SCOE’s Human Resources department serves as a professional resource for districts regarding employment issues and is committed to providing services that help Sonoma County schools meet their human resources needs.
SCOE provides an administrator recruiting service for districts seeking principals and school boards seeking candidates to fill superintendent vacancies. We work collaboratively with contracting districts throughout the recruitment process to ensure that local needs are met and all stakeholders have input to the process. All administrative details – application processing, placement of advertisements, interview scheduling, reference checking – can be handled by SCOE staff. If a new administrator is selected for a district, SCOE can provide a mentor to ease the transition to this critically important role. See this brochure (pdf) or contact John Laughlin, 524-2729 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Teacher Induction Program
The North Coast Teacher Induction Program provides support to new teachers and individuals seeking to become teachers. It is a regional consortium serving Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Solano, and Sonoma counties. The NCBTP office is housed at SCOE. Note that the Teacher Induction Programs were previously known as Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment, or BTSA.
CalSTRS Counseling Office
Call (800) 228-5453 to contact or make an appointment with a California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) counselor. STRS counselors have offices at the Sonoma County Office of Education, but they are contacted via the 800 number.
As required by law, the credentials of all Sonoma County teachers and school administrators must be registered in the county where they are employed. Today, much of the credential registration process occurs electronically. For local educators who need assistance applying for or renewing credentials, SCOE houses an onsite Credentials office. Credential technicians are also available to work with districts and charter schools to ensure that all employed teachers hold the proper credentials for their position. Training and technical assistance on credentialing issues are available.
SCOE provides a LiveScan Fingerprinting Service to assist districts in meeting state requirements for security screening of employees. We have also developed model guidelines for fingerprinting school volunteers, established half-price volunteer fingerprinting days, and formed a consortium to ensure more reliable volunteer security checks.
Human Resources Training & Assistance
SCOE supports districts in key personnel matters by hosting quarterly meetings on human resources issues, assisting with reclassification studies, and working one-on-one with district staff on employment issues. Workshops on topics such as employee retirement, credentialing, performance evaluation, recognizing fraudulent identification, and documenting unsatisfactory employee performance are scheduled in response to district needs.
Professional Growth Advisement
SCOE provides free professional growth advisement to teachers holding professional clear credentials who do not have an advisor in their district.
Substitute Teacher Registration
The Human Resources department maintains a centralized substitute teacher database and individuals interested in substitute teaching in Sonoma County must register at SCOE. Applicants must hold a current, valid teaching credential or obtain an Emergency 30-Day Substitute Permit. Information sessions are held to explain the permit process and other requirements for substitute teaching. See our Substitute Teaching resource page for more information.