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.
Three Cohorts Offered to Alleviate Substitute Demands
Finding enough substitute teachers to send a lot of teachers out of the building for training at the same time can be difficult! To help with this, three cohorts are being offered. Districts are encouraged to split their new teachers/mentors over the three cohorts so they can all benefit from the regional networking, guest expert speakers, and powerful learning and support this program provides.
Each cohort has its own Paired Learning Experience as well, so all teachers have the opportunity to expand their learning into application as they team with their cohort mentors for reflective planning, coaching, and feedback.