INDUCTION PROGRAM INFORMATION
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 Orientation. Eligible Candidate’s hired after New Teacher Orientation 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 or 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
Teacher Consultant and Participating Candidate Assignment
The Poway USD Induction program identifies and assigns a Teacher Consultant to each candidate within the first 30 days of the participant’s enrollment in the program based on the needs of the individual candidate and his or her students. Based on eligible Candidates, the Program Coordinator matches the Teacher Consultant to the Candidate considering needs of the Candidate and his/her students, credentials held, grade level and/or subject area. Present and past experience of the Teacher Consultant is also considered in an effort to best tailor support for individual candidate needs. A memo is sent to the site Principal, communicating the Candidates’ participation in the program and the assigned Teacher Consultant.
Teacher Consultants make contact with the Participating Candidate for introductions, to communicate roles and responsibilities and begin to align support based on the Candidate’s needs. An average of not less than one hour per week of individualized support/mentoring/coaching coordinated and/or provided by the Teacher Consultant is provided throughout the program. The Program Coordinator monitors support provided through Logs kept by the Teacher Consultants, PPAP Interactive Journals kept by the Candidate, Candidate Surveys, emails and individual conversations.
If a Candidate feels a mismatch is made resulting in a less productive relationship between the Teacher Consultant and the Candidate, it is the responsibility of the Candidate to follow the identified request for change of Teacher Consultant through the identified grievance process.
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:
- 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
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.
Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
Teacher Consultants and Candidates are guided in their work through the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) designed to further teaching practice. Mentoring/coaching during this period is individualized and based on each candidate’s assessed strengths and areas for growth, with a focus on increased student achievement. Goals for each participating teacher are developed within the context of the Individual Learning Plan within the first 60 days of the teacher’s enrollment in the program. Individual Learning Plans are submitted into MyConnect, and monitored by the Program Coordinator who ensures that the Teacher Consultant and Candidate adhere to the 60-day requirement. In the development of the ILP, Candidates and Teacher Consultants engage in a co-assessment process of the Candidate’s practice in relation to the Poway Continuum of Teaching Standards (aligned with the CSTPs). The co-assessment, the University Transition Plan and input from the Site Principal guides the development of a personalized Individual Learning Plan. The Individual Learning Plan is revisited and revised periodically as appropriate and is designed solely for the growth and development of the Candidate and not for evaluative purposes.
A menu of options for Professional Development is available to candidates based on their interests and areas of focus for growth. Educational Specialists will also complete trainings on the Special Education Procedural Handbook, SEIS and additional trainings provided by the Special Education Department as appropriate to the candidate’s context.
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Through the MyConnect system, Candidates have access to requirements and develop a portfolio by gathering and submitting evidence to demonstrate application of the teaching standards. Each Candidate’s progress in monitored through the system, and provided with feedback and multiple opportunities to demonstrate advanced application of teaching skills.
Should a Candidate struggle to meet the program requirements, the Program Coordinator will confer with the candidate and Teacher Consultant to make a plan for additional assistance. If an Induction Candidate fails to submit their assignments by the due date, the Teacher Consultant will contact the Candidate to remedy any problems. This may include a meeting with the Program Coordinator and the Teacher Consultant. If, despite additional support, the Candidate is unable or unwilling to fulfill the program requirements, the Candidate will be dropped from the program. Candidates may also be dropped from the program if it is determined that they are not attending and fully participating in required program activities and/or are not making timely progress towards program completion. If, for any reason, a Candidate is unable to participate fully in the Induction program, they must contact their Teacher Consultant and the Program Coordinator immediately.
Each participation year, all Candidate portfolios are reviewed for completeness and upon verification, will receive a Completion Form. The program concludes with the Candidate’s Culminating Activity Presentation to a panel. The Culminating Activity highlights the Induction Candidate’s growth and competency in the classroom. This culminating evidence along with the Induction Program Portfolio is used by the program to verify completion of program requirements. Candidates who have completed all requirements of the Induction Program will be recommended for a Clear Credential by the Human Resources Technicians.
It is essential that each candidate has updated their personal contact information on the CTC website and that all fees required by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing be submitted within 90 days of the recommendation to ensure receiving the Professional Clear Credential. If an Induction Candidates Preliminary Credential expires prior to June of their 2nd year in the Induction Program, it is imperative that the Candidate contact their assigned Human Resources Technician as soon as possible.
In the event the Poway Induction program deems an Induction Candidate did not satisfactorily complete the Induction program, the Induction Candidate has the right to appeal through the identified Grievance Process.
Request for Extension of Induction Program Completion
It is the Candidate’s responsibility to complete an Induction program in the two-year time frame provided. If a Candidate experiences extenuating circumstances that could prevent timely completion, the candidate must contact their Teacher Consultant and Program Coordinator, and an extension may be requested. Extensions will be granted on a case-by-case basis. Based upon what point a request for extension will occur in the year and the duration, a determination will be made whether makeup of requirements will be permitted, or if completing all or part of the Induction year in the next fiscal year will be necessary.
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 Induction program has a clearly defined grievance process for candidates and applicants. The grievance process information. The following process will be followed for applicants and candidates to seek resolution for admission, participation or completion, and/or request for change in Teacher Consultant and Candidate match:
Participation or Completion of Induction
Should a concern regarding program participation or completion arise, the Candidate should follow the following process:
- Meet with his/her Teacher Consultant to discuss and resolve the concern, if possible. The Candidate should attend the meeting prepared to share any evidence of program participation or completion that would support his/her claim(s).
- If the concern cannot be resolved within 7 days following the meeting, the Candidate may choose to present the grievance, in writing, to the Program Coordinator. The grievance should be described clearly and concisely, and should include the Teacher Consultant’s response.
- The Program Coordinator will discuss the concern with the Director of Human Resource and Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, considering all evidence and documentation provided by the Participating Teacher and Teacher Consultant. The Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services will make a final decision as to the resolution of the issue within 7 days of the receipt of the written claim. The Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services’ decision shall be final.
Should a concern regarding admission into Poway’s Induction programs occur the applicant should contact the Director of Human Resources to communicate the grievance and request a reconsideration for admission into the program. The Director of Human Resources and the Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services will review the grievance and communicate the decision to the applicant within 7 days. The Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Service’s decision shall be final.
Request for Change in Teacher Consultant and Candidate Match
If a Candidate feels a mismatch is made resulting in a less productive relationship between the Teacher Consultant and the Candidate, it is the responsibility of the Candidate to first contact their Teacher Consultant to attempt to resolve the situation.
If the Candidate feels the attempt to resolve the situation with their Teacher Consultant is unsuccessful, the Candidate may request an intervention with the Program Coordinator. If a request for an intervention with the Program Coordinator is requested, the following procedure will be followed:
- The Candidate must submit a request in writing to the Program Coordinator. (Request for Reconsideration Form)
- The Program Coordinator will meet with the Candidate and Teacher Consultant to seek a resolution.
- If the parties involved feel attempts to resolve the situation have been unsuccessful, the Program Coordinator will present the concerns to the PPAP Governance Board.
- The PPAP Governance Board will review the information gathered and make a final decision on if a change in match should occur.
- The Program Coordinator will communicate the PPAP Governance Board’s decision to the parties involved. If it is recommended a change in match occur, the Program Coordinator will work with those involved to provide a smooth transition.
Poway Unified School District Induction Non-Discrimination Policy
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.