Professional Staff Induction Program
In accordance with law, the district shall provide an induction program for the continuing professional development of teachers, special service providers, principals and administrators with initial licenses just entering the profession and new to the district. The district may partner with another educational entity or BOCES to provide an induction program.
The purpose of the induction program under the educator licensing law shall be to promote purposeful learning by inductees rather than learning about the district and teaching through trial and error. The goal of the district’s program is to enhance the job satisfaction of its educators by providing a collegial atmosphere for teaching and learning.
The induction program shall provide for supervision by mentors and ongoing professional development and training, including ethics and performance evaluations in accordance with the district’s performance evaluation system.
The district’s induction program shall include four major components:
- Orientation of newcomers to new professional roles
- Socialization and transition problems normally faced by newcomers to organizations
- Technical skill refinement and development including ethics
- Performance assessment
Through the induction program, inductees shall be provided information about Board of Education policies and regulations, local district goals, content standards, and educator roles and responsibilities.
A mentor shall be selected for each inductee to model the professionalism of the teaching staff employed by this district.
It is recognized that the content and experience needed by an inductee will vary, based on each individual’s previous experiences prior to receiving an initial license.
The district delivering the induction program or partnering educational entity shall establish criteria to evaluate an inductee who has successfully completed the program. Among the important criteria shall be completion of activities listed in the inductee’s professional growth plan, evidence in the inductee’s portfolio of meeting or exceeding the professional educator standards, satisfactory summative evaluation by the supervisor and recommendations by the mentor and supervisor.
The principal shall make a recommendation to the superintendent regarding the completion of the induction program. The superintendent shall be responsible for recommending the inductee to the state for a professional license.
Nothing in this policy nor in the induction program itself shall be construed to imply in any manner the establishment of any property rights or expectancy or entitlement to continued employment. A favorable recommendation that an inductee receive a professional teaching license at the conclusion of the induction program is a decision separate and distinct from any decision about continued employment in the district. All employment decisions remain within the sole and continuing discretion of the Board of Education.
District personnel shall establish a process to evaluate the district’s induction program so that it fits within the comprehensive district-wide professional growth plan for district personnel.
Revised: September 23, 2014
LEGAL REFS.: C.R.S. 22-60.5-102 (7)
C.R.S. 22-60.5-114 (2)
C.R.S. 22-60.5-201 (1)(c)(I)(B)
C.R.S. 22-60.5-204 (teachers)
C.R.S. 22-60.5-210 (1)(b)(I)(B)
C.R.S. 22-60.5-213 (special services providers)
C.R.S. 22-60.5-301 (1)(b)(I)(C)
C.R.S. 22-60.5-304 (principals)
C.R.S. 22-60.5-306 (1)(b)(I)(C)
C.R.S. 22-60.5-309 (administrators)
CROSS REF.: GCHA/GCHB, Mentor Teachers/Administrators
Huerfano School District Re-1, Walsenburg, Colorado