Beginning Teacher Assistance

"I Can Do It" Classroom Management Program

All teachers with a Missouri Initial Professional Certificate (IPC) must participate in a beginning teacher assistance program (BTAP) before upgrading their certificate. “I Can Do It” is designed for teachers in their first two years and any teacher who wants to improve their classroom management skills. Teachers with several years of experience also find these sessions helpful. Missouri NEA partners with Maryville University to offer a meaningful program that meets the beginning teacher assistance program certification requirement.

Contact MNEA Teaching & Learning at (573) 644-9623 or email Laurie Bernskoetter at laurie.bernskoetter@mnea.org for more information.

“I Can Do It” is highly interactive and requires registrants to complete each component of the On-Your-Own tasks AND either the 1-day in-person or 4-day virtual series. Advance registration is required.

Presenter: Kathy Steinhoff, NBCT, winner of the 2011 NEA Award for Teaching Excellence

Topics covered: Classroom management, professional communication, certification requirements, professional responsibilities, student engagement and relationships, motivation, creating acceptance, polishing your techniques, classroom environment, professional growth plans, and challenging behaviors.  

Participant Comments

  • "I learned so many new ideas from everyone in each group. Nice to know we have a support system helping us succeed."
  • "Good stuff. Good discussions with other teachers. Nice to be able to collaborate with other peers in different settings."
  • "I enjoyed breaking out into smaller groups to share ideas with others." 
  • "I thought the workshop was very helpful. I plan on using many of the strategies I learned in my class immediately." 
  • "I liked hearing everyone else's ideas, especially because I hadn't thought of some of those things."

2022 Program Information

To receive the Beginning Teacher Assistance Program certificate, you must:

  1. Complete all four ON-YOUR-OWN TASKS & TRAININGS listed below.
    AND
  2. Participate in one of the following training programs.
  • The IN-PERSON PROGRAM is a full 7-hour day with lunch provided. 
    OR 
  • The VIRTUAL PROGRAM consists of four 2-hour live interactive sessions. You must attend all four (4) live, interactive sessions in the virtual series. THESE SESSIONS ARE NOT RECORDED. You will be provided with Zoom links to access the highly interactive virtual sessions, and you must log in at the scheduled dates and times to complete the course.

1) Complete On-Your-Own Tasks & Training

In order to receive the beginning teacher assistance program certificate, both in-person and virtual participants must complete the following tasks in any order.

  1. Join the online NEA edCommunities group "Classroom Management NEA-TQ"
    You can begin participating in the online discussion RIGHT NOW. There is no need to wait until the month of the training session you enrolled in. Create a free account at www.myNEA360.org. Then, search for the group named "Classroom Management" and click "Join." Ask a question or comment on a post.
     
  2. Rights and responsibilities of certificated educators
    Watch Recording 
     
  3. How to make that difficult parent phone call
    Watch Recording 
     
  4. Independent online content and self-assessment 
    Details will be provided during virtual and in-person sessions. Topics covered include:

  • Certification requirements.
  • Mandatory reporting and legal rights and responsibilities.
  • Clear learning goals and objectives.
  • Self-assessment on one of the following teaching standards: 5.1, 5.2., or 5.3.

2) Register for Training Series

In-Person 

Tues., Aug. 9, 2022
North St. Francois County
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

1-Day Session

Registration Deadline: Aug. 3
Limit: 35 registrants

MNEA members: $50
Non-members: $85
Lunch provided. 

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Virtual

November 2022
4 Monday Evenings
6:30-8:30 p.m.

You must attend all four Zoom interactive trainingsNov. 7, 14, 21, and 28.

Registration Deadline: Oct. 30
Limit: 35 registrants

MNEA members: $35
Non-members: $70

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Virtual 

February 2023
4 Thursday Evenings 
6:30-8:30 p.m.

You must attend all four Zoom interactive trainingsFeb. 2, 9, 16, and 23

Registration Deadline: Jan. 25
Limit: 35 registrants

MNEA members: $35
Non-members: $70

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Register early. 

Sessions are limited to 35 participants and may close early if the session is full.

Fees can be paid by credit card at the time of registration or by school district purchase order. All fees are non-refundable.