Each Induction Program must be designed to provide a two-year, individualized, job-embedded system of mentoring, support and professional learning that that begins in the teacher’s first year of teaching.
Burbank Unified School District provides a two-year, individualized, job-embedded program to all newly employed teachers possessing a preliminary General Education or Education Specialist credential. Upon hire, the district's credential analysts informs teachers of their responsibility within 30 days to enroll in the Induction program to receive mentoring and support in the first year of teaching. Eligible candidates receive program enrollment documents including program roles and responsibilities and candidate agreement form. These documents solidify the candidate’s agreement to participate, and understanding of the state requirements of the two-year Induction program.
Once enrolled, credential candidates must demonstrate growth toward mastery and competency in California Standards for the Teaching Profession. The vehicle by which this competency is demonstrated and assessed is the Individualized learning Plan, a teacher-driven inquiry plan that allows the teacher to choose areas of focus, create a plan of action, attend two self-reflected professional learning workshops (PDs) per semester which align with their inquiry, gather impact data and refelct on outcomes. Guiding this process are the new teacher's mentor and induction program coordinators. As part of induction, the new teachers are expected to observe effective colleagues in the district as well as be observed by their mentor. Two capstone activities are required at the culmination of each year: an essay at the end of year one and an exit interview at the end of year two.