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Texas provides a number of programs aimed at placing high-quality educators in each public school classroom. The programs range from mentoring programs to financial assistance programs to recognizing outstanding work.
The Beginning Teacher Induction and Mentoring (BTIM) program allows districts to assign a veteran teacher as a mentor to a teacher with less than two years of teaching experience. The program's goal is to improve retention rates among new educators.Because we know effective teachers impact educational performance, it is important to place well-prepared teachers in the classroom. Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, educators who teach core academic areas are expected to be meet certain competencies and requirements. When they do so, they are designated as highly qualified teachers.
To encourage top educators to take on some of the most crucial teaching assignments, the federal and state government make student loan forgiveness programs available to those who teach in low-income areas or in critical shortage subject areas.
Because Texans trust educators with their most precious gift, their children, citizens expect strong ethical and moral behavior from the state's educators. The educator code of ethics sets out those expectations.
The Texas Education Agency has produced training videos to help prepare ethical educators.
Realizing that it is important to attract, retain and recognize outstanding educators, the Texas Education Agency supports various awards programs such as the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and the Teacher of the Year Award.
Dubbed the "Oscars of Teaching" by Teacher magazine, the Milken National Educator Award spotlights early to mid-career educators who are highly effective. The privately-funded program has given out more than $65 million in unrestricted cash prizes to the country's top educators.
Texas is a long-time participant in the National and State Teacher of the Year Award.