Trailhead

The Newsletter for SUHSD Teacher Induction

February 2019

Third Quarter of the Year!

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What Is Teacher Induction?

Induction is the process by which a teacher earns eligibility for recommendation to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for issue of a Clear Teaching Credential. A teacher must earn a Clear credential within five years of activating her/his Preliminary credential. The SUHSD currently provides access to a 24-month, CTC-approved Induction program at no cost to approximately 150 eligible teachers.

Teacher Induction is Aligned with Sweetwater's Essential Elements of Effective First Instruction

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SUHSD Teacher Induction's Working Definition of Effective First Instruction:

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What do SUHSD Teacher Induction Mentors Do?

SUHSD Teacher Induction Mentors Account for their time on a monthly basis

Mentors spend significant time with Candidates engaged in developing Individual Learning Plans (ILPs), planning lessons/units/assessments, doing classroom observations and facilitating general reflection.


The Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires Induction Mentors to spend at least one hour each week engaged in 1:1 mentoring with Induction Candidates.


The top four categories of activity for Mentor/Candidate interaction are ILP Development, General Reflection, Classroom Observations and Lesson/Unit Planning.

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SUHSD Teacher Induction Mentors and Program Manager Spend Time in Classrooms Observing

Over 270 teachers received classroom observations with related feedback during semester one

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Each observed teacher receives written feedback aligned with CSTP goals

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Individual Learning Plan (ILP) drives Candidate work through Induction

The ILP has several key parts: goal/outcome with CSTP rationale, action steps, tracking action steps and summary/reflection with next steps


See sample below from semester 1 of this year

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Commission for Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Program Review

Every seven years, Teacher Induction programs authorized by the CTC to recommend individuals for issue of Clear credentials must participate in an "audit" designed to evidence alignment with professional standards. Although our program has only been active since 2016, this is our year for accreditation review.


See CTC's Teacher Induction Program Preconditions and Standards linked here


See CTC's Common Standards (for all accredited institutions/agencies) linked here

Below are some of the ways SUHSD Teacher Induction positively affects the larger educational system

SUHSD Teacher Induction: Driven by Research

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Recent American Educational Research Association (AERA) and Kappan publications influence our program

Find recent examples of academic research informing our work linked below.

Other influential, interesting and recent articles:

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Federal Title II funding is largely responsible for supporting SUHSD Teacher Induction

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AMAZING MENTORS!

Induction Mentor Ed Gillet (ELH) is the subject of a new book!

In the summer of 1987 Ed Gillet achieved what no person has accomplished before or since, a solo crossing from California to Hawaii by kayak. Gillet, at the age of 36 an accomplished sailor and paddler, navigated by sextant and always knew his position within a few miles. Still, Gillet underestimated the abuse his body would take from the relentless, pounding swells of the Pacific, and early into his voyage he was covered with saltwater sores and found that he could find no comfort sleeping inside the stock tandem kayak he used. Along the way he endured a broken rudder, among other calamities, but at last reached Maui on his 64th day at sea, four days after his food had run out. Dave Shively brings Gillet's remarkable story to life in this gripping narrative, based on exclusive access to Gillet's logs as well as interviews with the legendary paddler himself.
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Induction Program Calendar for 2018-19

Induction Program Professional Development Engages Mentors and Candidates

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Q3 Induction Mentor Workshops: Jan 28 and Jan 29, 2019

See presentation slides linked here


See participant feedback from 1/28/19 and 1/29/19

Q3 Candidate Seminars: Feb 11 and Feb 12, 2019

See presentation slides linked here


See participant feedback from 2/11/19 and 2/12/19

Guide Teacher Canvas Course

Pilot Guide Teacher Canvas Course Supports SUHSD Guide Teachers and Helps Evidence Collaboration between Guide and Student Teachers

Again this semester, active SUHSD Guide Teachers may self-enroll in this course, which provides them an opportunity to collaborate (via online discussions and shared artifacts) and help others better understand their work supporting Students Teachers. Participation is voluntary and compensated through Federal Title II funding.
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Upcoming Program Deadlines for Mentors and Candidates

Mentors:


due March 8, 2019

  • Feb Contact Logs
  • Feb Admin Notes
  • Feb Observation form submission


Candidates:


All quarterly Canvas assignments for Q3 will be due no later than March 15, 2019. Please observe weekly deadlines for specific assignments in order to take full advantage of mentor feedback!


UCSD Extension Q3 Teacher Induction course enrollment ended 2/1/19 and the enrollment flyer was posted here and on the SUHSD Teacher Induction web page. All quarterly inquiry assignments must be successfully completed by 3/22/19 for award of credit for that course.

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Peruse other issues of our newsletter!

See links below for previous issues ofTrailhead :