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514 W. Quincy St.
San Antonio, Texas 78212
210-554-2275 (phone)

TEACHER INDUCTION AND RETENTION OFFICE

MISSION AND OVERVIEW
The SAISD induction program's mission is to equip teachers with the knowledge, resources, and skills critical to their professional growth from pre-service to early career to mentor teacher. 

Program components include professional learning opportunities (synchronous and asynchronous), resources, non-evaluative coaching activities, leadership academies, and individualized support services. 

NEW TEACHER ACADEMY KICK-OFF
Each year, SAISD hosts an orientation for all new teachers joining SAISD (including teachers with experience and those who are new to the profession). Check the New Teacher Academy Kick-Off webpage for more details. 

NEW TEACHER ACADEMY YEAR-LONG
Teachers continue their induction into SAISD through the New Teacher Academy Year-Long program. Teachers build upon their learning from New Teacher Academy Kick-Off with information relevant to the time of year.

MENTOR PROGRAM
SAISD's mentor program provides support to teachers in their first two years of their career. Mentors meet weekly with their mentee to guide them in all aspects of induction as professional educators. Mentors complete annual training to stay current with mentoring practices and skills. Each campus also has a designated Campus Mentor Coordinator who assigns mentor-mentee pairing and holds meetings at the campus level. New teachers with more than two years experience are provided with a Campus Buddy who serves as a resource to the teacher primarily around campus and district procedures. 

T-TESS New Teacher Orientation
The new teacher office provides the initial, six-hour orientation to the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System training. All teachers who have never been appraised using the T-TESS must complete this training upon joining the district. Training is offered monthly from July- February. Please email ttessorientation@saisd.net for inquiries. 

FAQs

  • If you are new to SAISD and in your first or second year of teaching, you will receive support as part of the program. If you do not know who your mentor is, please contact our office at 210-554-8521 or newteachersupport@saisd.net.
  • You can access all the details at the New Teacher Academy Kick-Off website.

  • Every campus has a Campus Mentor Coordinator who matches new teachers and mentors. You may also contact our office at 210-554-8521 or newteachersupport@saisd.net.
  • SAISD requires that a mentor have at least three years of teaching experience and meet the objective hiring criteria for the district (9 of 16 dimensions of T-TESS are Proficient with no Improvement Needed). Ideally, mentors teach the same grade level/content area as their mentee, but this is not always possible. All mentor assignments must be approved by the campus principal.
  • In general, mentors should support mentees with all aspects of becoming a professional educator. Specific mentoring activities are outlined in campus- and district-level mentor meetings. For questions, email newteachersupport@saisd.net.
  • Mentors must complete annual training provided by the district. Mentors meet weekly or bi-weekly (depending on the mentee's years of service) and submit weekly meeting logs. Mentors should contact their Campus Mentor Coordinator for more details or email newteachersupport@saisd.net.
It is the policy of San Antonio ISD not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or disability in its vocational programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and SAISD's board policies DIA, FFH, and FFI. 

Es norma del distrito de San Antonio no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, religión, origen nacional, sexo, identidad de género, expresión de género, orientación sexual o discapacidad, en sus programas, servicios o actividades vocacionales, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda, y las pólizas DIA, FFH, y FFI de la mesa directiva de SAISD.

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