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North State BTSA Induction Program

BTSA LogoA Collaborative Program: Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity County Offices of Education, Commission on Teacher Credentialing, California State Department of Education, California State University, Chico, Simpson University, Redding

What is BTSA Induction?

The Beginning Teacher Support & Assessment Induction Program (BTSA) is an exciting program of support and skill building designed to meet the credentialing needs of new teachers in the northeastern region of California and is the pathway from a Preliminary Teaching Credential to a Clear Teaching Credential. BTSA consists of:

  • A two-year program of professional education composed of individual support and formative assessment aligned with the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP) and the State-adopted academic content and performance standards for students.
  • Offering Professional Development Seminars designed to provide support for participating teachers' assessed needs, focusing on effective teaching strategies and teacher empowerment.
BTSA Team

BTSA Training Team

Back Row, left to right: Jill Lyford, Patti Carpenter, Rita Stanley, John Aviani, Colleen Burdett, Janet Barone, Merlina Phillips, Kathleen Haagenson, Kristine Hess, Tiffiny Langley

Front Row, left to right: Susan Seamans, Dave Allen, Cathy Szychulda, Lorna Manuel, Sally McGowan
 

BTSA Induction Services Include:

  • Seminars will be scheduled in or near the county of your workplace. This means that BTSA activities to support the participating teacher and the support provider will be offered much closer to your workplace.
  • Comprehensive feedback on your teaching: An improved, integrated support and assessment system that will provide a clear performance profile to participating teachers and will guide the learning and support the goals of participating teachers and support providers.

Who Should Participate?

Participating Teachers - All teachers in their first or second year of teaching and all out of state/country teachers obtaining their Clear Teaching Credential. What's in it for them?

  • A Support Provider and Professional Development Seminars designed to improve teaching performance
  • Release time to work with their support provider to observe, plan, reflect
  • Access to other professionals who are passionate about teaching
  • University credit, which can be applied to a graduate program of study at CSUC and/or can be used toward Professional Growth requirements
  • Credential Completion as required by SB2042

Participating teachers are required to attend Professional Development Seminars and to work closely with their support provider throughout the year.

Support Providers - Support Providers are successful, experienced teachers who want to support participating teachers working towards their Clear Credential, see themselves as learners, desire professional growth and can show support for their participation. Support Providers are the most important component of BTSA. Using the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP), support providers and participating teachers will develop a growth plan based on needs. Support providers facilitate experiences that demonstrate best professional practices, attitudes and beliefs. What's in it for them?

  • Seminars that will assist support providers in facilitating an integrated support and assessment process with participating teachers
  • Access to other professionals who are passionate about teaching
  • University credit from CSUC which may be used towards a Master's Degree
  • A $1600.00 stipend
  • A rewarding learning experience
  • Release time to work with participating teachers

Support Providers are required to participate in all seminars and actively support their participating teacher through an integrated support and assessment classroom based process. Depending upon the individual needs of the participating teacher, support providers will give attention to:

  • Orientation to new school, district, and profession
  • Specific ways to enrich professional knowledge
  • Formative and ongoing assessments of the participating teacher's strengths and weaknesses (Support Providers do not serve in the role of evaluator) to measure growth over time
  • Links between pre-service training and professional development programs

What are Professional Development Seminars?

Professional Development Seminars will be designed to meet the most pressing needs of the participating teacher, which emerge from the initial and ongoing assessments conducted by the participating teacher/support provider teams. Seminars are also designed to assist support providers in their role. Seminars focus on:

  • Engaging and supporting all students in learning
  • Creating and maintaining effective environments for student learning
  • Understanding and organizing subject matter for student learning
  • Planning instruction and designing learning experiences for all students
  • Assessing student learning
  • Developing as a professional educator

District and Site Support:

Districts and/or site administration must agree to:

  • Support the time necessary for participation by participating teachers and support providers
  • Attend Year One Seminar One
  • BTSA will reimburse districts for up to $100.00 a day for substitutes needed for participating teachers and support providers to attend BTSA events. Districts will cover additional substitute costs
  • Pay $1500 registration fee for each new teacher
  • Pay $3000 registration fee for each new teacher at a Private School
  • Communicate with hub coordinator and local policy council

Districts may choose to reimburse participants for travel.

Please click here to download our brochure and registration forms