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
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
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
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
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the six CSTP standards. The levels do not represent a chronological sequence in a
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
instructional modifications as needed to meet the academic needs of their students.
Tip for Daily
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).
Year 2 PTs: Complete the Context for Teaching (Green Folder) and Learning. In
October start the Inquiry into Teaching and Learning (Blue Folder).
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
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
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,
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
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!
FAX Number: Reminders:
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org Use the resource What a CSTP Classroom Looks Like as you work on lesson
Satinder Bishop planning and prepare for observations.
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