WCU to host new teacher ‘boot camp’ Feb. 13

Western Carolina University will host a “boot camp” for first- to third-year teachers from Western North Carolina from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in Room 102 of the Killian Building.

The boot camp is one of four offered statewide by the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program, a University of North Carolina comprehensive induction program offering multiple services designed to increase teacher effectiveness and reduce attrition among beginning teachers.

The Feb. 13 event at WCU is intended for participants from school districts in Alamance, Buncombe, Cleveland, Haywood, Jackson and Rowan counties.

According to Bryan Zugelder, program director, beginning teachers will build the critical knowledge and skills necessary to support student growth, including contributing to the success of their students, sharing content knowledge with their students, and reflecting on their teaching practice. “Any time teachers come together to learn from each other and from experts in their field, children in schools ultimately win from the better teaching and learning,” Zugelder said.

Participants will learn from the program’s instructional coaches, their peers and students. Teachers will learn how to get their students to share what they know, how to create enticing instruction for their students, and how to showcase evidence of good teaching for their principals.

“Teachers who participate in the institute find value in networking with each other and learning practical strategies to use in their classrooms immediately,” Zugelder said.

For more information about the boot camp, contact Sherrill Daugherty at (919) 417-1821 or by email at gdaugherty@northcarolina.edu or Chena Flood of WCU’s College of Education and Allied Professions at (828) 227-7027 or by email at ctflood@wcu.edu.