New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

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Source: Santa Barbara Unified School District

A first-ever Teacher Induction Program led by Santa Barbara Unified School District launched this week with 85 preliminary credentialed teachers. The district-led program provides new educators with an individualized, job-imbedded system of mentoring, support, and professional learning in the beginning of the teacher’s first two years of teaching.  

Santa Barbara Unified School District began to pursue its own induction program in the Fall of 2016. The District received approval from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing on May 10, 2018 after completing a multi-step approval process and demonstrating compliance with rigorous new induction program standards.

“We are incredibly proud to be able to launch our own induction program as a way to authentically support and invest in new educators within our district,” said Roxanna Stern, Teacher Induction Program Coordinator. “By providing this induction program we are integrating district professional learning opportunities with individualized support and mentoring from veteran educators.”

“There is nothing more important in education than the teaching and learning that happens in the classroom,” said John Becchio, EdD, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. “The Teacher Induction Program is an impressive advancement for our district as it allows us to provide on-the-job continuing education and development opportunities that will have a positive impact on student learning.”

L-R: Miranda Wittrock, Darren Iacono, Zach Lotze, Michelle Duan

The Teacher Induction Program is a two-year program for newly credentialed teachers in California to earn their professional teaching credential. The program is offered free of charge to educators and each participant attends after-school workshops, develops individual learning plans based on California standards for the teaching profession, and receives at least one hour per week of coordinated support and mentoring. Santa Barbara Unified School District teachers previously had to earn their professional teaching credential by participating in continuing education opportunities outside of the district. Participants complete the program by demonstrating that they meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requirements by possessing the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively educate and support all students in meeting state adopted academic standards.

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sbalax Aug 21, 2018 07:06 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

Today I was at a breakfast for teachers who are retired from La Cumbre Junior High School. I was very happy to pass on the kind words posted here about Mr. Erv Birzer to his widow Jan. When I retired 16 years ago Erv gave me a wooden school bell that, inspite of the inroads of Parkinson’s Disease, he was able to turn on his lathe for me. The wood was magnolia that he had saved from a beautiful tree that grew in front of the school and that succumbed to one of the droughts. It is the only piece of memorabilia that I display daily in my home. He was a fine mentor and friend.

sbdude Aug 20, 2018 06:05 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

Re: Teacher pensions. Teachers do NOT get calPers, they get calStrs. No medical, no dental. You can calculate what the pension is for any teacher - it's usually about 65 - 70% of their final salary. Let's do it for one of the highest paid teachers at SBUnified, a 30 year veteran with a Master's degree. Their salary is $93,018 (salaries are publicly available at sbunified.org). By the way, the salary schedule stops at 21 years, so the only raises our teacher has received were the ones the union negotiated (last year's was a whopping 2%). Now go to www.calstrs.com and select "calculators" to estimate monthly retirement income. Our hypothetical teacher has worked for 30 years, so he or she will receive a pension of approx. $5,113/month, or about $61K/year, before taxes. No medical or dental benefits, no Social Security, no 401(k) provided by their employer. It's not a great retirement package by any means.

letmego Aug 22, 2018 12:48 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

As Pitmix said, it's unlikely. The very senior (30 years +) might make that much, but it's base salary only - can't look at total pay and benefits. Some Special Ed teachers make more.

PitMix Aug 21, 2018 08:23 AM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

You are probably including the cost of their benefits in their base salary calc. That makes it look like they make a lot more. But pension is based on final salary, not salary + benies. Apples and oranges. Sorry to burst your bubble, but if you want to believe that all teachers retire to mansions on the beach, that's your prerogative.

a-1558364741 Aug 20, 2018 06:40 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

@SB Dude, You're just plain wrong. I looked up several teachers my kids have had and they made much more than the $93k you state for a base salary. Figure the rest of your post is incorrect as well.

macpuzl Aug 20, 2018 02:50 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

"Transparent California" is just one of the many names used by the tax-exempt "free-market think tank" Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI). NPRI refuses to provide its own funding sources, stating, “NPRI respects the privacy of our donors, which includes the amount of a donor’s gift”. NPRI's primary funding source, as determined by The Conservative Transparency Project, is Donors Capital Fund, a dark-money source of funding for conservative groups. Its donors also include The Cato Institute, co-founded by the Koch brothers, and organizations affiliated with the climate change denial movement. NPRI spends 75% of its revenue on six-figure salaries and benefits. Its goal is to undermine support for employee unions nationwide, thereby decreasing salaries and increasing corporate profits.

a-1558364741 Aug 20, 2018 05:40 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

Thank you! I never even thought to research them. A deep look: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/215462/dark-money-by-jane-mayer/9780307947901/ =============================================================== https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/books/review/dark-money-by-jane-mayer.html

a-1558364741 Aug 20, 2018 03:00 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

Corporate profits? Dude, Transparent California only reports on public employees. Those folks work for you and me and you're darned-right we want to know where our taxes are going.

a-1558364741 Aug 20, 2018 08:56 AM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

I have a ton of respect for great educators, and many family members chose this career. But please stop with the well worn winging: you are not, by a long shot, "the most overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated professionals".

letmego Aug 22, 2018 01:06 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

Most professionals don't work 2080 hours a year, either - we get paid vacation, holidays, and sick days. It's more like 1700-1800 for someone who is mid-career (40's and 50's) when you factor all that in. And as far as "Unpaid work to prepare" - sure I'm salaried. So, when time is busy I work overtime unpaid - but that is not the norm for many professions - where you get paid for travel time, prep time, and all time. Teachers are expected to be on site at least 30 minutes before school starts (per the contract), and a sufficient amount of time after. Plus back to school night and other requirements added each year. By my calculations, that comes out to approximately 1500 hours a year, NOT COUNTING prep and grading and parent conferences. If you can manage that in an hour a day on average, then you are coming in at around 1685 hours a year. Not terribly far off from a typical professional. Certainly not 75%.

a-1558364741 Aug 21, 2018 04:12 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

I spent WAY more than 8 hours a day during my teaching career. It didn't matter to me because teaching became my main hobby. One of the best perks for me is that I was almost always treated in a professional manner by administrators I worked with.

a-1558364741 Aug 21, 2018 04:12 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

I spent WAY more than 8 hours a day during my teaching career. It didn't matter to me because teaching became my main hobby. One of the best perks for me is that I was almost always treated in a professional manner by administrators I worked with.

PitMix Aug 21, 2018 08:33 AM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

5024, minimum is 8 hours a day. Max seems to be whatever it takes to be a good teacher. Grading, preparing instruction plans, after school activities, pre-school activities. It doesn't really matter that their contracted per hour pay amount seems pretty high. That total salary is not enough to live in a nice place in SB, let alone buy a house.

CoastWatch Aug 20, 2018 03:18 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

YOU are SO WRONG... They are not on a PUBLIC SAFETY CalPers Retirement- and of those that are, very FEW receive "lifetime medical"...! Every jurisdiction negotiates their contracts differently. Your blanket statements and mis-information is ridiculous at best. Please show me where my wife (teacher) will be receiving a "105%" of her salary and lifetime medical... LOL! I WISH!!!

a-1558364741 Aug 20, 2018 02:56 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

I looked up my kid's second grade GUSD teacher from last year. Goleta is a small town and we cross paths socially on occasion. She is a a very nice woman in her mid-40s, born and raised in Goleta, who has been a teacher for approx 20 years. Her husband is not a tech worker, he is a blue collar tradesman. They are home owners of a nice middle class home in Goleta hear the school. Per Transparent California, in 2015 she made a base salary of $94,769.00. Benefits were in addition to this amount. I can only presume that with a modest raise she will make over $100k base salary in 2018 . I am happy for them and their success. And if they can do it, anyone can. But come on people, she is not overworked, under appreciated, or underpaid.

a-1558364741 Aug 20, 2018 03:43 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

Ditto @Coastwatch. I can confirm that GUSD teachers have crappy and very expensive health insurance (subsidies are very low compared to most private sector plans). They also do not get any health insurance coverage after retirement...most transition to Medicare at age 65.

Factotum Aug 20, 2018 04:59 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

Top Goleta K-6 elementary school teacher make up to $125,000 a year, for a nine month year. This includes their $19,000 tax free benefits package. Goleta School District teaches only K-6 classes.

a-1558364741 Aug 20, 2018 01:47 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

...and upon retirement Cali teachers receive 105% of their final earnings each year for the rest of their lives...plus medical...plus dental...plus a host of other perks...retire from teaching in your mid 50s, get another job and you are raking it in...what a racket...and our students cannot read, write, or compete n the job market. The solution: more money for the teachers and administrators. oh, and do not forget to vote how you are told to vote.

a-1558364741 Aug 20, 2018 01:34 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

@Pitmix: Here is a brief assignement. Please share the total number of hours per year that teachers work per their contract. For educators, this is a well known number. It is also much less hours than the standard 2080 hours per year that most "professionals" work. Then divide the total average teacher's salary by the total hours they work per year. This will give the hourly wage paid to teachers. And please don't tell us about the hours worked over this amount in order to "to prepare" which is "unpaid" ...all professionals do them same. For those interested, Transparent California lists exactly how much your kid's teacher made in past years. And FYI, there are many local teachers making a base salary well above the $73k you list above. Anecdotally, I would estimate any local teacher with more than 15 years experience is making a base salary above $70k per year.

PitMix Aug 20, 2018 01:19 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

Hate to spoil your opinions with facts, but for a 4-yr degree plus an additional year to get a preliminary credential, the pay is pretty low. "The median annual Teacher Elementary School salary in Santa Barbara, CA is $61,635, as of July 31, 2018, with a range usually between $50,488–$73,104." Not even enough to rent a one-bdr apt in SB. Hope they all have spouses making good money in the Tech industry.

Factotum Aug 20, 2018 10:22 AM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

Teachers unions constantly complaining about this very well-paid, well-benefited 9 month career choice makes this entire profession sound very unappealing. They need to stop downgrading this profession in the interests of all concerned.

Factotum Aug 19, 2018 10:08 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

Welcome and we hope you keep loving your job. Nothing comes across to a student better than knowing a teacher loves what he/she is doing, as well as absolutely loving the subject he/she is teaching. Those are the teachers we remember. Those are the subjects we remember.

a-1558364741 Aug 19, 2018 08:41 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

Yes, those new teachers are smiling now. Give them a couple years. A good pal of mine teaches at a local elementary school and told me the parents of the kids are completely insufferable. There are a lot of kids now who won't do the work, act out, back talk, the whole gamut. No respect, utterly devoid of manners. My teacher friend said, "And every parent thinks his/her kid is perfect, no matter what's going on."

shardin1 Aug 19, 2018 05:35 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

^ @636 According to the article... 'The district-led program provides new educators with an individualized, job-imbedded system of mentoring, support, and professional learning in the beginning of the teacher’s first two years of teaching.' There is no mention of how mentors are teaching the inductees to embed their politics and social activism. This program is about strengthening and increasing teacher capacity for the very results you would love to see. Secondly, while you may know, love, and respect Mr. Ervin Birzer, we have no idea who he was and how he fits into the narrative and article.

a-1558364741 Aug 19, 2018 03:17 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

I would love it if these teachers would simply teach and support their students, and leave their politics and social activism at home. Teach...don'the preach. God bless you Mr. Ervin Birzer....we need more teachers like you.

PitMix Aug 21, 2018 02:48 PM
New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers

The problem is that if you remove all analysis from history and government and poltical science classes, then you have removed any value from those classes. But one person's analysis is another person's bias.

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