Teacher Programs

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There are a number of programs for teachers in the Chula Vista Elementary School District. Among these are:

  • Peer Assistance and Review (PAR)
  • Beginning Teachers Support and Assessment (BTSA)

Peer Assistance and Review (PAR)

In early 1999, Assembly Bill IX called for statewide implementation of Peer Assistance and Review (PAR). The purpose of this legislation is to improve the education of students by enhancing the classroom performance of teachers through ongoing professional growth.

PAR utilizes California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP):

  • Engaging and supporting all students
  • Creating and maintaining effective environments for student learning
  • Understanding and organizing subject matter for student learning
  • Planning instruction and designing learning experiences for all students
  • Assessing student learning
  • Developing as a professional educator

Who may participate?

  • Voluntary permanent teachers who request assistance
  • Permanent teachers who are referred due to an unsatisfactory evaluation
  • Teachers interested in applying for National Board Certification

PAR Goals:

  • To improve teaching performance
  • To provide access to confidential, individualized support from a peer
  • To increase student achievement
  • To provide opportunities for professional development
  • To offer collegial, collaborative support based on best practices
  • To share the expertise of consulting teachers and curriculum specialists with teachers desiring assistance
  • To provide voluntary inservice for all permanent teachers
  • PAR Benefits
    • Ongoing personalized assistance and peer coaching from a trained consulting teacher
    • Modeled lessons by the consulting teacher
    • Assistance with classroom management and instructional strategies
    • Opportunities for classroom visitations and other professional development activities
    • Assistance with designing a standards-based program
    • Assistance for permanent teachers of combination classes
    • Assistance for teachers new to Special Education
    • Professional development for permanent teachers
    • PAR is entirely funded through State categorical monies with no impact on the District's General Fund.
    • To request support or for more information, call the PAR office at 619-425-9600, extension 1503 or via e-mail to Kimberly Valdivia at Kimberly.Valdivia@cvesd.org

Beginning Teachers Support and Assessment (BTSA)

The Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) Program is an initiative to provide formative assessment and individualized support based on assessment information for beginning teachers. It is a District Induction Program co-administered by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

The purposes of BTSA are to:

  • Provide an effective transition into the teaching career for first- and second-year teachers in California
  • Improve the educational performance of students through improved training, information, and assistance for new teachers
  • Enable beginning teachers to be effective in teaching students who are culturally, linguistically, and academically diverse
  • Ensure the professional success and retention of new teachers
  • Ensure that a support provider provides intensive individualized support and assistance to each participating beginning teacher
  • Improve the rigor and consistency of individual teacher performance assessments and the usefulness of assessment results to teachers and decision makers
  • Establish an effective, coherent system of performance assessments that are based on the California Standards for the Teaching Profession
  • Examine alternative ways in which the general public and the education profession may be assured that new teachers who remain in teaching have attained acceptable levels of professional competence
  • Ensure that an individual induction plan is in place for each participating beginning teacher and is based on an ongoing assessment of the development of the beginning teacher
  • Ensure continuous program improvement through ongoing research, development, and evaluation For additional information, please call x1503 or e-mail Kimberly Valdivia atKimberly.Valdivia@cvesd.org
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