The San Luis Obispo County BTSA Consortium supports new teachers by providing a two-year induction program. It is a support and formative assessment process designed to assist beginning teachers' professional development. The support and assessment system is both structured and flexible, and consists of a series of events job-embedded activities that focus teachers through a "plan, teach, reflect, apply" process, that blends teaching knowledge with performance. The first half of the teaching year teachers learn how to assess and understand the learning context of their students. The second half of the year teachers create an inquiry question and spend time implementing and reflecting on the process and the results this has on student learning. Intended to be used by first and second year teachers with the assistance of an experienced mentor/teacher, it is grounded in a developmental view of teaching and integrates the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP) and the California Student Content Standards.
Teachers new to the profession are required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to clear their credential through a CTC approved induction program. New teachers participate in 40 hours of mentoring support and 20 hours of individualized professional development each year. Mentors assigned to support new teachers participate in 40 hours of mentoring, as well as 20 hours of combined Mentor training and other professional development.