PAR & BTSA Program

Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) and Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA)

Santa Barbara County BTSA Program

California Beginning Support and Assessment (BTSA) Program

The purpose of the Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Program is to provide quality support and assistance to new and veteran teachers. The program ensures the best apprentice teachers earn tenure in the district and that veteran teachers receive assistance as needed. The outcome is superior instruction for students in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District.

The PAR Joint Committee consists of seven members; four members of the committee are certificated classroom teachers appointed by SMEEA. The other three members are Administrators chosen by the District’s Cabinet. A chairperson is assigned by the committee; this position rotates between Association and District.

The PAR Joint Committee selects Consulting Teachers for the Peer Assistance and Review Program. Consulting Teachers are selected to guide participating teachers by using a variety of avenues including demonstrating, observing, coaching and conferencing.

Referred teachers, as well as teachers that volunteer, are provided assistance by a Consulting Teacher.

In addition, as part of the District’s PAR Program, all 1st and 2nd Year Teachers are required to participate in the Beginning Teachers Support and Assessment (BTSA) Program. Third year teachers who have completed only one year of BTSA may voluntarily participate in the BTSA program.

The Santa Maria-Bonita School District participates in the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program (BTSA) through Santa Barbara County Office of Education.

Through the BTSA Program, all Beginning Teachers are assigned a Support Provider. The Support Providers meet with Beginning Teachers on a regular basis to develop induction plans and to provide individualized support.

Support Providers attend a set of training sessions and monthly seminars with their assigned Beginning Teachers.

Beginning Teachers attend the New Teacher/BTSA Orientation inservice as well as monthly seminars with their Support Provider to encourage and support their professional growth.

For additional information regarding this program, please contact Patty Grady, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, at (805) 928-1783, Ext. 8120