Desert Sands's Peer Assistance and Induction

Peer Assistance and Induction

Peer Assistance & Review (PAR):

“Peer Assistance and Review” in Desert Sands is described in Appendix D of the DSUSD/DSTA Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Peer assistance is required of permanent certificated employees receiving two (2) areas of unsatisfactory performance on summative professional evaluations, or available when teachers self-refer to the district’s PAR Council.  PAR support involves individualized coaching focused on instructional practice to address areas of improvement identified in administrators’ action plans.


Desert Sands implements innovative teacher induction (formerly BTSA) through recruiting, training, and rotating a pool of highly qualified coaches. Working in conjunction with the Center for Teacher Innovation (CTI) in the Riverside County Office of Education, eligible credential candidates complete a two-year job-embedded induction program with an assigned coach, structured around the California Standards for the Teaching Profession, and monitored by CTI and the District's Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Council.

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