Beginning teacher support and retention

The purpose of this study was to assess the components of the BTSA program and see how they affect the retention of new teachers. The BTSA program is made up of three basic components: mentoring, workshops, and written portfolio. I hypothesized that the mentoring component would be the key element which teachers would find most helpful in their early years of teaching. Among the other two elements, workshops and portfolio assessment, I hypothesized that teachers would agree these were not as helpful as the mentoring component. Surveys went out to the BTSA graduates of 2001 and 2002 within the Carlsbad Unified School District, onehundred forty seven total. The survey results of the graduates of 2001 were compared to the results of the graduates of 2002. The findings suggest that the mentoring component of the BTSA program had the most positive impact with both sets of BTSA graduates. The data also revealed the written component was least liked by the both graduates. Workshops fell midway with some teachers agreeing it was useful and others not. The majority of teachers in both groups reported they would continue to teach until they retire.