In response to Gov. Doug Burgum’s announcement that $2.7 million will be dedicated to the North Dakota Teacher Support System for teacher mentorship programs, North Dakota United President Nick Archuleta has released the following statement:

“Last session, North Dakota United advocated for increased funding for the ND Teacher Support System and was disappointed when the increase we sought failed to materialize. On behalf of all of us at North Dakota United, I want to thank Governor Doug Burgum for his sagacious determination to allocate more than $2.7M of federally provided funds to the ND Teacher Support System administrated by the Education Standards and Practices Board. This allocation, from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund II (GEER II), will allow the NDTSS to serve more early educators through mentoring, instructional coaching and professional development.”

“Governor Burgum shares ND United’s view that by increasing supports to early educators, we are enhancing workforce retention. Without mentoring, upwards of 45% of teachers leave the profession within their first five years of teaching. Mentoring and other support increases teacher retention, job satisfaction, and saves school districts the considerable expense of recruiting and retaining their professional teaching corps. Most importantly, these supports make teachers better, and that is good news for North Dakota’s students and their families.”

“Through this generous allocation, Governor Burgum has taken a very positive step in ensuring that North Dakota’s early educators are supported, and that is very good news for the future of teaching and learning in our great state!”