This page provides an overview of the program and results. It contains information created for the Start UP! application for SFU's Cmolik Prize for the Enhancement of Education in BC in 2015, with some updates to 2016.

Start UP! Board members: I've created this MS Word version of our Comlik Application that is easier to read.

Update:March 2016.

We are updating our strategy. We are working to create online video versions of our workshops to enable new elementary teachers in BC to get practical support anywhere, anytime.

Here's a preview sample of the first video of Ray Myrtle's workshop. The full workshop is 99 minutes in 6 parts, supported by the 33pg. First Week of School booklet and downloadable blackline master here on this website (see Start UP! Units)
To access the full video - contact Ray through our website or directly at ray(dot) myrtle (at)

The Cmolik Prize & new technology will enable us to produce a set of video recordings of workshops and distribute them online by September so every new BC K-7 classroom teacher has help.

A second video with Elaine Jaltema: Start UP! Reading: Literature Circles and Building a Caring Community is being edited: March 2017.

Section 3: This section describes the origins and structure of the Start UP!

To watch the videos, you will be asked for a password, it is cmolik

Introduction: 1000 new teachers/yr enter teaching with enthusiasm and ideas each year, but lack specific knowledge of what to do.

Glenn Young is the PE Consultant for the Surrey school district, and a PE workshop leader for Start UP!
More videos on the need for specific preparation are in Section 4.b.

Start UP! Workshops Sample Flyers with illustrations of the 3 kinds of workshops.

A Start UP! Your Class workshop- (this workshop is the introduction and is often during the year).

B Start UP! Series workshop descriptions:
What does a Start UP! workshop look like? Watch 2 short segments from two workshops:
Elaine Jaltema explains some opening activities she uses to help students work as an effective group, and share pair to learn; and Jennifer King and Fiona Morrison demonstrate the teaching of reading strategies:

Here are some sample flyers.

Metro Start UP! Series Flyer:

C Start UP! Workshops 'during the year' (see Extreme Writing) & Simple Machines, we try to encourage TTOCs to attend as much as possible so we label workshops appropriate for them as TTOC Toolkit workshops

Other ways to share:
2. . You can explore our wiki-library here (you are in it!) or see the Start UP! Website at:

Rehearsal Strategy: The next step in your career for TTOCs:

Start UP! Has been implemented by is not yet widely used.

Request 15-16 request to myPITA and report of 2015 (shows workshop events & numbers):


Section 4.a Start UP! Results

It is very difficult to prove cause and effect in education. But for a decade everyone involved has agreed, this program is needed:

i. Workshop leaders:

Bill Morphett does Start UP! workshops in intermediate science.

Tamara Sengotta is an SFU school assoc and mentor in SD43 and led our K-3 Start UP! Series in Surrey:

ii. New teachers and more experienced teachers with a new assignment who participated in Start UP! agreed:

Complete testimonials from:
Jaime Acker SD41 re: Start UP! helped me survive the first year
& Heidi Ravenel SD39 re: mix of assignments & value of Start UP! (referred to as PITA workshops)

Elisabeth Macmillan SD44 attended both primary and intermediate series:

See also support in the next section

iii. An external evaluation found Start UP! was "filling a gap in the specific elements of teaching"

"These results suggest the ... program is filling a gap in the specific elements of teaching. Overall beginning teachers may feel prepared and confident, but at the level of teaching a subject/topic or setting up their classroom they are much less so."

The Start UP! improved teachers' confidence about their preparation for a specific subject/topic, see p.15

The Start UP! was formerly called the YPS (for Year of Professional Support)

Section 4.b

The Issue: It is difficult for many new teachers to prepare properly for their classes.

i. Universities cannot provide the specific preparation for every possible teaching job, so new teacher need additional preparation before they begin. Shannon like many new teachers was offered widely differing assignments on short notice without specific preparation.

ii. Jody's experience illustrates that most early career teachers spend one to three or more years in a variety of teaching assignments. This substantially increases the difficulty of preparing for teaching.

Jody is a teacher in Dawson Creek who is in her 8th year with the district, last year was the first time we repeated the same assignment!

iii. Jamie joined the myPITA executive and we encouraged her to attend the Start UP! Series. Heidi is in her 7th year with SD39.

In her 1st year Heidi attended Start UP! Your Class Successfully (the introductory workshop), then several years later when she was hired for a grade 7 class without any grade 7 experience, she attended the full Start UP! Series.

iv. New teachers are hired on short notice:
Watch how his first classroom experience changes from being stressed out, to getting compliments from the other staff!
Christopher was hired at 4:00 on Friday before Labour Day by SD39 for a grade he had not taught!

Christopher spent several years as a TTOC then several more on short term contracts in SD39 and this year got his first continuing contract this year. He attended the Start UP! Your Class Successfully workshop in June. This illustrates that new teachers need resources on short notice, that's why we stress the need to 'prepare before you need to' and try to provide or post the resources on our website.

Kim Boechur is on the district staff in SD59 (Ft. St. John).
She describes the situation in a northern district for new teachers from a district point of view.

Ft. St. John and Dawson Creek school districts hire 20 to 60 teachers each year. We are working to develop our capacity to serve the whole province through webcasts. The Cmolik prize will substantially help us with this.

Challenges for Beginning Teachers Graph
The most frequent challenges for beginning teachers are due to preparation:

Examining the challenges listed, we think the top two challenges (60%) are largely a result of difficulty of preparation. If you examine the remaining challenges they are difficult, but not nearly as time consuming. It was from an article presented at the BCTF's New Teachers Conference, and referenced a BCTF Survey, however years passed before Ray asked Charlie Naylor for the reference and neither of us can find it. Nevertheless, we believe it fairly represents the reality in BC.

Section 4.c Impact of the Start UP! on the school and community

Generational Change is an Opportunity for BC
There will be a very large turnover of BC's teaching force the next decade or so. The success of our induction and the attitudes and skills they develop from that will significantly affect education for decades!

See this PowerPoint from Charlie Naylor (BCTF) describing the number of teachers hired in next decade or so..

Attitudes are largely set by experiences early in one's career.
An article in Harvard Business review in Feb. 2005 by Monica Higgins is the best source, but this link is free. This article talks about how business leaders were strongly influenced by the 'culture and practices' of the business they BEGAN in.- ie. looking backward in time. When Ray read this, he realized that the early career experiences influenced them throughout their career, and that the same should be true for teachers.

Part of a System of Support

This article suggests that new teachers in the OECD are often assigned more challenging classes.
This stress and the resulting lack of time might be why most new teachers do not participate much in mentoring and Start UP! programs.
The Start UP!, mentoring and other ProD would benefit if they were linked conceptually so new teachers can see where to go for help in their case.

Teaching in Focus: Supporting New Teachers OECD

Section 5 How can the Start UP! be replicated:

We are shifting our strategy to utilize online video. The Cmolik prize will enable us to create video our workshops. See the sample at the top of this page. Cost/workshop is about $5000 ea (2015)

There is a major difference between access and participation in mentoring and induction programs in OECD countries. Participation is the major challenge for expanding the Start UP! to a system for all new teachers (see last bullet on the last page).

This is the report to myPITA describing our events in 2015, plans for 2016 and finances.