Induction is a two year formative assessment program to develop new teachers into lifelong reflective practitioners. This research-based program focuses on the premise of PLAN, TEACH, REFLECT, APPLY, with teachers examining their own classroom practice for the goal of student academic success.

SIATech Induction fulfills professional growth requirements for the California Clear Multiple Subjects, Single Subject, and Education Specialist credentials. We use a Formative Assessment System (FAS) created by the New Teacher Center.

Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) was linked to a block grant from the state of California that it no longer provides to districts. The funds currently received from the grant have been folded into Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The acronym BTSA has now been placed with the broader term, Induction.

  • Preliminary Multiple Subject
  • Preliminary Single Subject
  • Preliminary Education Specialist
  • Level 1 Education Specialist in Mild/Moderate
  • Level 1 Education Specialist in Moderate/Severe
  • Level 1 Education Specialist in Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing
  • Level 1 Education Specialist in Early Childhood

1. You currently hold any of these credentials:

  • Preliminary Multiple Subject
  • Preliminary Single Subject
  • Preliminary Education Specialist
    • 2. You are an employee of SIATech, Inc. or a California school district that does not have an Induction program.

      3. You possess a leave replacement or permanent contract for the school year.

      4. You are in a certificated teacher position for the school year.

      5. Your teaching position requires at least one of the credentials you have cleared or would like to clear.

      6. One of the renewal requirements for your credential states that you must complete the Induction program.

The fee for induction is $2,250 per year for participating teachers. Payments can be made monthly, bi-monthly or in semester installments.*

*Tuition fees are subject to change.

Please contact to verify availability in the participating teacher cohort..

SIATech Induction has three components: Understanding Context (students, school, community); Setting & Reflecting on Professional Goals (California Standards for the Teaching Profession elements and site/classroom needs); Examining Practice (professional development and job-embedded inquiry).

Participating Teachers create an Individual Learning Plan and Individual Action Plan (Inquiry) with the guidance of their Mentor Support Providers. Each week, they discuss their inquiry strategies and determine a course of action for student achievement.

Each semester culminates with reflective analysis and a portfolio. Year 2 PTs complete a digital presentation (January) and a group presentation (May Colloquium).

Participating Teachers (PTs) are required to attend the following:

  • Orientation (October)
  • Weekly calls or meetings with Mentor Support Provider (MSP) (date, time, location determined by PT and MSP)
  • Monthly Professional Development workshops (online)
  • Colloquium (May)

SIATech Induction Calendar

To effectively complete your induction program and clear your teaching credential, you must have a dedicated level of commitment and participation for both your weekly Mentor conversations and coursework. The program is designed to provide a solid foundation for your classroom experience, following California Teaching Standards, and to guide you into becoming a lifelong learner.

With the SIATech Induction online program, you can work on the assignments at your convenience and from the comfort of your home.

Orientation covers the Formative Assessment System (FAS), program standards, and an overview of creating an Individual Learning Plan and Inquiry Action Plan. We will also teach you how to use the Google Classroom for your coursework.

The Triad Meeting includes site administrators in the induction process with Participating Teachers and Mentor Support Providers. During this twice yearly meeting, the Participating Teacher discusses his/her learning plan, goals, and professional development with induction. The Mentor Support Provider is there to facilitate the conversation and to address any program questions the administrator may have. This meeting fosters dialogue between new teachers and administrators and is not intended to be a performance review.

The Colloquium is a celebratory presentation day for induction participants. At this culminating event, Year 1 PTs give informal talks about their inquiry work, and Year 2 PTs present their findings to the entire cohort, program leaders, and district administrators. This event is mandatory for Participating Teachers and Mentor Support Providers.

A Mentor Support Provider (MSP) is a coach and support for new teachers. They guide the Participating Teachers (PTs) through the Induction process and work alongside them to navigate the teaching professions. Mentors meet with or talk with their PT each week.

Research has shown myriad benefits of new teachers working with mentors, including higher retention rates.

Yes, after review of your application, you will be provided a Finance form to facilitate your mentor stipend ($1,800/year) payment through your district or school.

Yes, we encourage you to work with a trusted colleague. Mentor Support Providers must meet program requirements and commit to meeting with you on a regular basis.

SIATech Induction partners with local universities to provide continuing education units (CEUs) for each year’s coursework. Registration requirements, number of units, and fees vary by site. Be sure to check with your school or district to verify that the CEUs will be accepted.

You need to have access to a computer that can run Google Apps for Education. SIATech Induction uses Google Classroom for its courses. In addition, you need a valid email address that you check regularly.

Participating teachers and mentors use Google Drive, Docs, Slides, Forms, and chat for induction assignments and professional learning to increase capacity for 21st century classrooms. Tutorials are provided to assist with all skill levels.

Determine Eligibility to Participate and complete the Interest Form.

The 2016-17 program calendar is located here.

Please contact Sheryl Armstrong at with any additional questions you may have. CALL: (760) 594-4241