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The Tri-County Teacher Induction Program (TIP) aspires to create a collaborative learning community that is committed to the ongoing growth and retention of new and veteran teachers while promoting habits of equity and effective instruction. New teachers (candidates) who have been issued a preliminary teaching credential will be provided one-on-one support by a trained mentor teacher who has knowledge and experience in the candidate's grade or subject level. Support includes just-in-time needs as well as guided reflection on daily teaching practices. Four inquiry cycles are completed over the two year journey with the teacher documenting reflections on daily practices of teaching in an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) while focusing on a job-embedded goal based on a standard from the California Standard of the Teaching Profession (CSTP). The foundation of the ILP is the Cycle of Inquiry (Plan, Teach/Assess, Reflect, Apply). By engaging in self-reflection, goal-setting, analysis of student data, and implementation of effective instruction, each candidate develops a unique style of his own. In addition, candidates are provided opportunities for professional development and networking with peers.  

Induction is a two-year, individualized, job-embedded system of mentoring, support and professional learning that begins in the teacher’s first year of teaching. (Precondition 1)

  • California Preliminary Teaching Credential (multiple subject, single subject
    education specialist)
  • Employment in a teaching position
  • Completed Candidate Enrollment Form

Program Support
  • TIP Orientation
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Monthly feedback
  • Ongoing professional learning and networking

Course and Fieldwork
  • One-on-one mentoring with an experienced teacher holding the same credential
    and/or experience with the grade-level/subject matter
  • Ongoing assessment of the California Standards for the Teaching Profession
  • Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) focusing on a job-embedded goal based on
    one of the standards and elements of the CSTP
  • Professional learning and networking with peers
  • End-of-year celebration

Program Completion
  • One ILP inquiry per cycle, with thorough reflections and proficient scores, for a
    total of four cycles over two years
  • Electronic portfolio of CSTP evidence, inquiry, and self-assessment
  • Attend end-of-year celebration