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Overview of the Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project

Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project:

The Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project is composed of two programs in Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley to provide induction in Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and San Benito Counties. SC/SVNTP Induction assists and supports Participating Teachers through two years of induction as they enter the teaching profession in California and fulfill the requirements for a Clear Credential. Support is focused on strengthening Participating Teachers' classroom practice, ensuring student academic success, and developing reflective teachers who are responsive to the diverse cultural, social, academic, and linguistic backgrounds of all students.

Santa Cruz:

The Santa Cruz program in the SC/SVNTP works in partnership with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, and all districts in Santa Cruz County. The Santa Cruz program is designed to support the development of new teachers through mentoring by exemplary teachers from districts within the consortium. The SC/SVNTP(Santa Cruz) extends to Aromas/San Juan School District and Hollister. The SC/SVNTP(Santa Cruz) hires Mentors centrally.

The SC/SVNTP(Santa Cruz) office is located at the:
Santa Cruz County Office of Education
400 Encinal Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 466-5840 mroberts@santacruzcoe.org

Silicon Valley:

The Silicon Valley program in the SC/SVNTP works in partnership with the Santa Clara COE, and the SC/SVNTP(Santa Cruz). The Silicon Valley program implements an Induction program for teachers in districts across Silicon Valley, with Mentors hired by their districts.

History

Santa Cruz New Teacher Project:

The Santa Cruz New Teacher Project was initially established in 1988 by Ellen Moir, then Director of Teacher Education at UCSC, in collaboration with Wendy Baron, Supervisor of Teacher Education at UCSC, and supported by the Chair of the UCSC Teacher Education Program, Eugene Garcia. In 1988, the Santa Cruz New Teacher Project was among the first 15 California New Teacher Project pilot programs funded by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). In 1993, the legislature approved funding for new teacher support and created legislation for Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA). The Santa Cruz New Teacher Project became one of California's initial projects jointly administered by the CDE and CTC.

The New Teacher Center (NTC):

The NTC was established in 1998 with support from the Walter S. Johnson and Noyce Foundations. The NTC researches the work of Mentoring and publishes reports about its impact on student achievement, teacher quality and retention. The NTC designs and disseminates trainings for Mentors of beginning teachers throughout California and the nation. The NTC has developed a New Administrator Program that is parallel in scope to the Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project.

Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project:

The Silicon Valley New Teacher Project was established in 2000, joining with the Santa Cruz New Teacher Project to become the Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project, and extending the NTP Induction model to over 15 districts in Santa Clara County.

BTSA Induction

In 2002, the SC/SVNTP became an approved SB 2042 BTSA Induction Program. Eligible Participating Teachers clear their credentials by completing the SC/SVNTP's induction program comprised of 1:1 weekly Mentoring, formative assessment processes, and professional development opportunities. The SC/SVNTP BTSA Induction program was reviewed by state agencies in 2007 and successfully met all Induction Standards. Commendations included:

  1. The program's ability to effectively integrate multiple components in a manner that allows for choice around focused work designed to meet the individualized needs of Participating Teachers
  2. The quality of professional development provided to all stakeholders that incorporates a research-based seminar design, and is responsive to the development of habits of mind
  3. The fostering of a group of leaders across a large geographic area who are affecting positive educational reform resulting in powerful learning communities, effective communication, and aligned collaborative partnerships

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