Mission Statement: Participating teachers will experience enhanced job-embedded professional growth and development by participating in a rich and thoughtful Induction Process. Participating teachers will engage in reflective conversations with experienced colleagues to improve classroom practice by responding to the diverse cultural, social, and academic needs of all students.
The Far East Contra Costa County Induction Program is a partnership of the five East Contra Costa County school districts: Brentwood Union School District, Byron Union School District, Knightsen School District, Liberty Union High School District, and Oakley Union Elementary School District. The Consortium provides training and support to participating teachers, Induction mentors, and administrators from the participating districts.
Program Goals: - To direct support toward improving student achievement - To ensure intensive individualized support and assistance for each participating teacher - To ensure that participating teachers continuously examine their effectiveness and document evidence for professional growth - To ensure the success of participating teachers - Assist the participating teacher to meet the requirements of a Clear Credential
Key Elements for Participating Teacher Support
Induction Mentor: The Site Administrator and District Induction Coordinator match all participating teachers with a veteran teacher who is chosen because of their exemplary teaching and communication skills. Induction Mentors meet weekly with the participating teacher to collaboratively assess teaching practice in relation to the California Standards for the Teaching Profession and to provide “just in time” support, as well as longer term analysis of teaching practice to help candidates develop enduring professional skills.
Goal Setting, Reflection and Growth: Participating teachers and Induction Mentors will set professional goals, aligned with evaluation goals, to meet the individual needs of the participating teacher. Participating teachers, with the support of their Induction Mentor, analyze student work, plan differentiated lessons, and problem-solve classroom practice. The Induction Mentor observes the participating teacher and gives non-evaluative feedback. Collaboratively they strive to improve classroom practice and student achievement.
Professional Development for Participating Teachers: Participating teachers attend professional development to improve and expand their knowledge of how to meet the needs of all students. Teachers have the opportunity to attend workshops and seminars within their district and earn units from Brandman University.