Beginning Teachers Community

2024-25 Registration Opening Soon

⚙️ Highly Effective Teaching & Leading 🪑 Seated & 💻 Virtual 💲 Paid

This program is a mix of seated and virtual sessions, with some of the same sessions offered on multiple dates. It includes flexibility in sequence and choice of topics. Registration includes meals at seated sessions, materials, and a one year subscription to GOTeach, our quarterly newsletter for new teachers with tips and tools for classroom instructional strategies, and personal self-care for teachers.

  • Members: $150

  • Non-members: $200

  • The registration form includes the option to pay out of next school year's budget.

If Districts have a new hire after the program has started for the current school year, they can still register them to begin participating in the program at its current point. The teacher will then make-up the missed session(s) by participating in those the following school year. This wrap around option will allow them to be program completers and receive the official documents needed for their next steps in certification. Your district will receive confirmation upon completion.


The initial experiences of new teachers are critical to both them and their students. Teaching is complex and therefore, collaboration and support is key for teacher retention and success!


The focus of this BTAP program is to build the capacity of your beginning teachers through year-long professional learning and on-going support tailored to their needs. This program will focus on the key elements of DESE’s beginning teacher program (BTAP):

  • Building relationships and a positive classroom culture

  • Creating and managing a learning environment

  • Effective lesson planning and Tier 1 Instruction

  • Student engagement

Completion of this program meets Section 168-400, RSMo Supp.2015 and section 168.021.1 as a requirement of certification.


The overarching goals are to develop each new teacher’s ability to:

  • Have instructional knowledge and agility in regards to highly effective Tier 1 Instruction

  • Become a reflective practitioner with the ability to self-reflect and collaborate with colleagues

This program will also acknowledge the personal side of starting a teaching career with ideas to support new hires through all the many stages and phases of the first year.


Seated Sessions: 2 Required

Teachers are required to participate in 2 seated sessions, one session in August and one session in January. Based on feedback, the Spring seated sessions are offered on an attendance day as well as a non-attendance day to accommodate each district’s sub needs.

Fall Session 1

Establishing and Maintaining a Positive Classroom Environment & Kicking Off a Successful First Year

For this required session districts will select the date for their teachers when registering. It will be from 9-3 PM with lunch provided by Sandra Wimer from Renaissance.

  • Aug 8th at Lindenwood University, 1370 Primrose, Suite E, Springfield, MO

  • Aug 14th at Evangel University, 1111 N. Glenstone, Springfield MO

  • Aug 28th at Marshfield HS, 370 State Hwy DD, Marshfield, MO

This required session is waived for teachers who participate in the CHAMPS Summer 2023 session.

Winter Session 2

Effective Delivery of Instruction Which Positively Impacts Student Learning

For this required session participating teachers will select their date. It will be from 9-3 PM with lunch provided.

  • Jan 2nd at Republic Schools BOE Room, 636 N Main Street, Republic MO

  • Feb 21st at the Community Room in the Faught Administration Center at 301 S. Main St, Nixa MO


Virtual Sessions: Pick 3

Teachers are required to participate in 3 of the 5 virtual sessions listed below, but are invited to participate in all. Some virtual sessions will be offered both Fall and Spring and do not need to be taken in any particular order. Completion certificates will recognize which sessions the participant completed. All sessions will take place 4-5:30 PM.

Choice 1

The First Hour of the First Day

  • August 15th

Choice 2

Plan & Prepare for Effective Learning

  • September 12th

Choice 3

Purposeful & Professional Communication

  • October 10th or February 6th

Choice 4

Supporting Students with Behavioral Needs

  • November 14th or January 23rd

Choice 5

Spring Time Collaboration with Elementary & Secondary Breakouts

  • March 5th



At the end of the school year there will be a celebration with awarding of certificates or Letters of Completion. The date and time of this celebration will be determined by each participating district.


Dr. Debbie Yonke

Dr. Debbie Yonke
Director of Professional Learning

Dr. Debbie Yonke retired as the Director of Professional Learning and Instructional Support at Republic Schools. During her 30 year career in public education, she has served as a classroom teacher, instructional specialist, and curriculum director. Her professional goal is to empower and support educators so that they might equip their students for a successful future. She has been blessed to serve alongside many other amazing educators in the Republic, Willard and Springfield districts and collaborate with leaders and teachers throughout Missouri. She also has had the opportunity to collaborate with educators throughout the nation as a Cooperative Learning Trainer and also partner with non-profit organizations to train teachers in both Cambodia and Ethiopia. In her free time, Dr. Yonke enjoys spending time with her husband, Steve who is a retired educator, their 3 daughters and grandchildren.

Resources used in the Design of this Program

  • "The New Art & Science of Teaching" by Robert J. Marzano

  • "The Beginning Teacher’s Field Guide" by Tina H. Boogren

  • "The First Years Matter: Becoming an Effective Teacher" by Carol Pelletier Radford

  • Expert voices from the field

GOLearn Professional Learning Framework

GOLearn PL Framework

Our GOLearn PL Framework provides an overview of the learning experiences we offer. This systems approach supports continuous improvement and allows members to identify the offerings that meet their needs, providing a personalized experience. It includes three strands: Systems Thinking, Safe and Collaborative Culture, and Highly Effective Teaching and Leading.

We use the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning when designing our experiences to ensure that we provide professional learning that leads to high-quality leading, teaching, and learning for students and educators.

Review our GOLearn Framework to identify sessions that meet your needs, see what sessions are currently open for registration on our PL Events webpage, and access the content in our on-demand catalog to start learning now.

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