Frequently Asked Questions About the SMMUSD Teacher Induction Program

  • Q: What if the Candidate/Mentor relationship is not the best match?
    A: We do know this happens from time to time and we do our best to support your working relationship with your Mentor. This can happen via triad meetings (you, your mentor and a BTSA coordinator) as well as regular training on facilitation and coaching skills. In instances where the coaching relationship is not supporting the professional growth of the candidate, we will reassign the candidate to a new mentor.

    Q: How do I communicate questions, concerns, and/or work completion?
    A: Candidates are encouraged to communicate regularly with their mentor who will bring concerns and questions to program leadership. For questions related to the program overall or to your credential, please refer to the SMMUSD Teacher Induction Organizational Chart for the appropriate person to direct your question or concern to.

    Q: I know the program is a two-year journey, what happens if:
    a) I complete year one of induction but leave the district before year two has been completed?

    A: Completion of the Induction program is not tied to employment. The district will provide you with a document that demonstrates you have completed one year of the program. This document is transferrable and accepted by all CTC Commission approved induction programs.

    b) I complete year one of the induction program, but the district decides to stop providing the program?
    A: Once a candidate is enrolled in the district Teacher Induction Program, the district will continue to provide direct support to the candidate until the candidate completes, is dropped from, or transfers out of the program. Should the program close, the district will initiate a teach out plan to ensure the candidate can continue the program as designed until completion. The district will continue to provide the supports outlined in the Candidate Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The candidate progress will be monitored by a designated Advisory Board member, who will be responsible for scheduling completion exercises outlined in the program requirements such as the exit interview and review of evidence.

    Q: Where are candidate records kept and how can I access them?
    A: Candidate records relating to completion of program requirements (ie. Completion letter or salary credit letter) and credentials are kept within the employees personnel file forever in accordance with the district records retention policy. Candidate records which include documentation of work related to the candidate's ILP or other program activities, will be kept in a locked cabinet in the program office for a minimum of seven years. Candidates can access records by contacting Human Resources or the Program Coordinators (see SMMUSD Teacher Induction Organizational Chart for contact info).