Important FAQ

What is Induction?

California Teaching Induction/BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment), is a program, co-sponsored by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) designed to support the professional development of newly-credentialed, beginning teachers and fulfill the requirements for the California Clear Multiple and Single Subjects Credentials.

Approved induction programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and must be designed to address specific standards.

California induction programs typically are designed to emphasize the practice and implementation of the California Standards for the Teaching Profession, standards for Pedagogy, and standards for Universal Access and Equity. Most induction programs, including Reach, emphasize mentoring and job-embedded professional development.

What makes the Reach BTSA Induction Program different from other programs?

Reach was one of the first teacher induction programs to be designed and implemented by working teachers and school leaders. The Reach BTSA Induction Program was specifically and uniquely adapted to the on-the-job training needs of working new teachers in small, innovative schools. We designed the Reach Induction program to be a program that emphasizes choice, personalization, and adaptation to your unique school and circumstances.

How do I qualify for the Reach BTSA Induction Program?

To be eligible for the Reach Induction Program, participating teachers must: 1) Possess a California Preliminary Credential 2) Be employed by a Reach Partner School and assigned to teach in your credential field. 3) Have access to a Reach-approved Induction coach.

What if I completed some of my BTSA induction through a program at my previous district/school?

Please contact Reach BTSA Induction Program Coordinator, at induction@reachinst.org for more information about transferring from another program.

How much does participation in the Reach BTSA Induction Program cost?

Reach recommends that schools pay the program costs for each teacher, making this program free to participating teachers. However, it is up to the school to determine the financial arrangement for the program costs.

Reach recommends that schools offer either release time or stipends or a combination of both for site based coaches who are full time teachers.
Induction Year 1
Teachers that hold a Preliminary Teaching Credential
Progress towards a Clear Teaching Credential
$2,000

Induction Year 2
Teachers that hold a Preliminary Teaching Credential
Earn a Clear Teaching Credential
$2,000
Induction Coach Training:

–  Instructional Coaching
–  Coaching for Equity
Site Based Coaches that are new to coaching in the Induction Program
Complete required training to serve as an induction coach
$1,000 per training*

Please contact contact Reach BTSA Induction Program Coordinator, at induction@reachinst.org for more information about guidance to schools on ratios for Site Based Coaches.

How do I qualify for Early Completion?

Some teachers may qualify for the Reach BTSA Induction Program’s Early Completion Option and can complete the program in one year.

Eligibility criteria include:

– Credential Requirements

– Teaching Experience

– Exceptional Teaching Skills

* All teachers that complete the two year Reach Intern Program are eligible for the BTSA Induction Early Completion Option.

Please contact Reach BTSA Induction Program Coordinator, at induction@reachinst.org for more information about Early Completion for BTSA Induction. Download ECO PDF.

Can I clear a Special Education Credential through Reach?

At this time, the Reach Induction Program only offers the opportunity to clear a General Education Credential for Multiple or Single Subject Credential holders. We do not have an induction program for Special Education.

Do I need to do Induction in my first year of teaching?

Yes. Within 30 days of beginning your teaching assignment, your school/district must enroll any teacher who holds a preliminary teaching credential into a state-approved teacher induction program.

What do I need to do to successfully complete the Reach Induction Program?

Teachers must successfully complete two Induction portfolios (fall and spring) which include CSTP Self-Assessments, an Individual Learning Plan (ILP), 2 Inquiry Project cycles per semester, a Mid-Year Reflection, and an End-of-Year Reflection. Goals for each participating teacher must be developed within the context of the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) within the first 60 days of the teacher’s enrollment in the program. The Teacher, Induction Coach and a school administrator (or designee) must participate in the ILP goal setting process.

How will I be matched with a coach?

The Reach Induction program and partner school will identify and assign a mentor to each participating teacher within the first 30 days of the participating teacher’s enrollment in the program, matching the mentor and participating teacher according to grade level and/or subject area, as appropriate to the participant’s employment.

Do I have to be a full-time teacher to participate in the Reach Induction Program?

You must be the teacher of record for at least one class in your credential area to participate in the Reach Induction Program.

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