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Beginning Teacher Induction Program



The SMMUSD Beginning Teacher Inducation Program is a state-approved 2042 Inducation Program for eligible teachers holding Preliminary Multiple, Single Subject or Education Specialist Credentials who need to complete teacher induction for their Professional Clear Credential.


Our induction program is aimed at nurturing and guiding newly credentialed teachers through their first few years of teaching. We assume that no matter our experience and strengths, we all want to continue improving our teaching and student performance over time. Based on nearly three decades of research, the Induction program is organized around experiences teachers work on to improve their own practice and student performance. The induction program uses a series of on-going inquiries and observations that provide opportunities for continual self-assessment and feedback. It provides a chance for self-analysis and growth, a good habit to continue to work on throughout a teaching career.

We use FACT (Formative Assessment for California Teachers) as our “curriculum”. It is a series of on-going inquiries and observations that provide opportunities for continual self-assessment and feedback. It is not summative, nor is it a form of external evaluation. Instead, it provides a chance for self-analysis and growth, a good habit to continue to work on throughout a teaching career.

FACT stresses the following:





Candidates requirements include:





What does SMMUSD's program offer?



1) District Salary Units: This year, if you fully participate in our program, you can earn 3 salary units. If you attend (5) optional professional development workshops, you can earn (1) unit. This is a total of 4 units each year of the program. Once you move over one salary group, this can translate into thousands of dollars in salary over time.

2) If you hold an out-of-state credential and qualify, out-of-state credentials can be cleared for free instead of paying for university coursework. If you hold a pre-liminary credential, we provide the opportunities needed to clear your credential. At the successful completion of the 2 year program, we will recommend you to the CTC for a clear credential.

3) One-on-one support and peer network opportunities.

4) Orientation to district and site priorities which are aligned with the Induction Program work. The process is an excellent precursor for National Board Certification which is also based on a formative assessment system. The Induction program’s emphasis is on California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP) prepares teachers for the principal’s formal evaluation system that is currently being revised to be based on these professional standards.

5) Release time/sub days provided by substitutes or support providers to allow for observations of other teachers and other professional development activities.

6) Resources each year of BTSA in order to implement an individual goal (Individual Induction Plan/IIP).

7) Working conditions advocacy: Our program leadership teams communicate with and meet with each site administrator several times each year to further improve each the participant’s working conditions. We work on creating optimal conditions such as limiting additional duties.

8) Provide reflective opportunities to build your teaching practices which will benefit you and your students.





BTSA Co-Coordinators
Lila Daruty ldaruty@smmusd.org  and  Tristen Gartrell tgartrell@smmusd.org
(310) 450-8338 ext. 70346







Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
1651 16th Street
Santa Monica, California 90404
310-450-8338