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Educational Services Division
The Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project Induction Program
The Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project (SC/SVNTP) is a collaborative effort between the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and approximately thirty-one school districts and five charter schools in Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and San Benito counties.
SC/SVNTP goals are to:
Mentoring By the Numbers
Key Elements of Participating Teacher Support
1. New Teacher Project Mentor (Advisor, Support Provider)
Participating Teachers have weekly on-site contact during and after school hours with a Mentor, who is an exemplary veteran teacher released full-time specifically to support a small group of teachers. Mentors observe and coach Participating Teachers during their first two years in the classroom, offer emotional support, assist with short and long-term planning, design classroom management strategies, teach demonstration lessons, provide curriculum resources, facilitate communication with the site administrator and parents, and provide assistance in regards to requirements for earning a Professional Clear Credential. Release time can be arranged by the Mentors to provide time for Participating Teachers to observe veteran teachers. Mentors maintain confidentiality and do not share any evaluative information with department chairs or site administrators.
2. Formative Assessment System
Participating Teachers and Mentors collaboratively assess teaching practice in relation to the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP). Professional goals, analyses of student work, observations, lesson plans and weekly Collaborative Assessment Logs guide professional development and support activities. Together, the Mentor and Participating Teacher complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
3. Professional Development for Participating Teachers
Based upon the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP), professional development is designed to: