The Department of Professional Development for the District of Palm Beach County.

Educator Support Program

Program Description

The goal of the Educator Support Program is to provide personalized support for all teachers new to Palm Beach County.  Based on the level of experience, each teacher will have varied needs and requirements.

ESP Levels & Requirements

TEACHER LEVEL MENTOR REQUIREMENTS PROGRAM COMPLETION
Level 1

Teachers with temporary certificates are new to teaching.

Required

Teachers must be paired with a mentor committed to assisting them through their program.

Required

Teachers must complete all 3 Cycles of the ESP program. provide evidence of completion, and have signed competency verification form at the end of the program.

Level 2

Teachers with professional certificate with less than 1 year of experience (primarily graduates of education programs).

Required

Teachers must be paired with a mentor committed to assisting them through their program.

Required

Teachers must complete all 3 Cycles of the ESP program and provide evidence of completion.  Teachers will receive in-service points for completion.

Level 3

Teachers with professional certificate and three or more years of experience from another state or district

Not Required

Teachers should be paired with a buddy or mentor who can assist them with questions to transitioning to Palm Beach County.

Not Required

ESP Contacts should determine the level of support needed based on classroom observation.  If Level 3 teacher requests additional support they can participate in ESP.

ESP Contacts

  • ALL Level 1 and Level 2 teachers must have a mentor.  Level 3 teachers can have a buddy (optional).

ESP Mentors

  • Mentors for ESP do not need Clinical Education training.
  • Mentor must be willing to collaborate with teachers as they work through job-embedded program requirements, including side-by-side guidance, peer observations, and feedback.

ESP Teachers

  • Registration for the ESP Teacher Course is in eLearning.