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1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519 (925) 682-8000


Peer Coaching Program: BTSA Induction / PAR 



The Mt. Diablo Unified School District Peer Coaching Program is dedicated to providing quality learning opportunities for every student by supporting educators and enhancing their skills and knowledge.


Program Purpose
The Mt. Diablo Unified School District Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Induction Program (BTSA) is a state-funded program, co-sponsored by the California Department of Education and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) designed to support the professional development of newly-credentialed, beginning teachers and fulfill the requirements for the California Clear Multiple and Single Subjects Credential. Ultimately, the program is also designed to increase student achievement, retain well-trained and effective credentialed teachers and improve implementation of the California Standards for the Teaching Profession and California K-12 Academic Content Standards in district classrooms. Mt. Diablo Unified School District's program is locally designed and implemented in accordance with the Standards for Quality and Effectiveness for Professional Teacher Induction Programs and is accredited by the CCTC to recommend candidates for a Clear Credential after successful completion of the two-year process.
Program Design
Mt. Diablo Unified School District's BTSA Induction Program is a two-year, job embedded process. Each Participating Teacher is teamed with an experienced classroom teacher (Peer Coach). Together the Peer Coach and Participating Teacher collaboratively work through a series of learning experiences based on the California Standards for the Teaching Profession. Throughout the two year process, Participating Teachers are given many opportunities to reflect upon their teaching and become consciously aware of effective instructional and management practices with the assistance and guidance of their assigned Peer Coach.
Formative Assessment
Mt. Diablo Unified School District's BTSA Induction Program uses the Formative Assessment for California Teachers (FACT) system. Utilizing FACT (a series of four inquiry-based modules) and with the assistance of their Peer Coach, Participating Teachers plan lessons, teach lessons, collect and analyze student work, and reflect upon the effectiveness of their lessons based on student achievement. Throughout the action research of the FACT system, Participating Teachers choose three focus students each year on whom to focus more specifically. Selecting focus students aids the Participating Teachers in building a concrete understanding of differentiated instruction and assessment that enables them to meet the needs of all students.
Support : Peer Coaches

Each MDUSD teacher who participates in the BTSA Induction Program receives personal, one-on-one support and guidance from a highly trained Peer Coach.Each Peer Coach is a skilled and experienced classroom teacher who has been selected to serve, full-time, as a mentor for beginning teachers. Peer Coaches' roles and responsibilities include:

  • Developing a supportive relationship with each Participating Teacher that is characterized by confidentialityand a non-evaluative focus on instructional practice and professional growth
  • Collaborating with other Peer Coaches and colleagues to assist with Participating Teacher support
  • Supporting Participating Teachers in implementing the formative assessment system, and developing a Professional Induction Portfolio which includes meeting with each Participating Teacher an average of at least one hour per week
  • Providing Participating Teachers assistance and feedback regarding their progress toward completing requirements for a Clear Credential recommendation
Program Contact Information

Helen Giacobazzi
Lead Coach
MDUSD Peer Coaching Program
BTSA Induction / PAR
Teacher Support