Beginning Teacher Assistance

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MSTA Beginning Teacher Assistance Program Sponsored by Missouri State University - West Plains

Date:  September 14, 2015
Location:  Missouri State University - West Plains,  Lybyer Hall, Room 104/105
Time:  Check-In at 8:30am.  Workshop 9am - 3pm
Parking and Lunch provided by Missouri State
This event is open to first and second year teachers from any district, and graduates from any institution.  Participants will earn full BTA credit (6 points).  

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MSTA Beginning Teacher Assistance Program Sponsored by Missouri State University - Springfield

Date:  September 18, 2015  THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL!
Location:  Missouri State University - Plaster Student Union, Ballroom East
Time:  Check-In at 8:30am.  Workshop 9am - 3pm
Parking and lunch provided by Missouri State
This event is open to first and second year teachers from any district, and graduates from any institution.  Participants will earn full BTA credit (6 points).  

New Special Education Teaching Academy:  Day 2 - Quality Eligibility Determinations/Evaluations

Date:  October 28, 2015  THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL!
Location:  Park Central Office Building, 117 Park Central Square Springfield, MO  Rom 112
Time: Check-In at 8:00am.  Workshop 8:30am - 12:30pm.  A sunrise breakfast will be served.
Credit:  2 BTA Points
Cost:  $160.00 for all 4 sessions

This Academy is designed to take new Special Education Teachers through the entire special education process including quality eligibility determinations, writing standards based IEPs, being in compliance with Federal and State regulations, and much more. In addition, this year long academy provides new teachers with a much needed venue to ask questions and find resources in the most challenging year of teaching. The topics covered and added support is a valuable investment for your new special education teachers!

This training is intended only for new special education teachers in your district for the 2015-16 school year.  Participants who complete all 4 sessions (Aug. 20, Oct 28, Feb. 25, April 15) will earn full BTA credit (6 points).  

Developing Success for Youth Conference - Keynote Speaker Dr. Patricia Jennings

Developing Success for Youth Conference - Keynote Speaker Dr. Patricia Jennings
Date: November 6, 2015
Location: Drury University - Lay Auditorium
Time: Check-In and Continental Breakfast from 7:30am - 8:30am
Event: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Lunch on your own
Cost: $75.00 for BTA Participants

Dr. Jennings will present "The Emotional Art of Teaching: Mastering Classroom Social and Emotional Dynamics to Promote Learning". Drawing upon basic and applied research in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and education, this workshop will provide information about how mindfulness-based approaches can help teachers manage the stressful demands of the classroom, cultivate an exceptional learning environment, and revitalize teaching and learning. In addition to the research behind these approaches, participants will learn some simple awareness practices for managing stress and promoting wellbeing.

Participants will earn full BTA Credit (6 points).

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New Special Education Teaching Academy:  Day 3 - Creating Standard's Based IEP's

Date: February 25, 2016
Location:  Park Central Office Building, 117 Park Central Square Springfield, MO  Rom 112
Time: Check-In at 8:00am.  Workshop 8:30am - 2:30pm.  A sunrise breakfast will be served.
Credit:  2 BTA Points
Cost:  $160.00 for all 4 sessions

This Academy is designed to take new Special Education Teachers through the entire special education process including quality eligibility determinations, writing standards based IEPs, being in compliance with Federal and State regulations, and much more. In addition, this year long academy provides new teachers with a much needed venue to ask questions and find resources in the most challenging year of teaching. The topics covered and added support is a valuable investment for your new special education teachers!

This training is intended only for new special education teachers in your district for the 2015-16 school year.  Participants who complete all 4 sessions (Aug. 20, Oct 28, Feb. 25, April 15) will earn full BTA credit (6 points).  

To register for this workshop series, please visit My Learning Plan.

MSTA Beginning Teacher Assistance Program Sponsored by Evangel University - Springfield

Date:  March 18, 2016
Location:  Joust Hall, West Conference Room
Time:  Check-In at 8:30am.  Workshop 9am - 3pm
Parking and lunch provided
This event is open to first and second year teachers from any district, and graduates from any institution.  Participants will earn full BTA credit (6 points).  

Click here for more information and to register for this event.

New Special Education Teaching Academy:  Day 4 - Hot Topics in Special Education and Progress Monitoring

Date: April 15, 2016
Location:  Park Central Office Building, 117 Park Central Square Springfield, MO  Rom 112
Time: Check-In at 8:00am.  Workshop 8:30am - 12:30pm.  A sunrise breakfast will be served.
Credit:  2 BTA Points
Cost:  $160.00 for all 4 sessions

This Academy is designed to take new Special Education Teachers through the entire special education process including quality eligibility determinations, writing standards based IEPs, being in compliance with Federal and State regulations, and much more. In addition, this year long academy provides new teachers with a much needed venue to ask questions and find resources in the most challenging year of teaching. The topics covered and added support is a valuable investment for your new special education teachers!

This training is intended only for new special education teachers in your district for the 2015-16 school year.  Participants who complete all 4 sessions (Aug. 20, Oct 28, Feb. 25, April 15) will earn full BTA credit (6 points).  

To register for this workshop series, please visit My Learning Plan.

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What is the BTA?

The Southwest Beginning Teacher Assistance (BTA) Collaborative program is provided by the following southwest Missouri colleges to assist beginning Educators in fulfilling the DESE requirement to attend a BTA program:

  • Baptist Bible College
  • College of the Ozarks
  • Drury University
  • Evangel University
  • Missouri State University
  • Southwest Baptist University

The program provides access to ongoing professional development for educators within the first three years of their teaching careers.

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