SC/SVNTP VISION: THE SANTA CRUZ/SILICON VALLEY NEW TEACHER PROJECT (SC/SVNTP) BELIEVES IN PROVIDING EQUITABLE EDUCATION FOR EACH STUDENT BY DEVELOPING CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE ANTIRACIST TEACHERS WHO FOCUS ON STUDENT OUTCOMES
Welcome SC/SVNTP Participating Teachers
Dear Participating Teachers,
Welcome to the 2023-24 school year! Your mentor and the Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project Team are pleased to work collaboratively with you to grow your skill, confidence, increase your ability to work successfully with each student, and support you to earn a California Clear Teaching Credential.
We are excited to begin a new year with students and committed to the sustained focus on the health of our community and growing in our program vision to develop as culturally responsive antiracist educators.
As an accredited agency, the SC/SVNTP will continue to uphold the Induction standards and any requirements set forth by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. As outlined in the California Induction Standards, mentors are non-evaluative and will be collaborating with you on an average of not less than one hour each week. Our mentors look forward to thinking with you about developing self-awareness and reflection on your practice to build equitable and inclusive learning environments for each student.
We encourage you to bookmark this webpage and return often for information about Induction.
Here are a few steps you can take to get started successfully this year:
- Make sure you have worked with your school/district’s HR department to complete your Eligibility Form. This form, along with a copy of your credential, are reviewed to ensure you are eligible for Induction. Year 2 teachers continuing with SC/SVNTP, you do NOT need to submit an Eligibility Form.
- Attend your school/district orientation where you will learn more about Induction. Teachers in your second year, attend your school/district Launch where we will deepen our equity focus and understanding of what it means to be a culturally responsive antiracist educator.
- Begin building a trusting and collaborative relationship with your mentor.
- Ask questions, have a growth mindset, share honestly, and be open to feedback. Taking this approach contributes to a worthwhile and meaningful experience.
Please do not hesitate to ask questions of either your mentor or your Program leaders. We wish you and your students a wonderful year full of growth, laughter, and learning.
The Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project (SC/SVNTP) Leadership Team
Melissa Roberts, Senior Director Equity | SC/SVNTP and (Santa Cruz) Program Director
Candace McIsaac Director SC/SVNTP (Silicon Valley)
Jamie Brown, Assistant Director, SC/SVNTP (Silicon Valley)
Marvilyn Quiroz, Assistant Director, SC/SVNTP (Santa Cruz)3-24
2023-24 SC/SVNTP Toolkit
SC/SVNTP Tools are flexible graphic organizers designed to guide mentoring conversations and foster teacher practice. The processes serve as artifacts of practice that reflect growth in the California Standards of the Teaching Profession (CSTP). The tools have been developed in Google Drive to allow for collaboration in a fluid manner. These flexible graphic organizers are used to differentiate your Induction experience based on your teaching context, so there is choice and there is no set sequence for all teachers.
The 23-24 SC/SVNTP Toolkit is now available! Please work with your mentor to access these tools during your Induction experience.
If you are interested in learning more about the tools and processes in this Toolkit, and not current enrolled as a participating teacher with SC/SVNTP, please feel free to reach out to Senior Director, Melissa Roberts, for more information.
Credential and program Information
TPA Exemption Update Senate Bill 114
On July 10, 2023, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 114 (PSA-23-05) which states the Commission on Teacher Credentialing shall exempt a preliminary credential candidate who received a waiver for the TPA pursuant to Executive Order N-66-20 (pre-service teachers impacted by the COVID 19 Pandemic). This provision takes effect immediately. Any candidate that qualified under the Executive Order and received a preliminary credential with a renewal code requiring completion of the TPA will no longer need to complete the TPA as long as they have met one or both of the following requirements:
- (a) The candidate completed a commission-approved induction program on or before June 30, 2025.
- (b) The candidate completed two years of service with satisfactory teacher evaluations on or before June 30, 2025.
Keep in mind there are teachers who no longer need to address the TPA, and, have additional requirements, such as the RICA, and will need to meet these requirements in order to be eligible for a recommendation to clear their credential(s).