Emerging Level I: Beginning Teacher Assistance Program (BTAP)

Beginning teachers are one of our greatest assets. Yet, 17% of teachers leave the career within the first five years (Gray et al.,2015). Effective professional development is a key factor of teacher retention (Podolsky et al.,2018). This program is part of the Missouri Teacher Development System (MTDS).

South Central RPDC offers Emerging Level I: BTAP in three regional locations: Rolla, Washington, and West Plains. Each cohort will meet four times throughout the year.

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
  • On-demand learning, including videos by Mike Rutherford
  • Copy of Mike Rutherford's, "The Artisan Teacher"

Rolla Dates

Location: Rolla TBA

September 22, 2021
November 17, 2021
February 16, 2022
April 20, 2022

Washington Dates

Location: Washington School District Technology and Learning Center

September 21, 2021
November 16, 2021
February 15, 2022
April 26, 2022

West Plains Dates

Location: Missouri State University

September 23, 2021
November 18, 2021
February 17, 2022
April 21, 2022