One of the ways that the San Diego County Office of
Education (SDCOE) supports students is by ensuring new teachers get the support
they need during their first few years in the classroom while attaining a clear
credential through its Teacher Induction program.
This year, there are approximately 450 teachers from across
the county participating in the two-year SDCOE program, with another nearly 300
teachers are supporting and mentoring them.
“It’s job-embedded, real-time support,” said Keri Morgan, a
project specialist with SDCOE who oversees the program. “They’re getting to
know their students, their school, their district, and their community.”
Through this mentoring model, teachers build long-lasting
relationships with mentors, receive support in areas of growth, and are given
the time and space to reflect on their teaching practice as they continuously
improve instruction and address student learning through action research.
All teachers trained in California who graduate from a
teacher-preparation program must clear the preliminary credential through an
induction program within five years. Teachers who were trained in other states and
come to California and receive a preliminary credential may also need to clear
through an induction program.
The SDCOE Teacher Induction program serves numerous smaller
school districts, private schools, and charter schools across the county that
do not have a district-sponsored programs. Districts who do sponsor their own
programs require new hires to participate in their program.
The program's purpose is to provide a safe environment,
which supports teachers as they grow in their professional practice and
transform into lifelong, reflective practitioners.
The number of teachers in the program has grown over the
last several years, from fewer than 100 to more than 400. The program serves
multiple-subject, single-subject, and education specialist credential holders.
The program was originally put in place in California with
the intent to address the projected teacher shortage. Providing support to new
teachers is a powerful way to increase teacher retention and build teacher
leadership capacity among mentors.
“Teachers who go through the program are more invested in
their school and district,” Morgan said.
Teachers who are interested in the program can learn more on
Induction website. An interest list will be available in May for the
2018-19 school year.