PPAP INDUCTION PROGRAM INFORMATION
California Teacher Induction
California has a two-tiered credentialing system for teachers. Preliminary programs prepare candidates to obtain an initial teaching credential through successful completion of required coursework, fieldwork, and a performance demonstration of their knowledge, skills, and abilities. The second tier of preparation is a two-year job-embedded individualized induction program that is focused on extensive support and mentoring to new teachers in their first and second year of teaching.
California Teacher Induction (formerly BTSA) is the required pathway to a California Professional Clear Teaching Credential and is co-administered by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Induction Programs are accredited through the CTC and designed in accordance with Standards for Quality and Effectiveness.
The Poway Unified School District Induction Program is a component of the Poway Professional Assistance Program/PAR (PPAP/PAR). PPAP Induction is single district program, approved through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) in accordance with the Standards for Quality and Effectiveness. The program is designed as a two-year, individualized, job-embedded system of mentoring, support and professional learning that begins in the first year of teaching for eligible Candidates holding a Preliminary Teaching Credential.
The program and work of the Teacher Consultant is based upon principles of cognitive coaching, adult learning theory, theories around inquiry, action research, and change theory. These principles are used to examine practice and implementation of the Poway Continuum of Teaching Standards (in correlation with the CSTPs) within applicable context. The PPAP Induction program is committed to fostering professional growth of beginning teachers through honest, data-driven feedback, individualized support, advanced professional development, and 1:1 mentoring from an experienced Teacher Consultant.
Advisement and Eligibility
At the point of hire, the Human Resources Technicians will analyze each beginning teacher’s credential to determine the individual requirements set forth by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and inform the teacher of those requirements. At that time, beginning teachers complete an Induction Eligibility Form, which also notifies the teacher of their responsibility to enroll into an Induction Program. The Induction Eligibility Form is provided to the PPAP Induction Program Coordinator who verifies information and confirms eligibility for participation. Candidates are informed of eligibility at the start of the year at the District’s New Teacher Day. Eligible Candidate’s hired after New Teacher Day are informed individually by the Program Coordinator.
Hold a Preliminary Multiple, Single Subject or Education Specialist Credential
Have less than two years of contracted teaching experience
Be employed as a full time contracted teacher of record in PUSD, K-12
- Teachers hired after the start of the year, have more than two years of experience or are contracted part time, will be considered based on the above criteria and program availability
- Substitute and impact teachers are not eligible for Poway's Induction program
All Induction Candidates must attend an Induction Orientation Meeting. Program information, purpose and requirements are reviewed, and Candidates officially enroll by completing the Participating Candidate Agreement. This agreement confirms the Candidate understands the expectations and accepts the conditions for participating in the Poway Induction Program. Once accepted and enrolled in the Poway Induction program, the candidate will retain participation status until:
At the end of each participation year, the Candidate will be provided with a Completion form. A Transportability Process is in place if a candidate leaves Poway Unified School District and enrolls in another Induction Program. The Program Coordinator will ensure all documentation and paperwork that demonstrates program status is verified and submitted to the enrolling program with minimal disruption. A letter of completion and a copy of the Completion form will be sent to the new enrolling program. In the event the Poway Unified School District Induction Program closes, a teach-out plan would be developed. This would include a transcript and an individual transition plan for each candidate.
- Completion of the program
- Withdrawal from the program
- Dropped from the program based on established criteria; or
- Admitted to another approved program to complete the requirements
Early Completion Option (ECO) Candidates who have the additional Preliminary Credential Renewal Requirement of TPA and/or RICA, based on the Governor's Executive Order, are not eligible to apply for the Early Completion Option (ECO).
The Poway Induction Program also offers an Early Completion Option (ECO), which is available for experienced and exceptional candidates (Education Code Section 44279.25.) Information is available with the Handbook, on the MyConnect course, program website and will be reviewed at the Induction Orientation meeting. If a candidate is interested in applying for this option, they should notify their Teacher Consultant and discuss the option and its requirements. The Program Coordinator and Director of Human Resources evaluates and approves the candidates’ request for ECO.
The Poway Unified School District Governing Board desires to provide a positive work environment where employees and job applicants are assured of equal access and opportunities and are free from harassment with accordance with the law. The Governing Board prohibits District employees from discriminating against or harassing any other District employee and job applicant on the basis of the person’s actual or perceived race, religion creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, or sexual orientation. The following person is designated as the Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406, 858-521-2800, extension 2761.