Support Providers are paired with Participating Teachers in Small Learning Community cohorts. The groups typically work together for the entire two-year program. However, groups are sometimes reassigned in year 2 based on PT numbers and needs. Support Providers are “Teachers on Special Assignment” with extensive expertise in their content area, California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP), and the various Induction Standards. Support Providers visit Participating Teachers in the classroom both formally and informally for conferencing and classroom observations. They take on the responsibility for helping the participant to complete the Induction requirements through a professional portfolio. Support Providers facilitate monthly support seminars and twice monthly online discussion threads and meet individually with participants throughout the Induction process. They provide professional development through these venues in content areas such as classroom management, lesson design, active participation, assessment, equity, English Learners, and instructional strategies for students with disabilities and advanced learners.
Site administrators play an important role for all participating teachers in the Induction Program. Both traditional BTSA participants and those in the AIP program need the support of the site administration team to make their beginning teacher experience a success. We encourage the site administrator to provide the beginning teacher with an orientation to the school site and to provide ongoing site support. The BTSA Office keeps site administrators informed of current program components and events in order for reflective conversations to be focused on the beginning teacher’s professional growth as it relates to the Induction process.
BTSA Program Staff are available to all participants for their every day needs as it relates to the Induction Program requirements or district inquiries. Staff members help participants to find the answers they need about district curriculum, site and district resources, and fulfill state requirements in earning a California Clear Credential.