Induction & Mentoring
During the Induction year, novice educators are introduced to the South Carolina Teaching Standards 4.0 or the ADEPT Performance Standards for Speech, Media, and Guidance, as they engage in a series of learning experiences addressing the following:
- District’s policies, procedures, benefits, and calendar
Teacher-oriented and student-oriented services are available in the district and the community.
Social, cultural, and economic characteristics of the community are served by the district.
Services and referral procedures related to special education and EL (English Learner) students
Action research based on areas of Refinement and Reinforcement from 1st Semester Evaluations
Requirements for professional educator certification and certificate renewal
This content is delivered in a variety of modes including: face to face, online, small group, and one on one interactions. A highlight of the program is the annual Ed-Camp. At this activity, induction teachers meet in small group sessions to pose questions, receive insight, and collaborate with both seasoned professionals and experience-level colleagues to examine problems of practice.
Educators in Induction Two are placed within this evaluation level to receive targeted feedback, coaching, and mentoring prior to moving into formal evaluation in subsequent years. These teachers must be assigned a new mentor teacher. While they are not required to attend Induction sessions, school administrators may require attendance at specific sessions that will promote professional growth. The mentor, administrator, and district coordinator will follow the same observation schedule as required for Induction 1 teachers.
Serving as a mentor is one of the greatest distinctions of teacher leadership. As a mentor, an accomplished educator is given the opportunity to support and influence the next generation of educators while also bearing a direct impact on student achievement beyond his or her classroom walls. To serve in this role, one must satisfy the following requirements:
Successful completion of the SC Mentor Certification Training
Employment at the Continuing Contract Level for at least one year
Approval from the Office of Educator Effectiveness
Once certified, advanced mentor training is required throughout the certificate renewal period.