New Series Offers Beginning Teachers a Support System From Profs You can offer input to 'Advanced Practices for Early Career Teachers' in June 13 livestream Q&A


Dominic Belmonte.

Dominic Belmonte.

Standing in front of your own classroom for the first time has been compared to a high-wire act. National Louis University’s National College of Education wants to offer early career teachers support as you move forward in this journey.

NLU is launching the Advanced Practices for Early Career Teachers series to provide ongoing, structured mentoring and professional learning that’s specifically designed to meet your needs as a beginning educator.

Dominic “Dom” Belmonte, NLU Distinguished Professor of Practice and former director of the Golden Apple Foundation, will teach the first course in the series, “The Teacher’s Journey: Becoming a Grounded Teacher” starting in June.

Please join Belmonte and NCE Dean Robert Muller for a livestreamed Q and A on Wednesday, June 13 at 5 pm. They will field any questions about the series or course, and welcome thoughts and ideas about how the series can best offer useful, practical help to early career teachers dancing on that highwire.

Click here to register for our live Q & A. »

If you’re unable to attend but have questions, or if you’d like a recap of the conversation, please email

The series will be a resource for early-career teachers. Belmonte intends for it to foster a supportive community of practice, providing ongoing mentoring, advice and counsel with teachers’ real-time challenges as they face them.

It will collaboratively cultivate the skills and flexible thinking needed to confidently respond to and effectively manage circumstances related to:

  • Classroom management (including being prepared for common and uncommon situations)
  • Culturally sensitive pedagogy to engage all learners
  • Social-emotional learning
  • Childhood trauma
  • School climate and safety

This summer’s course will offer one hour of graduate-level course credit. Participants will attend one day of in-person instruction, with three dates and locations available, and complete the rest of the work online.

Learn more about the Advanced Practices for Early Career Educators series here.