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.  

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.  

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BTAP Cohort 1 Registration

Cohort 1 Meeting Dates

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

BTAP 2 Registration

Cohort 2 Meeting Dates

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday December 11, 2017

Monday, April 16, 2018

BTAP Cohort 3 Registration

Cohort 3 Meeting Dates

Monday, September 18, 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Register for the Paired Learning Experience for Full New Teacher Supports!

    Paired Learning Cohort 1     Paired Learning Cohort 2 Registration     Paired Learning Cohort 3 Registration   

  Cohort 1 Meeting Dates                    Cohort 2 Meeting Dates                 Cohort 3 Meeting Dates

   October 10, 2017                                     October 9, 2017                                  October 11, 2017

February 27, 2018                                  February 26, 2018                                  March 2, 2018

The Paired Learning Experience is part of the Regional Teacher Development System and is designed to enrich the Statewide Beginning Teacher's Assistance Program.  

Regional Teacher Development System


Other Area Beginning Teacher Assistance Programs

Developing Succesful Youth Conference - Drury University - November 3, 2017

The Developing Successful Youth Conference is a joint partnership between Drury University and the Yale Child Study Center School Development Program. Each year, the Developing Successful Youth Conference focuses on a particular theme for presentation. The School of Education & Child Development collaborates with Springfield Public Schools in preparation for the conference.

Note:  This event provides partial BTAP certificate credit under the new BTAP guidelines.  It is aligned with BTAP section:  (B) Student Engagement and Motivation – 1. Effective instruction; 2. Clear learning goals and/or objectives; 3. Student voice and choice; and 4. Teaching and learning activities with high student engagement

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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 - West Plains

March 2, 2018 - Evangel University

Register for MSTA BTAP