The Eaton RE-2 School District is committed to excellence in education through quality instruction for students and quality support for teachers. To that end, we have designed an Induction Program for our teachers.
Induction is a Eaton School District program mandated by the state of Colorado which is required of all educators with an Initial (provisional) License, including teachers, special service providers, and administrators. Completion of an approved induction program allows provisionally licensed educators to move to a professional license.
Goals of the Induction Program:
Assist the provisional educator and veteran teachers new to the district in:
Timelines: The district induction process is designed for one year, but may be extended based upon individual needs. In no case shall the process exceed three years.
Key Components of Induction Program:
All teachers new to the district must complete the orientation and technology seminars.
District Professional Development Seminars:
Provisional License: Teachers with a provisional license must complete all instructional seminars or substitute with an equivalent course approved by the Director of Curriculum and Assessment.
Professional License: Teachers with a professional license are not required to attend additional seminars however their principal may require a certain seminar based on their teaching assignment and experience.
Mentoring & Observation:
Building principals will assign a building mentor/coach to all new staff. Mentors provide teachers and special service providers with support throughout the year. Newly-licensed staff will be assigned a building mentor and veterans new to the district will have a coach. Mentors are required to meet weekly with the new hire which is logged by the inductee and turned in at the completion of the program. Coaches meet with veterans new to the district to develop an individualized induction plan based on each teacher’s needs.
Observation and feedback is key to the professional development of the new teacher. Newly – licensed inductees will be observed by their mentor and the director of curriculum and assessment at least once during the year. In addition, the inductee should observe their mentor or another teacher at least once as well.
Cohort Group: All teachers with a provisional license are
required to attend monthly “coffee talk’ meetings as designated on the
calendar. These informal meetings provide opportunity for peer support,
networking, and question/answer time to support teachers new to the profession.
Topics covered include but are not limited to, teaching as a profession,
understanding generation gaps, stages of teaching, and wellness. In addition,
teachers will have the opportunity to interact as an online learning community
through blogs and podcasts.
Inductees are also expected to reflect on their personal growth. All staff with a provisional license will complete a culminating presentation that demonstrates their “Teacher Tool Box”; a visual representation of the knowledge and skills they gained through the induction process. Other requirements for reflection include a needs assessment, a mid-year survey, and a one or two page double-spaced personal reflection at the end of the year.
Click Here to Access Induction Files in Google Docs