Trailhead

The Newsletter for SUHSD Teacher Induction

December 2016

SUHSD Teacher Induction links beginning teachers with experienced colleagues to ensure student success

As of this month, our program serves a growing number of participants:
  • 247 Induction Candidates in all content areas at nearly all SUHSD school sites
  • 64 Induction Mentors representing all content areas at nearly all sites
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Our Goal: Quality First Instruction

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SUHSD Induction Canvas Course Evidences Effective Instruction on an Ongoing Basis

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Candidates and Mentors Collaborate to Document Proficiency in the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTPs)

Second Quarter CSTP-related assignments include


  • one observation of a colleague
  • one observation by a colleague
  • one lesson plan
  • one unit plan
  • one set of formative assessment artifacts (task/prompt, scoring guide/rubric, anchor papers)
  • a description of a selected focus student
  • a diagram of student grouping with rationale
  • participation in a threaded discussion regarding the challenge of balancing protection of free speech and safety in the classroom


Additionally, Candidates generate an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) to aid in personalized learning.

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Semester One Round Table Events Provide Opportunities to Reflect on Growth

Candidates and Mentors choose between two dates:

Monday, December 12, 2016 (ELH Theater and breakout rooms)


Tuesday, December 13, 2016 (CVH Theater and breakout rooms)

Q2 Candidate Seminar Provides Opportunity to Prepare for Round Table Events

Monday, November 14 (ELH Theater and breakout rooms)


Tuesday, November 15 (CVH Theater and breakout rooms)

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Induction Mentors and Candidates Participate in Collaborative Learning Walks

Mentors organize teams of teachers to visit subject-alike classrooms

Melanie Villanueva led teams of middle school and high school science teachers; Valerie Ruiz led walks for Education Specialists. Aly Martinez led teachers of bilingual math.

Do you have a Learning Walk planned at your site?

If you have planned a Learning Walk and would be open to including colleagues from another department/site, share your information with the Induction office by emailing Katrine Czajkowski or Doreen San Nicolas.

California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTPs)

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Reference prior issues of Trailhead as well as all Mentor and Candidate Workshop Materials

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