Beginning Teacher Assistance Program

New Statewide Beginning Teacher Assistance Program (BTAP) - Must Attend All 3 Days for Certificate

"No matter the quality of their preparation, new teachers encounter many distinct challenges as they navigate their first months and years in the classroom. Their job is too important in children’s lives and futures to let them to simply “sink-or-swim” without continued guidance and support." (New Teacher Center, 2016)

The Statewide BTAP model provides ongoing support for new teachers throughout the first year within a regional cohort.   New teachers must attend all three days to receive their BTAP certificate.  New teachers are introduced to the SW Regional Teacher Development System, which offers supports for the entire teaching career through the Agency for Teaching, Leading, and Learning

This is a high-quality support for new teachers that is research based.  It meets new professional development guidelines for high-quality, job-embedded professional development, and is aligned to the Missouri Teacher Standards.  The program intentionally aligns to and builds on the knowledge and skills developed during educator preparation.  

Other Area Beginning Teacher Assistance Programs

New Special Education Teacher Academy 2017-18

This four day academy is designed to take new Special Education Teachers through the entire special education process including quality eligibility determinations, writing quality and 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. Technical assistance will also be provided. Hot topics will be discussed throughout the academy.

Please note: This training is for first year special education teachers ONLY. The topics covered and added support is a valuable investment for your new special education teachers!

Day 1-August 23, 2017: Special Education Process

Day 2-November 1, 2017: Writing Quality IEPs

Day 3-February 15, 2018: Evaluation Process and Technical Assistance

Day 4-April 25, 2018: Creating Standards Based IEPs 

Register for the Special Education Teacher Academy

MSTA Beginning Teacher Assistance Programs (BTAP) 

September 4, 2017 - Southwest Baptist University

September 15, 2017 - Missouri State University

September 18, 2017 - Missouri State University

September 18, 2017 - West Plains

March 2, 2018 - Evangel University

Register for MSTA BTAP