The Texas Beginning Educator Support System (TxBESS) is an initiative of the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) with project leadership and oversight from Resources for Learning (RFL). TxBESS is designed to provide systemic support for beginning teachers in their first and second years on the job. In TxBESS, partnerships that include beginning teachers, local schools and school districts, educator preparation entities, local businesses, community members, and regional education service centers have shared responsibility for the success of beginning teachers.
Supporting beginning teachers early in their career leads to reduced turnover and more experienced, better-qualified public school teaching staff. TxBESS is part of a coherent, standards-based system that begins with the state student standards and continues through pre-service preparation, induction, and in-service professional development. Beginning teachers who receive TxBESS support attain greater professional expertise more quickly than unsupported beginning teachers, This support can also lead to higher academic achievement among our Texas students.
The TxBESS support includes three day mentor training during the summer, one day mentor/mentee training before school begins, TxBESS program standards, TxBESS Framework of professional skills, and monthly professional development that both mentors and mentees attend.
Jean Smith (former Human Resources Director) obtained a grant during the summer of 2010 to implement the TxBESS program. Sherri Rector (director of the TxBESS program), Larrissa Johnson (Elementary TxBESS Trainer of Teachers-TOT) and Jacqueline Casey (Secondary TxBESS Trainer of Teachers - TOT) implemented the program in the Fall of 2010.