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Teacher Induction Program
The Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) Teacher Induction Program (formerly known as BTSA) provides two years of job-embedded structured support and professional development for teachers who hold a Preliminary credential, after successful completion of the Teacher Induction Program, Candidates are recommended for a Clear credential.
The KCSOS Teacher Induction Program is a multi-district consortium that includes 44 public school districts, 4 charter, 14 private schools, and the KCSOS educational programs. The KCSOS Teacher Induction Program is available to employees of consortium member districts/schools who hold Preliminary General Education and/or Preliminary Education Specialist credential(s).
The staff of the KCSOS Teacher Induction Program works together with partnering districts to provide Candidates with a system of comprehensive system of support; providing a mentoring system, materials, professional development and individualized assistance in order to deliver a district contextualized professional development and growth experience for each participant. With the guidance of trained Mentors, Candidates complete an inquiry-based structure of support as they learn and apply new skills within the context of their own classrooms, with their own students.
What is Induction?
- The pathway from a Preliminary Teaching Credential to a Clear Teacher Credential in California
- Structured professional education and individual guidance for enrolled Candidates who hold a California Preliminary Credential
- Support provided by experienced teachers trained to coach new teachers to grow in the implementation of the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP)
Induction consists of
- Pairing Candidates with experienced teachers who serve as Mentors, and providing them time to work together
- Offering professional development opportunities to meet the needs of the new teacher in relation to his/her teaching assignment
- Building a support network by providing opportunities to dialogue with colleagues
- Providing a system of guided inquiry to assist beginning teachers to grow professionally
Teacher Induction Program Goals
- Ensure the professional success and retention of promising new teachers
- Improve student performance through enhanced training, information, and assistance for new teachers
- Improve the working conditions and job satisfaction of teachers by reducing professional isolation
- Establish a system of inquiry and growth based on the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP)
California Standards for the Teaching Profession
Adopted by the California Department of Education, the California Standards for the Teaching Profession provide a framework of common expectations for teachers.
The standards are:
- Engaging and Supporting all Students in Learning
- Creating and Maintaining Effective Environments for Student Learning
- Understanding and Organizing Subject Matter for Student Learning
- Planning Instruction and Designing Learning Experiences for All Students
- Assessing Student Learning
- Developing as a Professional Educator
Eligible candidates include those who are teaching on a valid California preliminary teaching credential, and are employed and sponsored by partnering school district.
Valid Preliminary Credentials include:
- General Education:
- Single Subject
- Multiple Subject
- Education Specialist
- Visual Impairment
- Deaf & Hard of Hearing
- Physical Health Impairment
- Early Childhood Special Education
- Language and Academic Development
Participation in the KCSOS Teacher Induction program is sponsored through each eligible teacher’s employing district. During the enrollment process, each district provides the enrollment information for each candidate to the KCSOS Teacher Induction Program staff. Candidates are then contacted to enroll as a Candidate.
If you feel you are eligible to participate (teaching, and employed by a consortium partner) please contact your employing agency’s HR department to begin the process at the local level.
Celia York, Coordinator II
Teacher Induction Program