§ 49.16. Approval of induction plans.
(a) Each school entity shall submit to the Department for approval a plan for a 2-year induction experience for first-year teachers (including teachers in prekindergarten programs, when offered) and educational specialists. Long-term substitutes who are hired for a position for 45 days or more also shall be included in a school entitys induction plan and shall participate in an induction experience for the period of time in which they serve in that capacity. The induction plan shall be submitted every 6 years as required under § 4.13(b) (relating to strategic plans). The induction plan shall be prepared by teacher or educational specialist representatives, or both, chosen by teachers and educational specialists and administrative representatives chosen by the administrative personnel of the school entity. Newly employed professional personnel with prior school teaching experience may be required by the school entity to participate in an induction program. A school entity shall make its induction plan available for public inspection and comment for a minimum of 28 days prior to approval of the plan by the school entitys governing board and submission of the plan to the Department.
(b) The Department will establish guidelines and will review for approval induction plans submitted by school entities.
(c) Induction plan guidelines shall include professional ethics, and culturally relevant and sustaining education as determined by the Secretary.
(d) The induction plan shall reflect a mentor relationship between the first-year teacher, long-term substitute or educational specialist, teacher educator and the induction team.
(e) Criteria for approval of the induction plans will be established by the Secretary in consultation with the Board and must include induction activities that focus on teaching diverse learners in inclusive settings.
The provisions of this § 49.16 issued under sections 202, 408.1, 1302 and 13171320 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. § § 62, 118.1 (Repealed), 352 and 367370 (Repealed)).
The provisions of this § 49.16 adopted January 25, 1985, effective June 1, 1987, 15 Pa.B. 245; readopted May 29, 1992, effective May 30, 1992, 22 Pa. B. 2824; amended September 24, 1999, effective September 25, 1999, 29 Pa.B. 4954; amended July 14, 2006, effective July 15, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 3655; amended September 21, 2007, effective September 22, 2007, 37 Pa.B. 5150; amended July 15, 2016, effective July 16, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 3815; amended April 22, 2022, effective April 23, 2022, 52 Pa.B. 2451. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (382431) to (382432).
This section cited in 22 Pa. Code § 4.13 (relating to strategic plans); and 22 Pa. Code § 405.64 (relating to teacher induction plans and evaluations).
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