Supporting Our Teachers

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With a commitment to:

1. Mentor Development

2. Teacher Inquiry & Collaboration

3. Personalized Professional Learning

Mentor Development

TIPS supports the development of teacher leaders through a series of professional learning opportunities and ongoing support in the following areas:


  • Adult Learning Theory
  • Evidence Based Observation
  • Effective Feedback
  • Mentoring Tools
  • Learning-Focused Conversations
  • Mentoring Self-Assessment/Goal Setting


Our Support Providers apply their learning through weekly and just-in-time support meetings with their assigned Participating Teacher.

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Teacher Inquiry & Collaboration

In the Teacher Induction Program, all Participating Teachers develop reflective practices by engaging in the cycle of inquiry. Each teacher personalizes his or her own journey through the inquiry process as they move through the following phases:



  1. Identify a Problem of Practice/Dilemma
  2. Review Data and Set Goals
  3. Develop an Action Plan
  4. Take Action
  5. Reflect and Assess


As a culminating event to each cycle of inquiry, TIPS hosts a Data Dialogue. At this event, the beginning teacher and mentor meet with a third teacher leader, the Partnership Learning Coach. They engage in a learning-focused conversation around the new teacher's inquiry process with an eye on student data, classroom artifacts, and support for our beginning teachers.

TIPS Data Dialogues

Wednesday, Dec. 13th 2017 at 4-7pm

2701 West 5th Street

Santa Ana, CA

Join us at our first Data Dialogue of the year to see our teachers and mentors in action!
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Personalized Professional Learning

We had a great turnout at our first Professional Development Conference of the year on October 25th at Spurgeon Intermediate School.


  • Almost 200 teachers participated
  • Self-selected professional development
  • Curriculum/Program Specialists and Teacher Leaders presented
  • 19 sessions from which to choose!
  • Topics included: PBIS, Restorative Practices, Classroom Management Strategies, Social/Emotional Curriculum, Technology Integration, AVID, and more!


TIPS was happy to include our SAUSD New Hires in the event, as well as opened enrollment to the first 50 SAUSD teachers who registered.

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TIPS 2018 Professional Development Conference

Wednesday, Feb. 28th, 3:30-6:30pm

2701 West 5th Street

Santa Ana, CA

Save the date for our second PD Conference of the 2017-2018 School Year!
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