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School launches alumni mentoring network

Teacher retention is a serious cause of concern not only for North Carolina but nationwide. Currently, one-third of teachers leave the profession by the third year and one-half after the fifth year. Recent studies, however, show that mentoring can be an effective tool in keeping teachers in the classroom.

 In this vein, the School of Education is pleased to announce a new initiative, the Carolina Teachers’ Connection, which aims to provide alumni support for novice teachers beginning with the School’s 2007 graduating class. The Carolina Teachers’ Connection is unique in that it matches experienced UNC alumni with novice UNC graduates on a one-on-one basis. Experienced educators who graduated from the School remember the early challenges of teaching and are generously volunteering their time to provide informal mentoring and encouragement for recent graduates entering the field. 

By building connections and fostering relationships with alumni teachers, new educators can be sustained, inspired and supported so that they are more likely to have a positive teaching experience. The relationships between alumni, building on the Carolina spirit, promise to create a network that will benefit not only the graduates, but their students, schools and the community at large.

Read more about the Carolina Teachers’ Connection and the program’s guidelines under the Alumni Today section of the School’s website. Both experienced teachers who graduated from the School as well as recently graduated first- and second-year teachers who are inspired by this opportunity are invited to join the alumni network by submitting an online participant profile form.