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Leigh Turner [ leigh_w_turner@FC.dekalb.k12.ga.us ], Coordinator
The Teacher Support Specialists (TSS) Program is designed to provide site-based cognitive coaching and instructional support by trained, State-endorsed, mentors. Teacher Support Specialists assist student teachers, beginning teachers, teachers newly transferred to a school or grade level, teachers with professional development plans (PDPs), or teachers in need of additional support.
Teachers with a minimum of five years teaching experience who are identified as master teachers may be recommended by principals for participation in a 100 hour endorsement program to become a Teacher Support Specialist.
Every school is targeted for the program.
Teacher Support Specialists support teachers through monthly group meetings, individual mentoring conferences, observing and providing feedback, modeling effective instructional and classroom management practices and by coordinating opportunities for new teachers to observe effective teachers.
Group meetings and individual conferences include but are not limited to the following topics: