hour (Time TBD) Zoom

ND Teacher Support System

Teacher SupportThe Teacher Support System was established by the North Dakota Legislature to provide trained mentors for first-year teachers in North Dakota. First-year teachers eligible to participate are those who are in their first year of contracted teaching and are employed by a public school district, Career and Technical center, special education unite, BIE school or REA. Teachers in private schools are not presently eligible. The Teacher Support System provides:

  • Mentor training
  • Administrator training (online)
  • Online class for first-year teachers
  • Seminars and advanced training opportunities for mentors
  • Travel expenses for program trainings and seminars
  • A structured program for all participants
  • Stipends for mentors (up to $1600/year upon completion of all activities)
  • Reimbursement of up to $500 for substitute use for program activities

Visit the ND Teacher Support System website for more information at

School/District Orientation

Providing new teachers with an orientation to the school building, procedures and resources - both people and materials - helps them to feel comfortable and confident in their new school. It is important for them to become aware of the support available to them and their students and to begin to identify how they fit into the larger school learning community.This can be done in a variety of ways including meeting with a principal, having a "buddy", or a new teacher tour.


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Contact Information

Danette Brown

Professional Learning Specialist