I Can Do It - Beginning Teacher Assistance

Beginning Teacher Assistance Program

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Participant Comments:

"I came with reticence toward giving away my Saturday, but I'm leaving extremely happy that I came. Fantastic ideas, enthusiastic teaching. Bravo."

"Good stuff. Good discussions with other teachers. Nice to be able to collaborate with other peers in different settings."

"I thought the workshop was very helpful. I plan on using many of the strategies I learned in my class immediately."

All teachers with a Missouri Initial Professional Certificate (IPC) must participate in a beginning teacher assistance program before upgrading their certificate. “I Can Do It” is designed for teachers in their first two years and any teacher who wants to improve their classroom management skills. Missouri NEA partners with Maryville University to offer a meaningful program that meets the beginning teacher assistance program certification requirement. Session is 6.5 hours long and includes lunch.

Activities address how to:

  • Have a smoothly flowing classroom
  • Use effective rules/routines/reinforcements
  • Deal with transition challenges
  • Use teaching standards to improve instructional practice
  • Build positive relationships
  • Deal with difficult behavior
  • Improve home and school communication
  • Renew your certification
  • Get information on reducing student loan debt       
  • Know professional rights and responsibilities

Participants experience strategies and benefit from interacting with other teachers, receive their certificate of completion that day, and become a part of the Missouri NEA Beginning Teacher Network.

There is a non-refundable registration fee of $45 (MNEA members) or $70 (non-members). Space is limited to 50 participants per session.

Contact MNEA Teaching & Learning at (573) 644-9623 or email Laurie Bernskoetter at
laurie.bernskoetter@mnea.org for more information.  

2019-2020 Workshop Dates 

Date & Time


Registration Deadline

Fri., Nov. 22, 2019 St. Louis 
Check-in: 8 a.m.      
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: St. Louis Hilton Frontenac
1335 South Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131

Nov. 17 Registration Closed
Sat., Nov. 23, 2019 St. Louis
Check-in: 8:30 a.m.
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: St. Louis Hilton Frontenac
1335 South Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131
Nov. 17  Registration Closed
Thurs., Dec. 5, 2019 Kansas City
Check-in: 8:00 a.m.      
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: MNEA Kansas City Regional Office
4224 South Hocker Dr., Suite 200, (Building #11), Independence, MO 64055
Dec. 1 Registration Closed
Mon., Feb. 24, 2020 St. Charles County
Check-in: 8:00 a.m.      
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: All Occasions Banquet Center
111 Compass Point Dr., St Charles, MO 63301

Feb.16 Registration Closed
Sat., April 25, 2020
Osage Beach
Check-in: 9:30 a.m.      
Time: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Margaritaville Resort (formerly Tan-Tar-A)
494 Tan Tar A Dr., Osage Beach, MO 65065

April 19 Canceled
due to COVID-19 safety concerns and restrictions.

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