Supporting Beginning Teachers Community

Providing Support for Those Who Support

βš™οΈ Highly Effective Teaching & Leading πŸͺ‘ Seated & πŸ’» Virtual πŸ’² Paid

  • Dates: This program runs Sept 7, 2023 - Apr 11, 2024. For the complete experience participants should plan to attend all the sessions in this program, but that is not required. See the schedule below.

  • Location: Mix of seated and virtual sessions. See the schedule below.

  • Intended Audience: Principals & Assistant Principals, Teachers, Instructional & Tech Coaches and Mentors of new teachers; Participants do NOT have to be from Districts that are utilizing our Beginning Teachers Community BTAP program.

  • Register by Sept 1st: Registration includes the "Supporting Beginning Teachers" Book and a one year subscription to GOTeach, our quarterly newsletter with tips and tools for classroom instructional strategies, and personal self-care for teachers. When submitting the registration form, attendees will also have the option to register for any of the Beginning Teachers Community virtual sessions. Substitutions are encouraged as refunds will not be provided.

    • Members: $100

    • Non-Members: $150


β€œA teacher’s first year in the classroom is crucial. New teachers require time and professional guidance to become successful expert teachers. Without support, new teachers may not gain the confidence and knowledge necessary to continue teaching.” - Tina Boogren

In our roles as administrators, mentors, and coaches, we know the importance of our work with new hires. This collaborative community is designed to provide the support needed to be successful in the role of a mentor! The overarching goals include:

  • Establishing a collaborative network for individuals who support new teachers

  • Providing resources and support for those in this role

Foundations of Effective Teaching Series

As a part of our Foundations of Effective Teaching Series we also offer the Beginning Teachers Community for new teachers. The focus of this BTAP program is to build the capacity of beginning teachers through year-long professional learning and on-going support tailored to their needs.

Those who participate in the Supporting Beginning Teachers Community are encouraged to attend any of the Beginning Teachers Community virtual sessions that are offered 4-5:30PM on multiple dates. When submitting the registration form, you may indicate which of these virtual sessions you wish to attend.


On Your Own πŸ“–

Read and explore these chapters in the "Supporting Beginning Teachers" book:

  • Chapter 2: Designing an Effective Mentoring Program

  • Chapter 3: Providing Physical Support

Sept 7 πŸ’»
1-3 PM

Review Chapter 4 in the "Supporting Beginning Teachers" book.

  • How might we best support each other?

  • How can we provide emotional support to our new hires?

Review Chapter 6 in the "Supporting Beginning Teachers" book.

  • What about Institutional Support?

  • What does that mean and how do we make it happen?

Nov 9 πŸ’»
1-3 PM

Review Chapter 5: Providing Instructional Support in the "Supporting Beginning Teachers" book.

  • What are you seeing as the greatest needs?

  • What resources can we share with each other?

Feb 8 πŸ’»
1-3 PM

Topics of Interest TBD

Apr 11 πŸͺ‘πŸ’»
1-4 PM

Wrap and Celebration

Join in person or virtually to celebrate the year and re-calibrate for next year! Location TBD.


Dr. Debbie Yonke

Dr. Debbie Yonke
Professional Learning Director

Dr. Debbie Yonke retired as the Director of Professional Learning and Instructional Support at Republic Schools. During her 30 year career in public education, she has served as a classroom teacher, instructional specialist, and curriculum director. Her professional goal is to empower and support educators so that they might equip their students for a successful future. She has been blessed to serve alongside many other amazing educators in the Republic, Willard and Springfield districts and collaborate with leaders and teachers throughout Missouri. She also has had the opportunity to collaborate with educators throughout the nation as a Cooperative Learning Trainer and also partner with non-profit organizations to train teachers in both Cambodia and Ethiopia. In her free time, Dr. Yonke enjoys spending time with her husband, Steve who is a retired educator, their 3 daughters and grandchildren.

Resources used in the Design of this Community

  • "Supporting Beginning Teachers" by Tina Boogren

  • "New Art & Science of Teaching" by Robert Marzano

  • "101 Answers for New Teachers and Their Mentors" by Annette Breaux

GOLearn Professional Learning Framework

GOLearn PL Framework

Our GOLearn PL Framework provides an overview of the learning experiences we offer. This systems approach supports continuous improvement and allows members to identify the offerings that meet their needs, providing a personalized experience. It includes three strands: Systems Thinking, Safe and Collaborative Culture, and Highly Effective Teaching and Leading.

We use the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning when designing our experiences to ensure that we provide professional learning that leads to high-quality leading, teaching, and learning for students and educators.

Review our GOLearn Framework to identify sessions that meet your needs, see what sessions are currently open for registration on our PL Events webpage, and access the content in our on-demand catalog to start learning now.

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