East Carolina University was selected by the University of North Carolina System to be the new home of the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program on July 16.
The NC NTSP is a university-based program designed “to promote retention and improve the effectiveness of beginning teachers,” according to a press release from ECU News Services. The program promotes research and provides support cultivated to each teacher’s needs and is due to relocate to ECU in July, but no specific date or location is available at this time.
“Housing the NC New Teacher Support Program at ECU confirms our institution’s commitment to improving the quality of education for citizens of North Carolina, specifically in historically disadvantaged communities, in collaboration with UNC institutions across the state,” ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton said in the release. “We hope that our work in improving the education for students in North Carolina will create better opportunities for our youth to gain access to our great university system.”
Grant Hayes, current dean of ECU’s College of Education, said his department is excited to house the NC NTSP.
“We are committed to ensuring educator preparation reform and we are currently conducting research on the impact NC NTSP has on teacher preparation, teacher induction and teacher leadership,” Hayes said in the release. “We plan to work collaboratively with participating institutions to continue to advance the important work of this impactful program.”
University of North Carolina System President, Margaret Spellings, said this relocation is a part of a larger strategy to see how current systems align with the UNC System goals.
The UNC System formed a committee to review proposals from other universities interested in hosting the NC NTSP. The committee was composed of three people familiar with the NC NTSP. Despite strong proposals from Appalachian State University and UNC at Greensboro, the committee voted unanimously for ECU.
UNC System committee members include Andrea Whittaker, director of teacher performance assessment at the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity, Andrew Sioberg, director of educator preparation at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Bryan Hassel, co-president at Public Impact, which is an organization dedicated “to improve education dramatically for all students, especially low-income students, students of color, and other students whose needs historically have not been well met,” according to Public Impact’s website.