Early Educator Support Services

Early Educator Support Services include:

  1. Mentor and Evaluation support to enrolled teachers is provided via their respective regional hub, the Early Educator Support Offices at East Carolina University or UNC Charlotte. A State map can be found online here.
  2. Teacher Enrollment and Licensure Actions, including support of attainment and maintenance of NC BK Licensure, are processed by the Early Educator Support Unit at DCDEE.
  3. Professional Development for teachers, site administrators, Mentors and Evaluators (paid staff and partners) is provided by the Early Educator Support Offices at East Carolina University and UNC Charlotte.

The Early Educator Support Unit requires the use of the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards, the NC BK Specialty Standards, the Code of Ethics for North Carolina Educators, and the NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development (August 2013). Mentor Teaching Standards and any training materials provided during orientation and subsequent meetings are also required.

The Early Educator Support Unit does not promote any specific curricula, assessments and/or child management programs.

Services to all licensed teachers are guided by the phases of the evaluation process.

Beginning Teacher Support Program (BTSP) Phases of Mentoring /Evaluating Process for NC Lateral Entry Teacher Program (LETP) & BK Initial (SP-I) Licensed Teachers

Phase 1 – Self-Assessment and Team Development

  • Begins with the self: Reflection and Self-Assessment
  • Development of the team (Teacher, Mentor, Site Administrator, and Evaluator)
  • Team Agreement Conference led by Mentor
  • Coaching Commitment Conference  (Mentor and Teacher)

Phase 2 –Professional Development Plan (PDP)

  • Discuss goal setting with your team
  • Development of Preliminary (PDP) using SMART goals

Phase 3 –Formal Observation Begins

  • Evaluator conducts the 1st formal observation with pre & post conferences
  • The Early Educator Support Offices requires one pre-conference prior to the first observation and others as needed
  • Post-observation conferences (after each observation)
  • 4 Formative Observations as scheduled
  • Teacher, Mentor, and Evaluator Sign Preliminary Professional Development Plan (PDP)

Phase 4 –Formal Observation Continues

  • Evaluator conducts the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th observations, including post conferences
  • Professional Development Plan (PDP) mid-year review: adjusted and signed

Phase 5 – Summary Evaluation Conference

  • Evaluator conducts Summary Evaluation Conference and scores the Teacher Summary Rating Form 
  • Team participates
  • Professional Development Plan (PDP) year-end reviewed and signed

Phase 6 – End of Year Submissions

  • Teacher downloads, completes, and submits the Annual Professional Development Log                          
  • Teacher saves final, completed PDP, and the signed Teacher Summary Rating Form

Reminder: These phases will be completed annually. 

Phases of Evaluation Process for BK Continuing (SP-II) Licensed Teachers

All early childhood teachers with an SP II License, PreK or PreK add-on or Provisional license are observed and evaluated but not mentored by an assigned mentor. SP-II teachers are observed and evaluated three times yearly. 

Phase 1 – Self-Assessment and Team Development

  • Begins with the self: Reflection and Self-Assessment
  • Development of the Team (Teacher, Site Administrator, and Evaluator)
  • Team Agreement Conference, Evaluator reviews the agreement with the Teacher and Site Administrator

Phase 2 - Professional Development Plan (PDP)

  • Discuss goal setting with your team
  • Development of Preliminary (PDP) using SMART goals

Phase 3 – Formal Observations

  • Evaluator conducts 3 formal observations and 1 summative evaluation conference  (unless teacher is on a monitored or directed PDP action plan)
  • The Early Educator Support Offices requires one pre-conference prior to first observation and others as needed
  • Post observation conferences (after each observation)
  • Professional Development Plan (PDP) mid-year review; adjusted and signed by teacher and evaluator

Phase 4 – Summary Evaluation Conference

  • Evaluator conducts Summary Evaluation Conference and scores the Teacher Summary Rating Form                
  • Team participates
  • Professional Development Plan (PDP) year-end-review (signed by teacher and evaluator)

Phase 5 –End of Year Submissions  

  • Teacher downloads, completes, and submits the Annual Professional Development Log                
  • Teacher saves final, completed PDP, and the signed Teacher Summary Rating Form

Reminder: These phases will be completed annually.