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Induction Program

Program Overview

In 1998, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing  sponsored, and the Governor signed, legislation that restructured teacher credentialing in California. Following passage of SB 2042 (Alpert/Mazzoni, Ch. 548, Statutes of 1998), the architecture of Learning to Teach  in California was re-designed to include a new requirement that teachers complete a two-year induction program of support and assessment during the first two years of teaching in order to earn a California Clear Teaching Credential. 

The LBUSD Induction program prepares educators for California public schools and the effective implementation of the California’s adopted standards and curricular frameworks.  Candidates will gain knowledge and skills in teaching and learning through job-embedded experiences, professional development opportunities, additional learning opportunities (peer teacher observations and professional learning communities based on content, grade levels or research topics), and reflection. Induction candidates will only be recommended for the Clear Credential after they have met all requirements and made progress in meeting competency and performance expectations using a clearly defined process.

The participating teachers in the LBUSD program are assigned to an Induction Coach, along with a cohort of fellow Participating Teachers, who are in the same phase of Induction. This collaborative support model is facilitated much like a small learning community with regular group meetings and monthly online discussion threads dedicated to improving teaching practice and student performance levels. 

The Induction Coach is a district teacher on special assignment (TOSA) who has been released full-time to support beginning teachers.  The Induction Coach provides support and guidance in the beginning teacher’s classroom on a regular basis by conducting or facilitating demonstration lessons as needed, sharing best practices in teaching and learning, conferencing, and offering feedback in a job-embedded setting.  Participating Teachers complete three cycles of inquiry (based on self-selected topics aligned with the Individual Learning Plan) with a general focus in each of the following areas: pedagogy, teaching English learners, and special populations. Individual Learning Plans (ILP) are created by the participant/candidate in collaboration with their Induction Coach to include a variety of professional development opportunities to show growth towards self-selected professional goals in regards to the California Standards for the Teaching Profession.


Journey Graphic Calendar

Year One Journey Graphic 2017

Year Two Journey Graphic 2017


Enrollment Information and Application

  1. A new cohort begins each fall. However, as a contracted teacher with LBUSD, we encourage you to apply immediately.
  2. Download the application and return it to the BTSA office at your earliest convenience via email or inter-district mail.
  3. BTSA Program Staff will then contact you to begin support while waiting for a new cohort to begin.