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Induction Programs

If you’re reading this, then you are a school district, BOCES, charter school, or non-public school operating or interested in developing an induction program for teachers, special service professionals (SSP), or principals and administrators.

Note: If you're an educator who is looking to:

  • Complete an induction program, please contact your district or BOCES.
  • Move your initial license to a professional license, access the licensure checklist to review the requirements.

Overview

Excellent teaching and leadership is vital to every student’s success, and educator development plays a key part in the retention and effectiveness of Colorado educators. To have maximum impact on student learning, educators must develop and evolve along with their students. Induction programs help set the stage for continuous growth and support of educators at the beginning of their careers or as they transition to new organizations or new roles within an organization.

Who Can be an Induction Provider

In accordance with the Educator Licensing and Preparation Rules and the revised statutes that govern approved induction programs (2260.5-R-13.00 & 14.00), school districts and BOCES must have their induction program(s) approved by the Colorado Department of Education for teachers, principals, administrators, and/or specialized service professionals. The signing of SB18-160 into law in April of 2018 and SB19-069 into law in March of 2019 now allows charter schools and non-public schools to have their induction program(s) approved by CDE as well. Districts may also partner with a BOCES or Institute of Higher Education to help develop or manage induction programs. All programs must be reviewed and renewed every five years.

Induction Program Development Process

The flowchart below describes the basic steps to developing an induction program in Colorado.

Flow chart depicting the steps to developing an induction program

Initial Approval for Induction Providers

Initial applications are reviewed in two windows: spring and fall. Applications submitted October 1 to March 31 will be reviewed in the spring window with approvals by mid-May. Applications submitted April 1 to September 30 will be reviewed in the fall window with approvals by mid-November.

To submit an initial applications, follow the steps below:

First, review Induction Program Guidelines (PDF).

Then, complete the Educator Induction Program Evaluation Rubric for each induction program for which your organization is applying: Teacher/SSP and/or Principal/Administrator. As an initial application, do not complete the "level" column but do provide a narrative description for each rubric indicator.

Finally, email your completed rubric to Educator_Development@cde.state.co.us.

Renewals for Induction Providers

Existing induction providers must submit a renewal every five years. Applications for renewals are open from February 1 to March 31 of each year with decisions communicated by the end of May. Programs applying for renewal will complete a new rubric for each induction program they would like to renew. Programs must provide a narrative justification for each rubric indicator as well as a self-evaluation rating.

New program rubrics and a new online application system are coming in 2023. Induction providers can continue to use the existing rubrics for program improvement but should expect the updated rubric for renewals in 2023 and beyond. More information will be provided in the Educator Talent newsletter as available.

Ongoing Commitments for Induction Providers

Once an induction plan is approved, there are a few ongoing activities that induction providers must complete:

  • Maintain records of individual candidate's participation, progress, and completion, including providing candidates with a certificate of completion.
  • Engage in the annual check-in process by providing to CDE:
    • Any program updates
    • Main contact updates
    • Information about general participation and educator completion
    • Identification of any areas of support needed
  • Conduct a self-evaluation every five years (SBE Rule 13.02). CDE uses the evaluation information in recommending renewal of the induction program. CDE may visit induction sites and survey participants regarding the effectiveness of the program.

Program Updates

Within the five-year induction renewal period, programs may make updates to their induction programming if the updated program maintains fidelity to the rubric indicators.

Questions about program updates can be submitted to Educator_Development@cde.state.co.us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:  Where can I find the rubrics?

Answer:  The Teacher/SSP rubric is available here and the Principal/Admin rubric is available here.

Question:  My district provides induction for teachers and SSP’s but our new principals go through an induction program provided by a BOCES.  Which online form do I submit?

Answer:  Providers should only submit the form for programs they actively operate.  In this instance, the district would submit the Teacher/SSP form and the BOCES would submit the Principal/Admin form.

Question:  Our induction supports look different for teachers and SSP’s but there is only one rubric for these two programs.  How do I reflect these differences in my submission?

Answer:  The single rubric is due to the requirements for teacher and SSP induction programs residing in the same sections of statute and rule.  While the requirements are the same, the specific delivery will of course look different in implementation.  Note these differences in the rubric by separating descriptions into unique paragraphs that describe the unique supports provided to teachers and SSPs.  In some cases, it may be necessary to also differentiate supports among types of SSP’s.

Question:  Do I need to submit my entire professional development calendar for the year?

Answer:  No.  The completed rubrics are the only document uploads that will be accepted.  Professional development plans should be described with sufficient detail to capture the topics, frequency, and methods of delivery but do not need to include such specific details as dates and locations.

Question:  We provide induction to teachers but not SSPs.  Which rubric do we submit?

Answer:  You will still submit the Teacher/SSP Program Evaluation Rubric.  The requirements for these two programs are grouped together in statute, which is why they are combined into a single rubric.  If SSPs in your district participate in induction through a BOCES, note this in the Teacher/SSP rubric.

Question:  Will our program be rejected if one of the indicators is not in place?

Answer:  No.  CDE understands the need for support in some of these indicators.  It is important that providers are candid about areas needing improvement in the completed rubric.  CDE will use this information to plan for future trainings, resources, and other supports.

Question:  What is the minimum number of points for a program to be approved?

Answer:  CDE will not use a scoring system for review and approval of programs.  The compliance rating element of the rubric is a tool that is intended to be used for self-reflection.  Use this tool to identify areas to target for improvement over time and note these plans in the justification column.  Completed rubrics will be reviewed holistically and CDE will provide constructive feedback for use in local planning discussions.

Resources

The following documents are provided as support as you consider updates and best practices for your induction program.