The Newsletter for SUHSD Teacher Induction

August 2017

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!!

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Our Goal: Quality First Instruction

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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:
  • 212 Induction Candidates in all content areas at nearly all SUHSD school sites
  • 68 Induction Mentors representing all content areas at nearly all sites
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In June the SUHSD recommended 48 teachers to CTC for issue of Clear Credentials

Our partnership with SDCOE supported recommendation of 8 Education Specialists.

Another 40 teachers completed Year Two Induction or Early Completion through the SUHSD.

Candidates express increased confidence in the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTPs)

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What is "Mentoring" in the SUHSD?

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Summer Mentor Institute: July 12 & 13, 2017

See presentation slides linked here.

Induction Candidate Orientation: July 17 & 18, 2017

See presentation slides linked here.

Candidates consider teacher-student relationships at the start of the school year by working with a poem by Langston Hughes

Theme for English B


The instructor said,

Go home and write

a page tonight.

And let that page come out of you—

Then, it will be true.

I wonder if it’s that simple?

I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston-Salem.

I went to school there, then Durham, then here

to this college on the hill above Harlem.

I am the only colored student in my class.

The steps from the hill lead down into Harlem,

through a park, then I cross St. Nicholas,

Eighth Avenue, Seventh, and I come to the Y,

the Harlem Branch Y, where I take the elevator

up to my room, sit down, and write this page:

It’s not easy to know what is true for you or me

at twenty-two, my age. But I guess I’m what

I feel and see and hear, Harlem, I hear you.

hear you, hear me—we two—you, me, talk on this page.

(I hear New York, too.) Me—who?

Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love.

I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.

I like a pipe for a Christmas present,

or records—Bessie, bop, or Bach.

I guess being colored doesn’t make me not like

the same things other folks like who are other races.

So will my page be colored that I write?

Being me, it will not be white.

But it will be

a part of you, instructor.

You are white—

yet a part of me, as I am a part of you.

That’s American.

Sometimes perhaps you don’t want to be a part of me.

Nor do I often want to be a part of you.

But we are, that’s true!

As I learn from you,

I guess you learn from me—

although you’re older—and white—

and somewhat more free.

This is my page for English B.

Questions for consideration:

  • In what ways does this poem challenge "traditional" student-teacher relationships?
  • How is this poem relevant today?
  • What have you learned from students?
  • Why/how might you engage students in reading this poem?

Fourth Quarter Candidate Seminar and Semester 2 Round Table Showcase Growth

See presentation slides from the Q4 Candidate seminar here.

See slides from the Semester 2 Round Table here.

Word cloud summarizes dominant ideas from Semester 2 Round Table reflections!

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Induction program classrooms offer evidence of purposeful planning for literacy

Students of ELH Induction Candidate Genevive Bjorn conduct research on ocean acidification

Students of PAH Induction Candidate Abigail Fomperosa-Hernandez generate variety of products to illustrate proficiency in key art skills

SUHSD Induction Canvas Course Evidences Effective Instruction on an Ongoing Basis

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Canvas course: SUHSD Induction

“Off track” Year One candidates

continuing from 2016-17:

(no complete Year One transcript yet)

SUHSD Induction

Year Two 2017-18 (with Year One transcript)

(self-enroll here)

Year One 2017-18 (new to Induction)

(self-enroll here)

Induction program expectations for Year Two build on growth from Year One

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Sibme offers platform for teacher collaboration around classroom videos for a focus on Quality First Instruction

Classroom teachers control what they post and share with others; custom "tags" support focused reflection and feedback.

Year Two Induction candidates and mentors will engage in collaboration around "snapshot" videos once each semester.

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SUHSD Teacher Induction Program Professional Development

Events include quarterly Mentor Workshops, Candidate Seminars and Semester Round Tables
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Individual Learning Plan

The Individual Learning Plan (ILP) continues to drive personalized growth aligned to the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTPs)

see link to CSTPs here
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California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTPs)

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