The Palo Alto Unified School District Beginning Teacher Induction Consortium (formerly known as Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment – BTSA) is a program accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, offering a two-year comprehensive professional support designed to enhance teacher competence and enable participating teachers to receive a California Professional Clear Credential. The Consortium extends services to beginning teachers employed in the Palo Alto Unified School District as well as Mountain View-Los Altos and Los Gatos-Saratoga High School Districts.
Every participating teacher is matched with an experienced mentor who provides individualized regular support and assistance. The over-arching goal of the New Teacher Induction Program is to prepare teachers to address the academic and social needs of all students. This involves preparing Participating Teachers with strategies for working with different student populations together with instructional practices for differentiating instruction to meet the varied needs of all groups within the classroom. The program is designed to assist all teachers in meeting each of the California Standards for the Teaching Profession.
Please visit the New Induction site, which includes detailed information about the program.
During the two-year program, the Participating Teacher and Mentor meet an average of one hour per week and work through a formative assessment process leading to the development of reflective practice. Each formative cycle includes observations, conferencing, individualized learning plans and professional growth goals, and analyzing student work.