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Sacramento County Office of Education Sacramento County Office of Education

Teacher Induction Program Wins Prestigious Award

Golden Bell Recognizes Professional Learning Website for New Teachers

The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) Teacher Induction (SCOE TI) program has won a Golden Bell Award for the "SCOE Dashboard" component of its website. The highly respected award (in the "Professional Development and Teacher Recruitment/Retention" category) will be presented by the California School Boards Association (CSBA) during a luncheon at its upcoming Education Conference in San Francisco on December 3.

The "SCOE Dashboard" provides new teachers with timely resources, online professional learning, and targeted feedback. The system generates electronic portfolios that mentors can review with their teachers and that SCOE TI can use as evidence when recommending that a teacher receive his or her clear credential. The Teacher Induction program worked with SCOE's Internet Media Services team to develop a flexible site that will accommodate changes to induction standards and technology.

"Our Board of Education has always strongly supported the innovative use of technology," said Sacramento County Board of Education President Jacquelyn Levy. "The website supports teacher retention and professional growth for our region's most promising new teachers and promotes every student's access to an effective teacher."

"Our goal is to support teacher candidates and help them work creatively and collaboratively with their mentors to better serve students and families," said David W. Gordon, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools. "This online program helps guide teachers along the path from novice to veteran."

"The Dashboard was very user friendly, helped me to keep track of my progress, helped me to stay organized, and I liked how the forms and tools were easily accessible," said Twin Rivers Unified School District teacher Scott J., who participated in the induction program. "It made my work easier and allowed me more time to focus on my students."

The Teacher Induction program, part of the SCOE School of Education, was previously known as the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) Consortium. For more information, e-mail or call Marty Martinez, Ed.D.: (916) 228-2236.

Previous Golden Bell Awards

This is the tenth Golden Bell Award SCOE has earned. CSBA previously recognized:

  • Foster Focus (2015)—helps foster youth stay connected with school [News Story]
  • Preschool Bridging Model (PBM) Plus (2014)—enhances the quality of child care for young children [News Story]
  • Leadership Institute (2013)—collaboration with local districts to prepare aspiring education leaders [News Story]
  • U.S.A. Learns (2012)—online interactive English language learning website developed by IMS [News Story]
  • Project MOVE (2011)—program to improve functional mobility skills for children and adults with severe physical disabilities [News Story]
  • LINKS (2010)—career technical education model tailored to individual students' needs [News Story]
  • ROP Manufacturing Technology/Welding Program (2008)—career technical program located at the now closed Carson Creek Jr./Sr. High School at the former Sacramento County Boys Ranch [News Story]
  • Outreach Construction Technology Program (1999)—career technical partnership with local businesses [News Story]
  • Linkage to Education (1992)—program for Juvenile Court Schools students

Screenshot showing SCOE Dashboard website