Start UP! Program

Start UP! for Early Career Teachers

(Previously called Year of Professional Support or YPS)

The idea of the Start UP! began in 2004 when Ray Myrtle wrote ‘The First Week of School’ and PITA distributed it around the province to new teachers.
The next two years he ran a workshop for new teachers in Burnaby just before school began.
In April 08 PITA received a grant from the Ministry of Education through the BCTF.
The program operated by PITA in two pilot sites for 08-09 Metro (Burnaby, Abbotsford) and Kelowna, but available to any early career teachers. Originally it was financially supported by PITA, the grant from Ministry of Education and the Abbotsford and Central Okanagan Teacher Associations.
Since then Maple Ridge, Burnaby, Surrey, and Kamloops (KTTA) locals have all supported the Start UP!

The program was re-designed into its present format with four day Start UP! series in Aug/Sept & Start UP! and Build UP! workshops during the year, mostly on ProD Days. The Central Okanagan, Kamloops District, Burnaby and Surrey Teachers Associations have provided financial Support for the program. Their support enabled us to provide support for almost 400 early career teachers that year. Since then over 1500 early career teachers have participated in the program.
For information contact ray.myrtle(at)

For more information, see the Start UP! website at

For more information about the rationale of the program including video comments by teachers, go to our application for funding HERE


The Vision:

Early career teachers have the preparation they need to teach successfully. They will find specific strategies, unit suggestions and resources when they need them, through regular face to face workshops, and web based resources and support from their cohort, Start UP! presenters and experienced teachers.


‘A practical program to help early career teachers begin the journey toward being excellent teachers.’

The Goal:

“I feel prepared and confident for the first week of school” -Program Participant

Five Elements:


1. ‘Start UP Your Class Successfully’ 1 Day
-prepare for your first week of school in September or later
-intro to the program

2. ‘Start UP Your Program (French, science, etc) Successfully’- 3 days
-receive ‘starter units’ that that can be used in any intermediate grade to begin your career successfully –
Six 1/2 day workshops: Reading, math, socials, science, PE, French
Offered in August and September at the beginning of school

3. ‘Build UP Your Program Successfully’ – 4 days
-receive specific building blocks for gr 4/5 or 6/7
Eight 1/2 day workshops: Reading, writing, math, socials, science, PE, French, Fine Arts
Offered in October – and February Pro D days and Saturdays in November, January and April

Web Based Support:
4. Start UP! Site (professional discussion) and early career Wiki’-the ‘library’
-a resource where early career teachers and experienced teachers can share ideas and resources and questions
(you’re reading it now!).

5. ‘Invite a Buddy’
– together with districts and you, we will help find a mentor and invite the mentor to join you in participating in the program

For more information contact Ray Myrtle ray.myrtle(at)

More MISC Info and documents:

Intro Sign Up Video – Sign up for information about the Start UP! and info for early career teachers.
Start UP! Sign UP Flyer:

Start UP! Workshop Forms for presenters:

YPS Survey form2011.doc
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Start UP Sign Up Sheet2012.doc
BSB Apr25 FWOS.pdf


As a condition of our Ministry grant, we had an evaluation done.
Download our first interim report last fall: [[file/detail/Sept 15 informal Report.doc|Sept 15 informal Report.doc]].
Download our second interim report [[file/detail/PITA -YPS Jan 30 Informal Report(ed 2).doc|PITA -YPS Jan 30 Informal Report(ed 2).doc]]
Two UBC Grad students are did an evaluation on our YPS program.
Here is their preliminary report: [[file/detail/YPS_Preliminary_Report(March12-09).pdf|YPS_Preliminary_Report(March12-09).pdf]]
Here is their final report:

Ray’s Start UP! Your Class Workshop Handouts:
Lets Get Acquainted -Workshop-Teachers.pdf
Graph The Class-Prediction Blackline#2.doc
Draw and Predit Draft Revison.doc
class list template.doc

Ray’s Start UP! FlyerFiles:
Start UP! Post Your Plans.pdf
Start UP! Intro Nov14a.pdf
Steve Cardwell.doc
Start UP!W21Feb14BBY2.pdf
Start UP! Intro Jan 14.pdf
Start UP! Intro Sept13.pdf
Start UP! Wkshp13Sept23RevR.pdf
Start UP! Wkshp Sept 7L2.pdf
Start UP! Series Metro 1Jun13k.pdfStart UP! Series Kam 1Jan13k.pdf
Start UP! Wkshp Sept’13PromoR.pdf
Start UP! SeriesRelease4.doc
Surrey TOCs SUp&LTDog Fall15Draft.pdf
Surrey TOCs SUp&LTDog13Nov15.pdf
Start UP! Surrey Jan 23rd1.pdf
StartUP! BBY Feb19th1pg.pdf
StartUP! BBY Feb19th.pdf
Jan2016 Overview.pdf
Start UP! Surrey Jan 23rd1.pdf
StartUP! BBY Feb19th2.pdf
StartUP! BBY Feb19th2.pdf

Start UP! Nanaimo Feb 1st.pdf
Start UP! Nanaimo Feb 1st.pdf
StartUP! BBY Feb19th2.pdf
VSB Feb 9thPM.pdf
BSB Apr25 FWOS.pdf
VSB May 9th Ma.pdf
Start UP! Series16 1st notice.pdf
Start UP! Series16 1st notice.pdf
Start UP! Series16a.pdf

Series16 Descriptions.doc
Start UP! Series16b.pdf
Start UP! Your Class video Sept16.doc
Start UP Your Class video Sept16.doc
Start UP! Series16c.pdf
Start UP! Series16d.pdf
Series16 Descriptions.doc
Shannon Tracey.tiff
New Teachers’ face a pot hole.doc
NewT’s Stress Pot Hole.doc
NewT’s Stress Pot Hole.doc
NewT’s Stress Pot Hole.doc
New Teachers’ face a pot hole.doc
New Teachers’ face a pot hole.doc
New Teachers’ face a pot hole.doc
Focused Pro D .doc
New Professional Orientation Helps New Teachers Start Off Right.docx
Professional Orientation Helps New Teachers Start Off Right.docx
Summer17 4-7 wkshp descriptions.docx

Woman at well.png
TTOC Hiring Pattern p.1.pdf
TTOC Hiring Pattern Report No2.pdf
Surrey Series15 K-3 write ups-2.pdf
StartUP Series15 Gr.4-8 Webcast.pdf
VSB TOCs SUp&LTDog Fall15AM.pdfStartUP Series15 Primary Webcasts.pdf
Surrey Series15 Gr. 4-8 Descriptions2.pdf
BurnabySeries15 K-1 Descriptions3.pdfBurnabySeries15Gr.4-8 Descriptions3.pdf
I am a Teacher.docBurnabySeries15Gr.4-8 Descriptions1.pdf
Surrey Series15 Gr. 4-8 Descriptions3.pdf

Surrey Series15 Gr. 4-8 Descriptions1.pdfBurnabySeries15Gr.4-8 Descriptions1.pdf
BurnabySeries15 K-1 Descriptions2.pdfSurrey Series15 K-3 write ups-2.pdf

Start UP! Series15MetroSched3.pdf
Start UP! Series15KamSched3.pdf

Van ECT Apr 27th2c.pdfVan ECT Apr 27th2c.pdf
Van ECT Apr 27th2c.pdf
class list template.doc
Pg.4 excerpt.pdf
5 Elements Oct14.pdf
Graph The Class-Prediction Blackline#2.doc
Surrey ECT Feb20tha.pdf
Start UP! Newsletter Pub Jan 15Y.pdf

Van ECTFeb 19th1.pdf
Sur ECT Jan23rd1.pdf

Surrey ECTNov 10thF.pdf
Start UP! Thanks for interest.doc
Start UP! Wkshp 23Sept13RevR.pdf
Start UP! Wkshp 7Feb14NVcr.pdf

Start UP! Wkshp VCR 31Jan14.pdfStart UP! Wkshp 25Jan13.pdf
Start UP! Intro4.pdf
Introduction to First Week of School activity.docx
Chal for beg tea Graph-looking forp24.tiff
Story Graph of My Teaching Experience.doc
Challenges & Story Graphs.doc
Dec 13a Newsletter.docx
Start UP! Wkshp 25Jan13.pdfshortcut: Elements Oct14.pdf5 Elements Oct14.pdfVan ECT Apr 27th2.pdfStart UP! Series15Sched3.pdfSurrey Series15 Gr. 4-8 Descriptions2.pdf
Critical Support for new teachers.docSeven Steps to support new teachers-Ray Myrtle2018.docCritical Support for new teachers.doc