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PEAKS – New Teacher Induction

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WHAT IS PEAKS?

PEAKS is Canyon School District’s New Teacher Induction program. Canyons School District is dedicated to supporting our new teachers with highly trained mentors. Our mentors are chosen as teacher leaders and serve as both mentor and coach to new teachers in their first three years of teaching. Having a quality mentoring experience has been shown to increase retention rates and teacher skills, especially in the first two years of teaching (The New Teacher Center, 2006). Additionally, in a 2007 report, the New Teacher Center stated, “Comprehensive induction models that focus on improving classroom practice and offer opportunities for continuous professional growth are needed to develop more confident and more effective teachers.” (New Teacher Center Policy Brief, Fall 2007) CSD’s PEAKS program is designed to meet these goals.

WHAT ARE THE CSD NEW TEACHER EXPECTATIONS?

By the end of their third year, new teachers will implement the CSD RtI Framework and:

  • Demonstrate a belief that all children can achieve high standards of learning to be college and career ready
  • Use summative and formative assessments to inform daily instructional practice
  • Manage a learning environment that is organized and structured, including defined policy and procedures that support a caring and cooperative learning classroom
  • Demonstrate evidence-based instructional strategies that are differentiated to meet the needs of all learners
  • Demonstrate a commitment to improve one’s own professional practice, and act as a contributing member of a professional learning community

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PEAKS – New Teacher Induction Index

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YOUR CACTUS ID

Your CACTUS ID number can be found on your teaching license. If you need further assistance in obtaining your CACTUS ID number, please visit the CACTUS home page

HOW DO TEACHERS ADVANCE TO A LEVEL 2 LICENSE?

All new teachers must complete a series of requirements for Early Years Enhancement (EYE) through the Utah State Office of Education. Completion of these requirements leads to a Level two license.USOE New Teacher Expectations (EYE Requirements):General Education and Special Education Teachers*

  • Hold a Level 1 Utah Educator License
  • Complete a professional portfolio
  • Receive two successful professional evaluations (JPAS) per year for three years in a Utah public or accredited private school
  • Achieve a score of 160 or better on the Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching test at the appropriate level of educational preparation: Praxis II (0621), Praxis II (0622), Praxis II (0623), or Praxis II (0624)**
  • Work with a trained mentor for three years
  • Complete any additional district/school requirements
  • Receive a district/school recommendation for upgrade to Level 2
  • Achieve NCLB HQ status in at least one licensure area

*Additional information about EYE requirements for other professionals can be found here:http://www.schools.utah.gov/cert/New-Teacher-Entry-Years-Enhancement.aspx**All new teachers are required to contact the Human Resources Department prior to registering for a Praxis test.  This will ensure that new teachers register for the correct test.In addition, CSD new teachers should begin their careers by following the Utah Teaching Standards. A copy can be found here: http://www.schools.utah.gov/cert/Educator-Effectiveness-Project/Teaching-and-Leadership-Standards.aspx 

WHAT SHOULD THE EYE PORTFOLIO LOOK LIKE?

CSD’s new teacher portfolio consists mainly of the JPAS materials collected from each evaluation. The Feedback Report and Evidence of Planning and Professional Growth for each interview are included in the portfolio. The evidence includes student work, assessments and  collaboration results. In addition, teachers may include commendations, letters from parents and/or community members, or other special evidence of excellence. CSD EYE Portfolio

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WHO IS MY NEW TEACHER COACH?

In Canyons School District, we rely on coaches to assist our first, second and third year teachers in meeting the requirements to be eligible to upgrade from a Level 1 to a Level 2 license (mentoring). Elementary Achievement Coaches also work extensively with our new teachers by conferencing, modeling, observing and providing feedback to them as they increase their instructional and management skills (coaching). This provides our new teachers with a high level of support. However, coaching/mentoring happens on many levels. New teachers should also take advantage of the great resources on their grade level teams for specifics on content lessons, procedures, assessments, etc. as well as seeking out feedback from administrators and trusted colleagues.All secondary schools have at least one New Teacher Coach who is released from some of their teaching duties to provide the same coaching supports stated above.  New secondary teachers should also take advantage of the great resources on their department and grade level teams for specifics on content lessons, procedures, assessments, etc. as well as seeking out feedback from administrators and trusted colleagues. 

WHAT MAKES A HIGH QUALITY MENTOR/COACHING PROGRAM?

The New Teacher Center reports that the crucial elements of high-quality induction include:

  • A multi-year program, spanning at least the first two years of teaching
  • Sanctioned time for mentor/coach-new teacher interaction
  • Rigorous mentor selection criteria
  • Initial training and on-going professional and support for mentor/coaches
  • Pairing of new teachers and mentor/coaches in similar subject areas and grade levels
  • Documentation and evidence of new teacher growth

WHAT ARE THE ATTRIBUTES OF CSD NEW TEACHER COACHES?

A highly qualified NTC:

  • holds a current professional license, level two or higher
  • is recommended by his or her principal
  • shows evidence of continuous personal and professional development throughout his or her career
  • has demonstrated that he or she works collaboratively with their colleagues
  • has expertise in evidence-based practices, as demonstrated in meeting and/or exceeding state performance-based standards.

WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS OF NEW TEACHER COACHES?

  • Participate in the Mentor/Coaching Professional Development
  • Collaborate with Administrator to host a Getting-to-Know You Orientation
  • Host monthly meetings with their new teachers
  • Participate in district meetings
  • Submit completed paperwork/webwork on time
  • Implement CSD new teacher coaching curriculum with new teachers
  • Provide support and resources, including assistance with EYE requirements
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