Beginning teachers who are mentored by TxBESS trained teachers stay in the profession longer. Therefore, hiring costs are reduced. It costs about $3000 a year to support a beginning teacher and $8000 a year to replace a beginning teacher. It also increases your ability to promote campus initiatives by building a stable faculty. Finally student learning is increased when they have teachers with significant teaching experience.
Yes, TxBESS can help assess your district mentoring needs and help facilitate planning towards formalizing a mentoring program for the district. Training for your mentors would be a first step in formalizing that mentoring program.
No, TxBESS believes that in order for beginning teachers and mentors to be successful they must have the support of the campus administrators. TxBESS offers principal training and encourages districts to participate in an administrative book study, From First Year to First Rate.
A beginning teacher is considered a "new to profession" teacher. In other words,
a teacher in their first year on the job.
Cost of training sessions varies per session. See Trainings.
No, any service center can benefit from our services.
If a portion of a training session is missed, the participant is responsible for making that absence time. At this point in time, we are not certain whether more training sessions will be offered throughout the year. If there is a significant demand, we will make the appropriate accommodations.
To be certified as a TxBESS mentor means that you have been trained to conduct formative assessments on a beginning teacher and you are skilled in coaching beginning teachers to success.