California Agricultural Teachers' Association

California Agricultural Teachers' Induction Program

About

The California Agricultural Teachers’ Induction Program (CATIP) sprang out of the need to induct new agriculture teachers into the dynamic field of agriculture education as identified by the Vision 2030 process of the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association (CATA) that began in 2013.  CATIP is a consortium built for the purpose of providing accredited induction services meant to support early career California Agriculture Teachers in their first two years.  As a formal partnership between the Yolo-Solano Center for Teacher Credentialing (YSCTC), of the Davis Joint Unified School District (DJUSD), and the CATA, CATIP inducts agriculture teachers into the profession through the program standards set forth by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). CATIP provides contextualized mentoring and support for early career agriculture teachers with Single Subject—Agriculture and Designated Subjects—Career Technical Education (Agriculture)(DS:CTE) credentials.

The California Agricultural Teachers’ Induction Program is meant to be a two-year program for those electing to begin and complete induction services in the CATIP.  The general program structure follows this approximate timeline for new teachers, further refered to here as Credential Candidates (CC).

Credential Candidate (New Teacher) Process – Pre-Program

Credential Candidiate (New Teacher) Admission Requirements:

(Based, in part, on CTC Preconditions for Educator Prep Programs Handbook - http://www.ctc.ca.gov/educator-prep/standards/Standards-Preconditions.pdf)

  • Participation in an orientation session;
    • Usually held in the end of June, but also available in a distance course online
  • Verification of Preliminary Single Subject or Agriculture Specialist Credential;
    • Verification of teaching outside of California, if less than two years.
  • Valid Contract of Employment;
  • Verification of CBEST or Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) test(s);
  • Verify Certificate of Clearance from CTC; and
  • Portfolio of Progress (2nd year applicants only)
    • If entering the program after starting a program at another LEA (Local Education Agency).
    • Includes all work completed under the guidance of former Induction Program.

Mentor Admission Requirements:

  • Participation in an orientation session;
  • Verification of Clear California Teaching Credential;
  • 5 years minimum service as a California Agriculture Teacher;
  • Satisfactory demonstration of participation in the California Agriculture Teacher’s Association; and
  • Previous experience with student teachers or induction programs (preferred, not required).  

Contacts

CATIP Contacts

 

Contact Email

Phone

Location

Mailing Address

General Program Information

 

grantermis@calagteachers.org

(530) 747-2008

Yolo-Solano Center for Teacher Credentialing

4632 2nd Street, Ste. 120
Davis, CA 95618

Name

Title

Contact Email

Location

Region

Grant Ermis

Director

grantermis@calgteachers.org

Yolo-Solano Center for Teacher Credentialing

State

Judy Aschwanden

Facilitator

jaschwanden@sthelenaunified.org

St. Helena High School

North Coast

Eric Dyer

Facilitator

Eric.dyer@wjusd.org

Woodland High School

Central

Jalisca Thomason

Facilitator

jalisca.thomason@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Bakersfield College

San Joaquin

Mary Martineau

Facilitator

mmartineau2010@gmail.com

Ramona High School

Southern

Mike Spiess

Facilitator

mspiess@csuchico.edu

CSU, Chico

Superior

Lauren Peterson

Facilitator

lpeterson0226@gmail.com

King City High School

South Coast

CATA Contacts

Name

Title

Contact Email

Phone

Location

Physical Address

Kerry Stockton

Program Liaison, CATIP

Executive Assistant, California Agricultural Teachers' Association

kstockton@calagteachers.org

(209) 744-1614

State FFA Center

13020 W. Stockton Blvd
Galt, CA 95632

Matt Patton

Executive Director, California Agricultural Teachers' Association

mpatton@calagteachers.org

(209) 744-105

State FFA Center

13020 W. Stockton Blvd Galt, CA 95632

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How do I apply to participate in the program?
  • Who is considered a Credential Candidate?
    • A participating teacher is considered anyone who will be entering their first or second year of teaching as teacher of record.
  • Who is considered a Mentor?
    • A Mentor is any individual who has been teaching (1.0 FTE/year) as a qualified agriculture teacher in, or beyond their 5th year as teacher of record.
    • Mentors are trained via the curriculum outlined by the CATIP Mentor training modules.
  • What do I do if my mentor is not providing me the guidance I need?
    • As a Crendential Candidate, if your mentor is not providing the services that they have been trained to provide for you, you have the right, and obligation, to inform program staff, coordinators, and/or directors.  All information provided will remain anonymous, and CATIP will work to pair you with another mentor.
  • What happens if a participating teacher is leaving agriculture education?
    • If an agriculture teacher leaves the profession, for whatever reason, during their time enrolled in the CATIP, proper documentation and records will be prepared to send with that candidate to a new induction program (in the event they are gainfully employed in the teaching profession within another field), or records will be kept on file for a minimum of 3 years.
  • What type of Mentor training is available?
    • Mentor training is required of all mentors who are approved for work in this program, regardless of years spent as a mentor for another program.  Each case will be assessed appropriately by program facilitators, and appropriate assignments will be made on a merit basis.
  • What will happen if I do not complete required CATIP documentation at appropriate deadlines?
    • If documentation is not completed in a timely fashion, the CATIP will withhold submission of approval to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  Thus prolonging the promotion of a Clear Teaching Credential.
  • How are mentors identified?
    • Mentors are identified from the pool of over 800 agriculture instructors in the State of California; in both secondary and postsecondary institutions.  Any mentor candidate who is currently employed by a postsecondary institution more than 50% (.5 FTE) may not have been removed from the high school classroom for more than 10 academic years.
    • Mentors may also come from the pool of recently retired agriculture teachers who had proven records of effective classroom instruction and participation in the Agriculture Education Model.
  • How will mentors be paid?
    • Mentors are paid by the school district of the Credential Candidate, if at all.  Effectively, they are hired in the manner that the participating school district deems appropriate, and paid according to their salary/stipend system.
    • CATIP does not negotiate stipends, contracts, or policies of the participating school district.
  • How is the California Agricultural Teachers’ Induction Program evaluated?
    • CATIP is an approved consortium partner of the Yolo-Solano Center for Teacher Credentialing operated by Davis Unifiied School District.  Thus, it is subject to the audit procedures, purview, and evaluation by standards set forth by the parent program and the CTC.  Entities that participate in independent evaluations are as follows, listed in order of hierarchy:
      • CTC
      • DUSD
      • CATA Governing Board