Beginning Teacher Assistance Program A
Beginning teachers are one of our greatest assets. Yet, 17% of teachers leave the career within the first five years (Gray et al., 2015). Research shows effective professional development is a key factor of teacher retention (Podolsky et al., 2018; Garcia & Weiss, 2019e), and as teachers enter the career, a collaborative community of learners can help teachers transition from their role as a student to that of teacher (Garcia & Weiss, 2019e). This program is part of the Missouri Teacher Development System (mo-mtds.net), which is an on-going system of learning for Missouri teachers.
This opportunity provides:
- networking with other new teachers and educational consultants
- just-in-time learning (critical firsts)
- awareness of the phases of a new teacher
- relationship-building skills
- awareness of legal rights and responsibilities for educators
- competency-based programming
Beginning Teacher Assistance Program A meets Missouri's BTAP certification requirements and emphasizes the following MTDS Competencies:
Creating *culturally responsive relationships built on trust and mutual *respect for all
Implementing classroom layouts and organizational strategies to: (a) promote student interaction; (b) meet student needs and well-being; (c) minimize disruption; (d) allow teacher movement for monitoring student progress; (e) increase & manage student productivity; and (f) encourage self-directed student learning
Using *research-based *lesson planning models/practices to plan lessons that include: (a) lesson targets; (b) *activities, tasks, and/or experiences; (c) *research-based and/or *evidence-based strategies; and (d) methods for monitoring/communicating student progress towards meeting lesson target
Evaluating lessons to identify engaging qualities of work, higher level thinking, and high-yield instructional strategies.