Frequently Asked Questions

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 Subject, Single Subject, and Education Specialist credentials. Participants focus on their own goals developed within an Individual Learning Plan.

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

To be eligible to participate in 2018-2019 Induction, you must meet all of the following requirements:

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 contract for the 2018-2019 school year.

      4. You are in a certificated part-time or full-time teacher position for the 2018-2019 school year no later than September 30, 2018.

      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. Check your status at the CTC.

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

The fee for Early Completion Option induction is $3,250 for the one year program. Payments can be made monthly or bi-monthly.

*Tuition fees are subject to change.

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

Participating Teachers create an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) with the guidance of their Mentors. The ILP includes teacher goals, self-assessment based on the CSTPs, inquiry, observation, and application to teaching practice.

Each semester culminates with reflective analysis and a portfolio. Year 2 PTs complete a formal exit presentation (May Colloquium) in which they explain their growth within the California Standards for the Teaching Profession.

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

  • Orientation (October)
  • Weekly calls or meetings with Mentor (date, time, location determined by PT and Mentor)
  • Advice & Assistance meetings (online -- 3 per year)
  • Colloquium (May)

2018-2019 Program 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 process, program standards, and an overview of creating an Individual Learning Plan and Inquiry Action Plan based on growth goals within the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP). We will teach you how to use the Google Classroom for your coursework.

Mentors also focus on coaching conversations and ways to facilitate the mentoring process.

The Triad Meeting includes site administrators in the induction process with Participating Teachers and Mentors. During this twice yearly meeting, Participating Teachers discusses their learning plan, goals, and professional development with induction. The Mentor 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 Mentors.

A Mentor 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 about "just in time" needs, curriculum, classroom management, teaching strategies, and other aspects of the profession.

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

Yes, mentors receive $1,800 for completion of their support duties at the end of the program year.

This stipend is paid through the mentor's regular payroll, and a District/School Agreement must be signed by a District or School representative.

Yes, we encourage you to work with a trusted colleague. Mentors must meet program requirements and commit to meeting with you on a weekly 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.

Courses for participating teachers and mentors are available

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 2018-2019 program calendar is located here.

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