Beginning Teacher Assistance

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New Special Education Teacher Academy:

This academy is designed to take new Special Education teachers through the entire special education process. In addition, this year long academy provides new teachers with a much needed venue for support, to ask their specific questions, and to find resources in the most challenging year of their career. The topics covered and added support is a valuable investment for your new special education teachers! 4-Day Academy $46.00.

                Day 1: August 28, 2014—Special Education Process

                Day 2: October 16, 2014—Quality Eligibility Determinations

                Day 3: February 25, 2015—Writing Standards Based IEPs

                Day 4: April 23, 2015—Universal Design for Learning for ALL Learners & Hot Topics

All sessions meet at 117 Park Central Square (Downtown), Room 112, Springfield.

You must register on My Learning Plan

Participants will earn full BTA credit (6 points). 

Developing Success for Youth Conference - Keynote Speaker Jay McTighe

Date:  November 11, 2014
Location:  Drury University - Lay Auditorium
Time:  Check-in and continental breakfast 7-8am
Event: 8am - 4pm
Lunch on your own 
Cost:  $75.00 for BTA Participants

Participants will earn full BTA credit (6 points). 

Jay will be presenting “Creating an Understanding-Based Curriculum for 21st Century Learning”. In this Institute, participants will apply the principles and practices of Understanding by Design andSchooling by Design for transforming standards and 21st century skills into a coherent curriculum that emphasizes understanding and long-term transfer. Participants will learn proven approaches for:

  • Creating a “blueprint” to guide a coherent and vertically aligned curriculum;
  • “Unpacking” standards to identify conceptually big ideas and transfer goals;
  • Generating essential questions that spiral across the grades;
  • Creating performance assessment tasks and companion rubrics that integrate 21st century skills with academic content;
  • Supporting the teaching and learning practices needed to develop understanding and transfer capacities; and
  • Utilizing web-based resources for “working smarter”

Registration:  To register, visit the DSY website and click the "registration" link

MSTA Beginning Teacher Assistance Program Sponsored by Drury University

Date:  March 6, 2015
Location:  Drury University - Lay Hall Auditorium
Time:  Check-In at 8:30am.  Workshop 9am - 3pm
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.

More events coming soon - keep checking back!


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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