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8 Essentials of Effective Instruction

  1. Standards-Aligned Content Objectives

  2. Standards-Aligned Language Objectives

  3. Emphasis on Key Academic Vocabulary

  4. Higher-Order Questioning and Thinking

  5. Purposeful, Structured Interaction and Discussion

  6. Meaningful Activities for Students to Apply Content Knowledge and Language Knowledge

  7. Frequent, Specific, Academic Feedback Based on Student Output

  8. Formative Assessment of Comprehension and Learning of Objectives throughout the Lesson

TUSD Induction



Welcome to the Turlock Unified School District Induction Website!  On this site, you will find the information you need to take your first steps on the journey to becoming a permanent employee with TUSD as well as the first steps to earning your clear credential. We hope you enjoy your experience with the TUSD Induction Program, and please know, we are here to assist you in any way we can.

California Induction Overview

According to the CTC, options for earning a General Education (MS/SS) Clear Teaching Credential Individuals holding a Preliminary General Education (Multiple or Single Subject) teaching credential are required by Education Code §44259(c)(2) to complete a Commission-approved Induction program to earn the Clear Teaching Credential. It is the responsibility of the new teacher to earn a clear teaching credential within a five-year period from the issuance of the Preliminary Teaching credential.  As of December 2016, Education Specialist Clear Credential candidates, may clear their Preliminary Education Specialist Credentials through the same General Education program. The method intended by statute for new teachers to earn a clear teaching credential is completion of a Commission-approved Induction program. An induction program is designed to support and guide the new teacher in his or her teaching assignment by incorporating local school and district goals under the guidance and assistance of a support provider (mentor) who has deep knowledge of the local school, district and community as well as of new teacher development. Each individual holding a Preliminary teaching credential should be supported and mentored during the first two years of teaching. All Commission approved General Education Induction programs are listed on the Commission’s Approved Programs web page. A drop down list allows for filtering so only those institutions sponsoring Induction programs are listed ( Currently there are 156 Commission-approved Induction programs [0 California State University (CSU), 1 University of California (UC), 3 private colleges and universities, and 152 sponsored by local education agencies]. The following options are available to Preliminary General Education (Multiple or Single Subject) Credential Holders:

1. Enroll in and complete an induction program sponsored by, or in partnership with, the employing district or county office of education. The usual way for an educator to earn a clear teaching credential is by completing a Commission-approved Induction program that is sponsored by, or that is in partnership with, the employing school district or county office of education. When the induction program is sponsored by the employing district or the employing district is a partner in the program, it is more likely that the program will incorporate the local school and district goals. If the individual’s employer is not sponsoring or partnering with a Commission-approved Induction program, the following alternatives are available for earning the general education clear credential.

2. Enroll in and complete an Induction program that is offered by a college or university. If a teacher is employed in a district that is not sponsoring an Induction program or partnering to offer Induction to its teachers, the individual may elect to complete an May 2014 2 induction program that is offered by a college or university. An induction program sponsored by a college or university shall incorporate the local school and district goals and most will accomplish this through the work of the support provider with the Preliminary credential holder. This option is limited, however, since at this time there are only four Commission approved Induction programs sponsored by colleges or universities.

3. Enroll in and complete an Induction program sponsored by a neighboring district or a county office of education if the program accepts participants who are not employed by a partner district. The teacher must find an Induction program sponsored by a local school district or county office of education willing to work with an educator who is not employed by a partner district. When the Induction program is not sponsored by the employing district, it may be difficult for the program to address local school and district goals. It is likely that the new teacher would have to pay fees to the Induction program. This option may also be limited, as many programs are not prepared to work with teachers from outside of the partner districts. Note: Online programs are beginning to be offered by both Local Education Agency (LEA)- and colleges/university-sponsors. Currently the Commission does not have specific information on which Induction programs are offered through an online delivery model. The educator would need to contact LEA and college/university induction program sponsors to see which institutions offer this option. Click HERE for more information.

The Commission on California Teacher Credentialing also states that mentors must give a minimum of one hour per week to the candidate, and this hour cannot be via email.


Contact Denise Duewell  Denise Duewell Coordinator Induction and Professional Development

Candidate Information Handbook

  • Eligibility
  • Early Completion Option
  • Appeals Process

Click HERE to print a copy of the Candidate Information Handbook.


Monthly Meetings and Topics

  • Orientation - August 
  • Seminar 1- September
  • Seminar 2 - October
  • Seminar 3 - December
  • Seminar 4 - January
  • Seminar 5 - March
  • Seminar 6 - April
  • Seminar 7 - May


  • California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTPs)
  • Continuum of Teaching Practice
  • Attitudinal Chart
  • What is Culturally Responsive Pedagogy?
  • Meeting Resources
  • ELD Standards