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					Volume 12 Issue 1

   October 2010                      BTSA BEAT
                                      BTSA Introduces New Continuum of Teaching Practice
                            The 2010 Continuum of Teaching Practice is aligned with the current version of the CSTP
                            (2009) and has been developed as a tool for self-reflection, goal setting, and inquiry
                            into practice. It provides common language about teaching and learning and will be
                            used to promote professional growth within the conversations that occur between
                            Support Providers and Participating Teachers. The Continuum of Teaching Practice
   Consortium               was developed to:
 Clay Kerman Kingsburg                Delineate the diversity of knowledge and skills needed to meet the varied
     Riverdale Selma                   and evolving needs of students
                                      Support the reflective practice and ongoing learning of teachers
Inside
                                      Support an ongoing process of formative assessment of a teacher’s practice
     this Issue . . .
                                       based on standards, criteria and evidence
     BTSA Introduces                  Set short or long-term goals for professional development over time
New Continuum of Teaching             Describe teaching practice and development throughout a teacher’s
        Practice
                                        career
                                      Support a vision of ongoing learning and teacher development
    New PTs & SPs                     Encourage collaboration between classroom teachers, resource personnel
                                       and families, to ensure that all students are successful
    FACT Timeline
                            Furthermore, the Continuum of Teaching Practice is organized to describe five levels of
                            development. Each level addresses what a teacher should know and be able to do in
   Money for New
                            the six CSTP standards. The levels do not represent a chronological sequence in a
     Teachers
                            teacher’s growth, but each row describes developmental levels of a teacher’s
                            performance. Teachers will use the tool to self-assess their practice and make
 Effective Teaching
                            instructional modifications as needed to meet the academic needs of their students.
     Tip for Daily
   Classroom Use

  Upcoming Events

      Reminders

 BTSA Office Information



                                   Year 1 PT’s attend COMP Training         SP’s and PT’s Attend Action Research Collaboration Meetings


                                                             New Participating Teacher’s
                               Kerman: Gregg Deslauriers, Donna Maldonado, George Moreno, Kelly Haupt,
                                            Ashley Samarin, Megan Garcia, Michelle Moore
 Quotable Quote:                                          Kingsburg: Adam Pietz & Amy Sutton
                                               Riverdale: Loretta Anders, Kristen Pallas, Jessica Pena
“The achievements             Selma: Breshelle Berndt, Shane Gillen, Katie Hardy, Nicole Guzman, Jody Davis,
 of an organization         Victor Espinosa, Tahner Filkins, Christopher Fredericks, Amy Read, Jalisca Thomason,
  are the results of                      Katharina Wall, Erica Avila, Lacy Barlett, Yazmin Pineda
the combined effort                                              New Support Provider’s
of each individual.”
                                                      Kerman: Michele Carvalho & Barbara Juarez
 --Vince Lomdardi                                               Kingsburg: Kimbi Sigle
                                                                 Selma: Jill Clausen                                             Page 1
Upcoming                                                                                 BTSA BEAT
Events. . .                                                      FACT Timeline:
                                Year 1 PTs: Work on completing the Context for Teaching and Learning (Green
SP and PT Meetings              Folder) and start on Assessment of Teaching and Learning (Yellow Folder).
    Action Research
Collaboration Meetings:
                                Year 2 PTs: Complete the Context for Teaching (Green Folder) and Learning. In
                                October start the Inquiry into Teaching and Learning (Blue Folder).
     Session 1:
  October 25, 2010
      4:15 – 7:45 p.m.          ECO PTs: Complete the Context for Teaching and Learning (Green Folder) and
   (Kerman, Kingsburg, Selma)   start working on the Initial Assessment of Teaching and Learning (Yellow Folder).
     Session 2:                 In mid October start the Inquiry Into Teaching and Learning (Blue Folder).
  October 27, 2010
      4:15 – 7:45 p.m.
   (Kerman, Kingsburg, Selma)                            Money for New Teachers
  November 4, 2010              The Fresno County Retired Teachers Educational Foundation offers grants to new
        3:30 – 6 p.m.           teachers worth up to $250 to purchase classroom materials. Applications can be
           (Riverdale)
                                accessed at: http://www.crtafresno.com/. Click on Douglas Peterson Memorial
Special Assistance              Grant at the top of the page. Applications are due electronically to the Retired
    Sessions:                   Teachers Foundation by November 1.
  October 18, 2010
         (4-6 p.m.)
       &
 November 15, 2010
                                         101 “Answers” for New Teachers and Their Mentors
         (4-6 p.m.)                              (Effective Teaching Tips for Daily Classroom Use)

  Administrators:               Tip 31: Observe Other Teachers
  Site Administrators                  Teaching continues to be a very “isolated” profession. We spend the
     BTSA Training              majority of our time in our own classrooms and rarely see beyond our four walls!
   October 20, 2010             Yet collaboration has proven time and again to be very beneficial, rejuvenating,
         (5-6 p.m.)
                                and enlightening for teachers. So why don’t we do more of it? Some of our best
  BAC Members:                  ideas are “stolen” from other teachers. And the good news is that teachers are a
    BTSA Advisory               very generous group of people, always happy to share their successes with
 Committee Meeting              others. Ask teachers how many opportunities they have had to observe other
  December 7, 2010              teachers teaching and they will tell you that these opportunities have been either
         (4-5 p.m.)
                                rare or nonexistent. If you are a mentor, don’t just observe the teacher you are
                                mentoring. Allow that teacher to learn from observing you and others. Just as it’s
                                crucial that as teachers we model the skills we teach our students, so must
                                mentors model good teaching for the teachers they’re mentoring. If you are a
                                new teacher, ask your administrator to schedule some time for you to observe
                                your mentor and others. You’ll be amazed at how much you will learn from
BTSA Office Information:        watching others. Oh, and don’t sell yourself shot. Your mentor will also be
   Phone Number:                amazed at how much there is to learn from watching you!
    (559) 898-6686
     FAX Number:                                                  Reminders:
    (559) 891-0292
                                  Support Providers please submit SP/PT Contact Logs to the BTSA Office by the
     Office Hours:                10th of the month. Send an electronic copy to both the PT and Site
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
                                  Administrator.
  Mailing Address:                FACT documents are available on the Selma Unified website. Click on the
3036 Thompson Ave.,                BTSA link on the left side of the page to access the site.
  Selma, CA 93662
                                  Use the CSTP cards to determine CSTP area(s) of focus at your weekly SP/PT
  Stella Padron-Duarte
    BTSA Coordinator
                                   meetings.
spadron@selma.k12.ca.us           Use the resource What a CSTP Classroom Looks Like as you work on lesson
      Satinder Bishop              planning and prepare for observations.
    Program Secretary
sbishop@selma.k12.ca.us                                                                                      Page 2

				
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