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LCPS Mission: The Las Cruces Public Schools, in partnership with students, families, and the community, provides a student-centered learning environment that cultivates character, fosters academic excellence, and embraces diversity.
Beginning Teacher Induction Program (BTIP)

The LCPS Beginning Teacher Induction Program is a mandatory program for all new, beginning Level I and Alternative Licensure teachers.

Program Goals
  • Strengthen new teacher skills, competence and confidence.
  • Improve student learning by providing all students with well prepared teachers.
  • Improve school climate through professional growth for all educators.
  • Provide the support infrastructure necessary to retain quality teachers.
  • To support and assist all Level I teachers until they successfully achieve the Level II license, and Alternative Licensure teachers seeking a Level I license.
Program Components
  • Jump Start Camp
  • Monthly PD Academy Sessions
  • Site-based mentoring (trained mentors)
  • Observations
  • District mentoring by Staff Development Specialists
  • Assistance with Licensure Advancement
  • Jane E. Gurnea (Elementary), Staff Development Specialist LCPS Professional Development Center
    Phone: 575-527-9306 email:
  • Pete Dinger (Secondary), Staff Development Specialist LCPS Professional Development center
    Phone: 575-527-9304 email:
Links Resources
BTIP Instructors Jane Gurnea and Pete Dinger

BTIP Instructors Jane Gurnea and Pete Dinger

Welcome to the Las Cruces Public Schools Beginning Teacher Induction Program!

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Professional Development Academy

All LCPS beginning teachers are required to participate in district level PD academies. Sessions take place monthly after school at the Professional Development Center. PD Academy session agendas vary according to the time of year and include classroom management, high yield instructional strategies, lesson planning, support groups, Common Core State Standards, and literacy. The district provides the basic text, The First Days of School by Harry and Rosemary Wong, to all new teachers. Additional resource texts may also be provided to all new teachers. PD Academy session requirements include attendance, maintaining a notebook, readings from the Wong text, and Share Fair participation. Content aligns with the strands for the Professional Development Dossier and the NM Three-Tiered Licensure process.


Every beginning teacher is assigned a trained mentor in their building. A minimum of six hours of regular mentoring meetings will occur. These meetings continue as needed throughout the school year. This documentation is also necessary before applying for a Level II license.

Support Observations

Beginning teachers are observed by the district Staff Development Specialists for Induction. These are support observations not evaluations. Beginning teachers are also encouraged to observe experienced teachers in their buildings to acquire new instructional approaches and strategies.

Share Fair

Beginning teachers participate in a Share Fair with other beginning teachers in the spring. The protocol for this fair is modeled after Strand C of the dossier and will be a tool providing guidance for future dossier development.

Alternative Licensure / OPAL

Support is provided to teachers pursuing Alternative Licensure. In addition, OPAL Coaching is provided to those seeking the OPAL Alternative Licensure pathway.

Contact Jane E. Gurnea ( or Pete Dinger ( for questions or support with the OPAL Alternative Licensure process.

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