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BATTI Mission and Vision

The BATTI Mission

The Bay Area Teacher Training Institute’s mission is to provide comprehensive preparation for aspiring independent and public school teachers and leaders.

BATTI graduates educators with the capacity and the determination to

  • foster joyous, purposeful, and engaging learning for a diverse student body
  • build more inclusive, innovative, and successful classrooms and schools
  • contribute to more just, equitable, and sustainable communities

Key BATTI features include:

  • a two-year combined MA and credential program designed for full-time working professionals
  • personalized experiential on-the-job learning in outstanding public, charter and independent schools
  • opportunities to pilot well-researched, cutting-edge pedagogy and spark school change

The BATTI Vision

The Bay Area Teacher Training Institute is the Bay Area beacon for how to best prepare today’s aspiring teachers and school leaders for all kinds of schools, the diversity of students, and the ambiguous challenges of the future.

Our goals are:

Advance teacher and leader preparation
Strategic Direction:

Position BATTI’s teacher and leader courses, experiences and residencies to excellently prepare educators to recognize and serve learners in both public and independent schools.

Rationale:

Graduates of BATTI must be able to serve an enormously diverse range of learners. All BATTI graduates, whether leaders or teachers, should be prepared to teach, lead and take action in both public and independent schools, and in the interest of every student. In particular, the mentoring experience is crucial to the BATTI program. As BATTI does not directly select mentors, and rather relies on a variety of individual school resident arrangements, BATTI can best improve the quality of its students’ experiences by strengthening its training of mentors and its collaboration with partner schools.

Strategic Priorities
  • The quality of mentoring, and thus the quality of both the mentor/mentee relationship and the mentee experience.
  • Enhanced training in strategies and practices of differentiation for the full range of student needs
  • Targeted preparation for successful early career teaching and leadership
Enhance student and alumni support
Strategic Direction:

Develop and enhance BATTI programs to include more public school experience, more early years support, and more opportunities for professional growth and advancement so that beginning BATTI teachers are more likely to be highly successful right from the start, and all alumni have the opportunity for robust support and ongoing professional growth.

Rationale:

Beginning teachers have a daunting job, especially if they serve as a resident in an independent school and then teach in a public school, or if they enter any school that does not offer the necessary early support, materials, aligned pedagogy, etc. In such situations, teachers who might otherwise be successful may flounder in their early years. BATTI can be designed as a program that seamlessly trains and then supports graduates in the early years of their career as a teacher.

Strategic Priorities
  • A diverse and talented pool of participating residents
  • Graduates well prepared for both public school and independent school placement
  • A strong support and professional development system for alumni

Ensure BATTI is sustainable, responsive, innovative and nimble

 Strategic direction:

Create structures and practices that ensure that the BATTI organization and its programs are responsive to the shifting global and educational context.

Rationale:

As the field of education and the broader global context continually shift, BATTI needs to maintain an adaptive approach to defining its programs in light of the needs of its central constituency groups (residents and schools). Additionally, in order to effectively develop curiosity, an inquiry stance, a growth mindset, design thinking skills and other similar qualities in BATTI residents, BATTI as an institution should use and model these qualities.

Strategic Priorities
  • Create an infrastructure for sustainability
  • Be nimble and innovative in responding to changes in the educational field
  • Be alert and responsive to evolving needs of schools and partners