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 Induction Program Helps New Teachers Thrive

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 SDCOE’s Teacher Induction website. An interest list will be available in May for the 2018-19 school year.