Induction is a professional development program designed to support newly-credentialed beginning teachers. The High Tech High (HTH) Induction program incorporates improvement science and collegial coaching aligned with the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP). Our program allows participants to select into Improvement Science groups based on their area of interest or growth. We encourage our participants to think deeply about their pedagogical practice(s) and hone new strategies that will enhance their teaching skills. Upon completion, teachers earn their California Clear Credential through advanced study of teaching practice. Overview of the year.
- Two-year program
- Cycle through various stages of Improvement Research
- Mentoring Support
- Monthly meetings
What is Improvement Science?
- Improvement Science is explicitly designed to accelerate learning-by-doing.
- It’s a more user-centered and problem-centered approach to improving teaching and learning (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching).
- Improvement research is a focused learning journey.
- The overall goal is to develop the necessary know-how for a reform idea ultimately to spread faster and more effectively.
- Since improvement research is an iterative process often extending over considerable periods of time, it is also referred to as continuous improvement.
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To be eligible to enroll in the HTH Induction Program, an applicant must meet all eligibility criteria listed below.
- Employed or offered employment as the teacher of record, 50% or more time, in a K-12 public school environment within San Diego County. If employed at a school outside of HTH Charter, then HTH credentialing will seek to establish a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining roles and responsibilities for Induction support.
- Hold a CA Preliminary Teaching Credential(s) in one or more of the following areas: Single Subject, Multiple Subjects, Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Disabilities.
If you meet the eligibility criteria listed above, then you may download and complete the form(s) below – then upload completed forms with your application. Enrollment window: February – September.
- To verify employment: Employment Verification Form Induction
- To apply for Early Completion Option (ECO) status: Early Completion Option Application
- Early Completion Option (ECO) is an OPTIONAL route that allows experienced teachers to complete Induction in one-year based on 2+ years of full-time successful teaching experience.
- ECO applications will be reviewed and granted to teachers that meet these criteria:
- 2+ years of full-time teaching experience with positive evaluations (excludes student teaching and substitute teaching); OR
- Completion of the HTH District Intern Program.
- To Enroll in Induction, click here.
- Valid California Teaching Credential with English Learner (EL) Authorization or CLAD certificate.
- Three + years of successful teaching experience
- Recommendation from School Director/Principal
- Ability to communicate effectively, model appropriate teaching strategies, and collaborate with colleagues.
- Same school site and/or same subject area (preferred)
To order a transcript of your Induction program completion, please complete the Transcript Request Form. Note: The units offered through the Induction program lead to teacher licensure and are not equivalent to graduate-level units unless you opt to purchase units (see below).
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to work at HTH to do your Induction Program?
A: No, enrollment is open to any employed K-12 teachers within San Diego County who meet the eligibility criteria.
Q: Can I clear my credential with your program if I am not a High Tech High Teacher?
A: Yes- teachers who hold an SB2042 Preliminary credential who are working as a teacher in an assignment that matches their credential, and live within San Diego County, are welcome to participate in our program.
Q: I have completed year 1 in a different program, will that count for your program?
A: Yes- request a verification document from your former Induction program that outlines your work in their program.
Q: What if I am paying the fee?
A: The cost of our Induction program is $1,000/per year (see payment options above).
Q: What time commitment is required outside of work? (I work from 8:00 to 4:00 PM, and would like to avoid missing work if possible).
A: Attend 8 online meetings throughout the school year (September – May) from 4:45 – 6:45 pm. You will also meet weekly with your Mentor, participate in observations and complete all required activities.
Q: Do I have to have a mentor?
Q: My credential is about to expire this year. Who can help me with an extension?
A: Enrolled candidates can contact our credential analyst for assistance in applying for a two-year extension.
Q: I hold two credentials: Single Subject-Math and Multiple Subjects. Can I clear both credentials in your Induction program?
A: Yes, dual credential holders can clear both credentials as long as you have access to teaching students in each of those content areas. An individual learning plan will be established to outline specifics.
Q: Do I have to be employed as a teacher?
A: Yes- to enroll in Induction you must be employed as the teacher of record, at least 50% time, in an appropriate setting. Long term substitutes, Academic Coaches or Instructional Aides are not eligible to enroll.
Teachers enrolled in the High Tech High Induction program participate in the ideation and creation of a “change idea.” The change idea is an evidence-based set of changes that are critical to the improvement of an issue the teacher identifies. Teachers record and curate these ideas through Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles in service of their learning and the ultimate creation of their “Change Package” shown below.