As the harrowing economic turmoil in California continues to take its toll on schools, younger educators find some relief in the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) induction program.
BTSA, first formed in 1997 by former California Assemblywoman Kerry Mazzoni, is designed to aid newly-credentialed teachers by pairing them with more experienced teachers. The support providers serve as advisors to inexperienced teachers.
Ever since the Temple City Unified School District (TCUSD) became involved in BTSA, schools have retained an impressive 96% of participating teachers. The immediately evident results have received praise from city officials.
“I can’t think of anything more powerful when you’re new to a job,” says Temple City School Board President, Bob Ridley, “than to have a mentor.”
Tina Cunningham, the coordinator of the Duarte/Temple City BTSA Consortium and a teacher at Emperor Elementary School, has been working to with both the Duarte and Temple City school districts in order to optimize the benefits of the program.
Nonetheless, she believes that the commendations should be given to the educators who are willing to devote their time to teaching teachers.
“Support providers have decided to build bridges, make connections, impact beginning teachers, and help students succeed,” Cunningham praises.
Uncertainty has run rampant, as the school board will be forced to dig into the district’s reserve funds in future years in order to maintain a high standard of education for students. Fortunately, BTSA has provided some much-needed stability for younger teachers.
This article was written by Jason Wu. It is being published today in the Temple City Voice.