Teacher Induction Program (TIP)


Robert Sahli
(209) 331-7037

Edna Lawson
Administrative Secretary
(209) 331-8148



The Lodi Unified School District Teacher Induction Program (TIP) provides a two year individualized, job-embedded system of mentoring, support and professional learning for preliminary credential holders that leads to a Clear Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Educational Specialist Credential. Through the support of mentors, candidates apply the learning acquired in teacher preparation to the realities of daily classroom teaching. Using the Teacher Induction formative assessment system, candidates become reflective teachers, build collaborative relationships, and develop sound pedagogical practices and competencies that advance student learning.

Each candidate is matched within the first 30 days with a highly qualified mentor who will work with them a minimum of one hour a week to develop and refine strong teaching skills by looking at evidence and reflecting on his/her  practice as it relates to the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP).

If you are a new teacher to Lodi Unified, please click here to complete the credential information form or call the Professional Development office at(209) 331-8148, or email Edna Lawson at emlawson@lodiusd.net


For Teachers

  • Mentoring Support
  • Seminar Support
  • Professional Development
  • Units available
  • Requirements for clear credential

For Administrators

  • Preparation and Retention of qualified teachers
  • Access to support
  • Increased student achievement

Additional Resources for Induction

Lodiusd TIP Flow Chart

Graphic of TIP Flow Chart


Am I required to enroll in an induction program?
Califoria law requires new teachers to complete a two-year induction program in order to receive a clear credential. Lodi Unified is approved by the CTC to offer a program for teachers to Clear Multiple/Single Subject or Education Specialist Credentials.  

How do I know if I’m eligible for the TiP program?
To be eligible for the Teacher Induction Program (TIP) you must have completed a University/College or Intern teacher preparation program and have received your preliminary teaching credential. You should enroll in an induction program in your first year of teaching.

What does the program provide?

  • All requirements for a Clear credential
  • Opportunities to become “Common Core ready,” to explore classroom management, effective strategies, and to become familiar with the ELD Standards and Special Population strategies and support
  • Support and ongoing coaching from a trained mentor using a formative assessment system
  • Participation in a community of learners who are focused on improving their teaching skills

How do I enroll in TIP?
You need to contact the coordinator of TIP to check eligibility for enrollment.  If eligible, you will be enrolled in the program and receive a schedule of trainings and be assigned a mentor.  

Interested in being a Mentor in our TIP Program?
Please email Robert Sahli at  rsahli@lodiusd.net or call (209)331-7037

Are there other ways to get involved in TIP to support new teachers other than be a Mentor?
Yes, we are always looking for amazing individuals to support Candidates in training. Please submit a proposal to be considered as a presenter in our upcoming trainings. Click link HERE to get started.

Program Completion Requirements

LodiUSD Teacher Induction Program offers enrolled candidates a clearly defined set of requirements for admission and successful completion of its teacher induction program.  Click the image below for a full description of requirements:

Thumbnail of TIP Completion Requirements Document


Grievance/Appeal Process

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CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Click on the graphic below to view the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing Home Page
CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing Homepage Graphic link