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May 27, 2010 Change is in the Air! By Eric Antuna

    There's been a lot of change this year, and what a year it has been! I was involved with several different types of programs at my school, including the School Site Council, the Student Success Teams, the Technology Liaison for the district, our After School Safety and Enrichment Program, and many other things! I have grown as a teacher and have learned so much from my role here as the 1st and 2nd grade Teacher Advisor for But things are a changing!

    I recently learned that I was offered a position to become a PAR/BTSA mentor teacher for our district. The California Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Program offers struggling teachers the opportunity to receive mentoring support, teaching strategies and subject matter training by qualified, consulting teachers. This means that I will be transitioning from the classroom to serving as a consulting mentor teacher in my district. While its hard to say goodbye to my school and colleagues of the past four years, I am very excited with the new learning and challenges this new position will bring.

    If you are not familiar with PAR or BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment) programs, you can find some great information on the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the California Department of Education sites.

    Keep checking back – I still have a couple more posts up my sleeve!  Thanks for reading!



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