The Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Grant Program (BTSA) was created by the California State Legislature in recognition of that new teachers need support, guidance, and assessments to help them develop the skills critical to teaching success. The purpose of BTSA as set forth in the California Education Code, Section 44279.2(b) is to: “Improve student educational performance through improved training, support, information and assistance for new teachers.”
The California BTSA Program is research based and designed especially for newly credentialed teachers. It has become an important component of California’s professional development continuum for teachers. The SWSD works in collaboration with the Walnut School District BTSA Cohort to provide these services.
Experienced teachers known as support providers pair up with beginning teachers to serve as supportive colleagues, mentors, advocates, and fellow learners. Since support provider are not evaluators, they give beginning teachers a sense of trust to ask questions, plan lesson, etc. as they are nurtured to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the field.
Principals provide administrative support enabling beginning teachers to benefit from the various BTSA activities. The district lead support providers coordinate networking and training for both beginning teachers and support providers.