BTSA: The Bane of a Beginning Teacher

After discussing BTSA with a fellow, 2nd career, new teacher at a recent swim meet, I decided to reblog this post from two years ago…

Reflections of a Second-career Math Teacher

With the end of the school year approaching, my first year of BTSA, otherwise known as the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment induction program is officially over.  As noted on the BTSA website, “… ‘Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment’, is a state-funded induction program, co-sponsored by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) designed to support the professional development of newly credentialed, beginning teachers and fulfill the requirements for the California Clear Multiple and Single Subjects Credentials.”

Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA)

BTSA, as with most public school programs, sprang from well-meaning intentions as detailed in Success for Beginning Teachers: The California New Teacher Project, 1988-1992 (Pearson, Honig 1992) and Shaping Teacher Induction Policy in California (Bartell, 1995).  The following two paragraphs, taken from the latter article, underscore the challenge faced by teachers, increasingly so today with the requirements of No Child…

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About Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher

Secondary math teacher teaching math intervention, algebra 1, honors precalculus, and AP Calculus AB. I spent 25 years in high tech in engineering, marketing, sales and business development roles in the satellite communications, GPS, semiconductor, and wireless industries. I am awed by the potential in our nation's youth and I hope to instill in them the passion to improve our world at local, state, national, and global levels.
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