• Mentor Matters for October 2020

    Posted by Sean McCarthy on 10/16/2020

    Happy Friday! 

    Here is your Mentor Matters e-news to keep you better informed about MVUSD Induction program news and events. 

     

    Meet the New ILP 

    We have updated and streamlined our Individual Learning Plan (ILP) in response to feedback from mentors and candidates in order to make the induction experience both more relevant and easier to navigate. We made these changes based on feedback we were receiving on our mid- and end-of-year surveys. 

     

    The ILP serves as a “roadmap” for candidates as they develop professional goals and develop inquiries that help them with long-term analysis of their teaching practice. It is grounded in the California Standards for the Teaching Profession, and is designed to help candidates develop growth toward mastery of the standards while fostering reflective practice and an understanding of how to use inquiry for lifelong learning.  

     

    The ILP is comprised of four stages, including goal setting, two mini-inquiries, an action research project, and a final reflection. Candidates have the opportunity to observe peers during their work on their ILP, and they are also observed by their mentors, both via video and onsite, on multiple occasions as they implement new strategies throughout the inquiry processCandidates complete an ILP during each year of their induction participation.  

     

    Click HERE to see our new ILP document.  

     

    Accreditation Update 

    The Murrieta Valley Induction Program (MVIP) takes part in the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing's 7-year accreditation cycle. We are currently in year five of the cycle, which means our site visit will take place next fall. In preparation for this visit, we recently submitted our programs Preconditions document, which was approved by the Committee on Accreditation (COA) in August. This week, we submitted an in-depth Program Review, which will be reviewed by the COA in the coming weeks. Our leadership team will be updating and submitting our Common Standards document in February as a final step in preparation for the visit. We will continue to update you as all of our stakeholders will be involved (e.g. participating in interviews and other evidence gathering activities) as part of the COA’s accreditation process. 

     

    Save the Date—Colloquium Scheduled for May 19, 2021 

    We will host this year’s Year 2 Candidate Colloquium on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. All mentors, candidates, and site administrators with year 2 candidates are asked to attend this event where we recognize and celebrate efforts of our induction program graduates. Colloquium always proves to be an inspirational experience as candidates share the creative ways they advanced teaching and learning in their classrooms with support of their mentors. It is too early to say whether we will host our traditional onsite event or go virtual again as we did last year—either way, we look forward to seeing you there! 

     

    Workshop Opportunities 

    We have the following trainings coming up over the next few weeks: 

    Understanding Culturally Responsive Pedagogy 10/29/203-5pm 

    Exploring Universal Design for Learning 11/5/203-5pm  

     

    We also have several online trainings and training resources that can be accessed at any time. To register for these or any training opportunities, teachers can access the Canvas MVUSD Professional Development Course HERE. 

     

    Support Stats 

    As you may have heard, our program is bigger than expected this year! Here are the numbers: 

    Assigned Mentors: 44 

    Year 1 Induction Candidates: 17 

    Year 2 Induction Candidates: 30 

    Intern Candidates (Including STSP & PIP): 10 

    TPSL (Long-Term Subs): 3 

    Thank you for your support—enjoy the weekend! 

     

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  • Mentoring Matters for February 2020

    Posted by Sean McCarthy on 2/13/2020

    Happy Thursday—Enjoy the Long Weekend 

     

    Induction Progress Reports 

    Please be on the lookout for Induction Program Progress Reports, which will be emailed to you from Erica Franklin in the coming weeks. These reports are designed to keep you informed about candidate participation only—there will be no information shared about teaching performance. They will include an update on: 

    • Individual Learning Plans 
    • Fall Mini-Inquiry Completion 
    • Collaboration Hours 
    • Attendance 

    These are designed to help assure you that your new teachers are on track to complete credential requirements, and are part of our Induction Standards that keep us partnered with you in the induction process. 

     

    Spring Professional Development 

    We typically share our workshop opportunities as part of our monthly newsletter, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, we will not be offering our planned modules this semester. However, Sue and Sean are available to come to sites to offer any of the previously planned topics during your staff development sessions or to grade level teams/departments during PLCs upon request. For example, we have been out to sites to offer everything from Thinking Maps to Universal Design for Learning.  We can also provide topics such as Teach Like a Champion, Creating Effective Learning Environments/Managing Behaviors, Engaging Families, Mindfulness, and much more. Contact Sean or Sue to discuss possible training options and check on availability. 

     

    Induction Data 

    We recently conducted our Mid-Year Candidate Survey and are vey pleased with the results. Based on the feedback, it’s clear that despite the size of our program, candidates are feeling very well supported by their mentorsOur focus on ensuring mentors and candidates are meeting collaboration hour targets is clearly having an impact, as is our training on cognitive coaching and supporting the inquiry process.  

     

    One area that we will need to continue to work on is mentor-candidate match ups by site as well as by subject-area and grade level. As we shared during our site visits, this will require us to continue to recruit new mentors to increase availability at sites so that we can better match new candidates. We had too many cases where lack of mentor availability meant matching candidates to mentors from other sites and outside of their subject area or grade level. While feedback was typically still positive in terms of the quality of the mentoring such candidates received, they frequently expressed a desire to have an onsite mentor at their grade level or subject area who could provide more subject-/content-specific support. 

     

    Below are some highlights from the survey results: 

     survey 1

    "MVUSD and the Induction program do an amazing job of supporting teachers.  I have never seen so many resources available in such a wide variety." 

     

    "After completing an Induction Program outside of this district (through Riverside County), I was very impressed at how everything is put together here. It wasn't the "busy work" I had experienced previously. It has been meaningful, purposeful and relevant to my current assignment." 

     survey 2

    "The mini-inquiries are perfect because they allow me to see how I teach on camera and I receive immediate feedback from my mentor to improve right away." 

     

    "I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my small group instruction, but after collaborating with my mentor, watching videos, observing colleagues, and going to trainings, I have tried a lot of different methods in my small group instruction. It has been very insightful." 

     survey 3

    "My mentor is truly a gift. Getting to share my struggles and receive advice for relevant issues is amazing." 

     

    "Having an induction mentor that I'm fortunate enough to work so closely with has been the best part of the services and support that I have received. She has always been there for me and I feel so grateful to have her expertise, support and simply just a person to talk to at times." 

     

    "There are too many benefits to list them all here (guidance, support, etc.). If I had to pick the most important for me, it would simply be just having someone there for me. Last year, in my previous school, I felt like I was on an island. I don't feel that way here." 

     

    Support Stats 

    As you may have noticed, our program has grown! Here are the current numbers: 

    Mentors: 71 

    Year 1 Induction Candidates: 33 

    Year 2 Induction Candidates: 27 

    New Hire Candidates: 47 

    Intern Candidates (Including STSP & PIP): 17 

    TPSL (Long-Term Subs): 8 

     

    Thank you for your support—enjoy the weekend 

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  • Mentoring Matters for November 2019

    Posted by Sean McCarthy on 11/15/2019

    Happy Friday!  

    Site Visits 

    Sue and I are wrapping up our visits to each of the sites. It has been great meeting with each principal to hear how your new teachers are doing and learn how we can better serve them through our mentoring and professional development efforts. We know how busy school leaders are, so we not only appreciate the time principals take to work with us in the endeavor, but we are always amazed by how attuned they are to the needs of new staff. It greatly enhances our ability to customize support. 

    Got Behaviors? 

    Grappling with challenging behaviors seems to be the issues of the day, for new and veteran teachers alike. Our Teach Like a Champion and Creating Effective Learning Environments trainings addressed many of the issues that teachers are struggling with, but unfortunately, many teachers did not have an opportunity to attend these when they were offered this past summer and earlier this fall. While we will be offering them again in the spring, and making them available as an online training opportunity soon, we know many teachers want help sooner--and that you may also hoping to have options for your staff to explore during the January Professional Development breakout sessions. To this end, we are working to develop a menu of online resources that will be accessible for teams to explore under the theme “Managing Challenging Behaviors.” We will share how you and your teachers can access these once they are available so that they can be investigated during the breakout sessions in January.  

    Managing Professional Responsibilities 

    As you may have heard, we have been offering a series of professional development opportunities for staff members geared toward California Standard for the Teaching Profession 6.6: Managing Professional Responsibilities to Maintain Motivation and Commitment to All Students. In the induction world, this standard focuses on maintaining energy and resiliency so that teachers can continue to meet the needs of their students. Supporting the physical and mental health of staff members is essential to meeting this objective.  Our well-being series focuses on some key areas that can help staff members maintain balance and keep regulated in the face of the many stressors encountered in the world of education. Topics include mindfulness, email and task management, and effective communication—all geared toward supporting stress reduction and emotional well-being (see the workshop opportunities below for specific information).  

    I am often asked by administrators if they can join in on any of these sessions—and the answer, of course, is yes! In fact, administrators also have a standard related to their mental and physical health: CSPEL 5A-5: Sustain personal motivation, commitment, energy and health by balancing personal and professional responsibilities. Please consider using the registration links to join in on these or any other trainings you might be interested in—and note that if you are unable to come to any of the sessions coming up next month, we will be offering them again next semester! 

    Workshop Opportunities 

    We have the following trainings coming up over the next month: 

     

    Teaching for Depth Using the 5 Practice with Word Problems11/20/19, 4-6pm  

     

    Stress Free Email and Task Management, 11/21/19, 4-6pm 

     

    Advanced Mindfulness12/5/19, 4-6pm  

     

    Thinking Maps Frame of Reference Webinar12/12/19, 4-5pm  

     

    Fractions for Understanding, 12/18/19, 4-6pm 

     

    We also have several online trainings that can be taken at any time. To register for these or any training opportunities, teachers can access our Professional Learning Hub HERE. 

    Support Stats 

    As you may have noticed, our program has grown! Here are the current numbers: 

    Mentors: 71 

    Year 1 Induction Candidates: 33 

    Year 2 Induction Candidates: 27 

    New Hire Candidates: 46 

    Intern Candidates (Including STSP & PIP): 16 

    TPSL (Long-Term Subs): 5 

    Thank you for your support—enjoy the weekend! 

     

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  • Mentoring Matters for October 2019

    Posted by Sean McCarthy on 10/18/2019

    Happy Friday!  

    We are reinventing our blog (formerly the MVUSD Induction Junction) as a monthly email blast to keep you better informed about program events now that mentoring support has expanded well beyond the induction world.  

     

    Classroom Observations 

    One of the most powerful professional learning experiences is observation. Our induction candidates are required to BOTH observe other accomplished colleagues AND be observed by their mentor to receive formative feedback as part of their credentialing requirements. Observations of colleagues take place once in the fall and again in the spring, and we encourage them to do this with their mentors so that they can debrief on the observed strategies and classroom environments. Mentors also observe their candidates in person in the fall and spring, as well as through video, providing formative feedback to support mini-inquiries and Individual Learning Plans. Our induction program provides the release time for these classroom observations (candidates and their mentors receive 2 release days per year under LCAP Induction), and while we know it can be a challenge to be away from the classroom, the power of observation and formative feedback makes it worth the investment. While the observations are only required for induction candidates, we also make it an option for interns and non-induction new hires. 

     

    Teaching Channel 

    In support of our candidate coaching efforts, our induction program now has its own Teaching Channel platform for video-based coaching. While the Teaching Channel has long been used as a great resource for professional learning, our private space can be used for candidates and mentors to upload, view and annotate videos of their own classroom observations—all with complete privacy. This provides mentors an opportunity to make additional virtual observations of their candidates without having to take more release time, and then provide timely, formative feedback online. We recently provided a training for candidates and mentors where they learned how to use the system and created a private collaborative area where they could work within the platform. We hope this becomes a tool that more teachers have the opportunity to access to advance teaching and learning in their classrooms—we will keep you posted! 

     

    Workshop Opportunities 

    We have the following trainings coming up over the next month: 

    Culturally Responsive Pedagogy Part 1, 10/24/19, 4-6pm 

    OneNote Class Notebook Part 3 Training 10/29/19 4-6pm  

    Math Discourse  (SMP #3&6)11/5/19 4-6pm  

    Introduction to Mindfulness11/7/19 4-6pm  

    Difficult Conversations, Webinar11/13/19  

     

    We also have several online trainings that can be taken at any time. To register for these or any training opportunities, teachers can access or Professional Learning Hub HERE. 

     

    Support Stats 

    As you may have noticed, our program has grown! Here are the numbers: 

    Year 1 Induction Candidates: 33 

    Year 2 Induction Candidates: 27 

    Non-Induction New Hire Candidates: 46 

    Intern Candidates (Including STSP & PIP): 16 

    TPSL (Long-Term Subs): 5 

    Teacher Support Network (TSN) aka: Voluntary PAR: 5

    Mentors: 71

     

     

    Thank you for your support—enjoy the weekend! 

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  • September Induction News

    Posted by Sean McCarthy on 9/26/2017

    Sue Hall Named District Support Person of the Year for 2016-17!

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    Induction Program Coordinator Sue Hall was recognized at last week’s District and Site Employee of the Year celebration for her outstanding service to all of the teachers of the Murrieta Valley School District.  Superintendent Patrick Kelley shared how much her tireless efforts meant to the lives of teachers and their students.  In addition to her work in the induction program, Sue supports the implementation of the district’s intervention programs, including Read 180, Math 180, and System 44, and is an advocate for the special education and foster youth programs.  Sue also faced an extra challenge last school year running the Induction Program while Staff Development Coordinator and Induction Program Director Sean McCarthy was on leave during the spring semester.  This was a much deserved recognition for the wonderful work Sue does on behalf of teachers and students!

     

    Mentors Named Site Employees of the Year

    In addition to Sue Hall, some of our outstanding induction mentors were also honored as their school site's employees of the year.  These included Ocean Walker from Dorothy McElhinney Middle School, who teaches intervention programs, and PE teacher Emily Ham and mathematics teacher Jennifer Uecke-Barnett who are both at Thompson Middle School.  We are so proud to count them among our excellent mentor teachers!

     

    Network Meetings in Full Swing

     

    The new Induction standards are in full implementation, and with that a new program-wide focus on mentoring and individualized support that began last year with the current class of Year 2 candidates.  Our monthly sessions now revolve around Network Meetings that provide candidates an opportunity to explore key components and assess themselves against essential standards as a springboard to launching into professional inquiry.  

     

    Our 21 Year One Candidates have already had a busy Induction experience, starting with their Orientation, which, in addition to an overview of the program and its requirements, included an acceptable use talk from Director of Technology Ken Balliger who explored the do's and don'ts' of digital interactions with parents and students. Candidates also had the opportunity to attain their Social Media clearance at this orientation.  We also launched right into our first Network Meeting inquiry topic: How Do I Create Safe and Effective Learning Environments for My Students?  This provided candidates an opportunity to immediately interact with and connect with their mentors while becoming familiar with using the Continuum of Teaching Practice as a tool for self-assessment and reflection. The September Network Meeting gave the candidates a chance to do a little review while jumping into the next Component: How Do I Collaborate with Families, Colleagues, and/or the Community to Support Teacher and Student Learning?  

    Year 2

     

    For our 22 Year 2 Candidates, the September Network Meeting was also jam packed. In addition to reviewing program requirements, Candidates were introduced to their Action Research Project requirements, which will be the focus of their efforts during the fall semester.  These projects will give them an opportunity to do a deep dive into a topic of their choice to enhance teaching and learning in their classroom while also developing their ability to conduct effective professional action research and inquiry. After this introduction, they then explored the September Year 2 Component: How Do I Design and Deliver Culturally Responsive Pedagogy?

    Year 2 2  

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  • 2017 Induction Colloquium

    Posted by Sean McCarthy on 6/6/2017

    On Wednesday, May 17, the Murrieta Valley Induction Program held its annual Colloquium, celebrating and sharing the accomplishments of its 26 promoting candidates.  

    The event began with the digital portfolio sharing, which provided attendees an opportunity to view and leave feedback on our candidates' induction portfolios.  Following this, the formal presentation began, which included a variety of speakers, along with a video address by Superintendent Pat Kelley, and inspirational messages from MTA President Tom Kuzma, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Darren Daniel, Director of Human Resources Leigh Lockwood, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Pam Wilson, and Director of Special Education Zhanna Preston.  

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    Pam

    Zhanna

    We then had an opportunity to hear from two of our candidates, Kelly Knoll from Lisa J. Mails, and Danica Rosendale from Avaxat.  Kelly, who came to us this year from another district, shared about the differences between our induction program and the one she experienced previously, and how much she was able to grow in her learning this year as a result.  Danica shared about the power of the lesson study component that we incorporated into the inquiry component of the induction program.  After they spoke, their mentor, Mary Eskridge from Lisa J. Mails, shared how much she has learned herself from her experience as a mentor teacher by working with these two amazing candidates.

    Candidates

    After the speaker portion, we moved into the centerpiece of the Colloquium, which is the Table Talk, where each candidate shares their primary professional learning from their induction experience. During this part of the program, each candidate has an opportunity to share four elements of their journey:

    1. What they learned about themselves as teachers
    2. What they learned about their students
    3. The piece of evidence that best illustrates a change in their teaching practices
    4. What they will investigate or focus on in the next year to continue their professional growth

    This is always a powerful part of the program that never fails to prove inspirational!

    Following the Table Talk, we turned our focus to celebrating our candidates' accomplishments.  After thanking all those who helped them complete their journey, including mentors, program leadership, and advisory team members, it was time for candidates to receive their certificates of completion. As you can see from the slideshow below, it is truly a joyful occasion when these hard working teachers complete this challenge and have finished their teacher preparation journey.  They left with smiles on their faces, copies of Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Growth Mindset Learning Community book, and other goodies!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • November Seminar Topics

    Posted by Sean McCarthy on 12/1/2016

    One of the big changes in Induction program is a far greater differentiation between the experiences of the Year 1 and Year 2 candidate experiences than has been the case in the past.  The new program standards, which have enabled us to design our own program and move away from the prescriptive one used before, ensuring that we are better able to customize to meet the needs of our candidates.  

    As a result, each month, Year 1 and 2 candidates will have a different focus during their monthly seminar experiences.  Last month, Year 1 candidates explored program Component 4: How Do I Design Rigorous and Relevant Learning Experiences?

    Year 1 A

    They assessed themselves against key standard elements related to this focus question, explored resources that could help support effective short- and long-term lesson design, then prepared for their mini-inquiry related to this component.  

    Additionally, program mentor Michelle McCarthy and her candidate Lourdes Duckwiler shared their strategies for developing their digital capstone project:

    Year 1 B

    They provided tips and tricks for keeping up with adding evidence to the project to keep it manageable:

    Year 1 C

    The Year 2 seminar had a completely different focus.  Feedback from candidates, mentors and site administrators from the past years has indicated a need to strengthen support in the area of delivering culturally responsive pedagogy.  As a result, we decided to make this a special seminar topic:

    Year 2 A

    In addition to viewing videos explaining the concept of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and exploring resources, candidates and their mentors also had a chance to share their own best practices for creating a culturally responsive classroom environment:

    Year 2 B

    After the presentation, candidates and mentors worked on wrapping up FACT Module B in order to be prepared to start their inquiry projects this month.

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  • Fall Elements of Effective Instruction

    Posted by Sean McCarthy on 11/11/2016

    The MVIP Program and Education Services has completed its summer and fall Elements of Effective Instruction Program, hosting 20 sessions of its fourteen EOEI Modules.  More than 220 teachers attended, including new teachers and veterans.  Responses were highly favorable (see links to survey results below), and we will soon be offering our spring follow up sessions.  Thanks to everyone who participated!  Here are a few pictures highlighting some of the sessions:

    EOEI Mod 3

    TM Modules 5-6

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Looking Ahead and Looking Back: Induction 2016

    Posted by Sean McCarthy on 10/21/2016

    This year's MVUSD Induction Program is serving 52 candidates, including 26 first-year teachers who have joined the induction class of 2018.  This is the largest the program has been in several years, and in addition to supporting these candidates as they are clearing their credentials, we are also providing mentors for interns who are working toward preliminary credentials, developing a program to provide Teaching Permits for Statutory Leave (TPLS) to long-term substitute teachers to meet a new credentialing requirement, and working on an administrator induction program.  In short, we have our hands full making sure there are plenty of well-prepared teachers to serve our students!

     

    In addition to the growth of our program, we have also been evolving to meet new program standards that have been implemented for induction.  We have rolled out these new standards for our current first-year candidates, and they represent a dramatic shift in the way our teachers are supported.  While there are several differences, the primary shifts to highlight include the following:

    • Greater emphasis on mentoring of the candidate (minimum requirement of 4 hours per month of face-to-face work with mentor)
    • Greater focus on observation of candidates by mentor, induction coaches, and program leadership
    • Less emphasis on completing paperwork--more emphasis on individualized work with mentor through the completing of an Individualized Learning Plan

     

    We've been excited with the results of our implementation so far and the powerful conversations between mentors and their candidates and they self-assess using the Continuum of Teaching Practice and then work to develop their Individualized Learning Plans.

     

    As we move forward, we are also informed by the results of our previous year's work with candidates.  We like to "practice what we preach" with our new teachers by carefully assessing our performance, reflecting on the results, and then making adjustments based on the data.  In that spirit, we are sharing the results of our end-of-year teacher survey HERE so you can see how our candidates felt about the program.  This is just one of the many pieces of data we used to critique our work.

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  • All New Name, Same Great Program!

    Posted by Sean McCarthy on 9/25/2014

    Remember BTSA? Well, that acronym no longer applies—we are now officially the MVUSD Teacher Induction Program (TIP).  Though our name is different, we will still be providing the same high-quality programs and services to our district teachers who are clearing general education or education specialist credentials.  It is this high quality service that helped our program earn a full 7-year accreditation term following last year’s site visit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. 

     

    In addition to the new name, we’ve also been going through some other important changes.  We have held not one…not two…but three induction orientation sessions as our district continues to hire new teachers.  As a result, we have more than doubled in size, from 19 candidates last year to 40 in 2014-2015.  While we welcome this growth, it presents challenges in order to continue to provide the excellent induction experience we expect.  Fortunately, in anticipation of this growth, we expanded both our Teacher Induction Leadership Team (TILT) and our pool of Support Providers (SPs). 

     

    Our TILT members are tasked with facilitating the day-to-day operations of the program.  In addition to supporting their own candidates, they provide direct assistance and resources to the SPs in their area (see Tree Map below) and the candidates they serve.  As you can see from the Tree Map below, our TILT is organized by grade level and/or subject area, as well as credential type: 

     
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    The expansion of the TILT has been critical in helping maintain our high standards through this growth process.  While we anticipated growth of the program as a result of new hiring, we were surprised by the high number of new K-5 teachers who have joined the district., and the overall expansion at other grade levels and subject areas.  Our program places emphasis on having TILE members make frequent visits to candidate classrooms.  Our walkthrough expectations allow for this, and the Tree Map below illustrates the walkthrough assignments and the growth we have experienced across the board:
     
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