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14 DE Admin. Code 1503
The Professional Standards Board, acting in cooperation and consultation with the Department of Education, seeks the approval of the State Board of Education to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 1503 Educator Mentoring. This regulation concerns comprehensive induction program activities required of educators. It is necessary to amend this regulation due to changes to 14 Del.C. Ch. 12.
"Approved Comprehensive Induction Program" means all educator induction programs, including mentoring and professional development, approved by either the Department or the Standards Board to provide mentoring and professional development for educators.
"Contact Hours" means the face-to-face time a Mentor or Lead Mentor spends with his/her his or her mentee working specifically on mentoring activities.
“Department” means the Delaware Department of Education.
"DPAS DPAS II" means Delaware Performance Appraisal System II, an approved State educator performance evaluation system pursuant to 14 Del.C. Ch. 12, Subchapter VII.
Educator means a person licensed and certified by the State under 14 Del.C. Ch. 12, to engage in the practice of instruction, administration or other related professional support services in Delaware public schools, including charter schools, pursuant to rules and regulations promulgated by the Standards Board and approved by the State Board. For the purposes of this regulation, “the term educator” shall also include substitute teachers who are employed on long-term temporary contracts of ninety-one (91) days or longer in duration, with the intent or agreement to use the teaching experience to meet the alternative to the student teaching experience in the Initial License under 14 Del.C. §1210. This definition shall be construed to provide mentoring to long term substitute teachers who are currently working towards their Initial License.
Employing Authoritymeans any entity which employs educators, and includes, but is not limited to, school districts, charter schools, boards of directors, or and management companies.
Experienced Educator is an educator who holds a Continuing or Advanced License.
Lead Mentormeans a teacher, specialist, or administrator who holds a Continuing or Advanced License, has participated in the training approved by the Department for Lead Mentors, is employed by an employing authority as a Lead Mentor, and performs the duties and responsibilities assigned that position. Educators serving as Lead Mentors must be rated as Highly Effective or Effective in on DPAS II evaluations, or the equivalent thereof on a state-approved alternative educator evaluation system, and may not be on a DPAS II improvement plan, or the equivalent thereof in a state-approved alternative educator evaluation system.
License means a credential which authorizes the holder to engage in the practice for which the license is issued.
Mentor means an educator who holds a Continuing or Advanced License and has participated in the training for Mentors specified by the Department and the employing authority. Educators serving as Mentors must be rated as Highly Effective or Effective in on DPAS II evaluations, or the equivalent thereof on a state-approved alternative educator evaluation system, and may not be on a DPAS II Improvement Plan, or the equivalent thereof in a state-approved alternative educator evaluation system.
Mentoring means activities, training and service in mentoring support or assistance provided through a formally organized approved comprehensive induction program or such supplemental mentoring programs as required by regulation or by the educator's employing authority. Mentoring includes, but is not limited to the mentoring that occurs in the approved comprehensive induction programs required for educators during their three (3) year one (1) year Provisional Licensure period, followed by a four (4) year Initial Licensure period, a Continuing Licensure period, or any other mentoring program as required by law.
"New to a Category an Area" means that an educator has moved from the position of a teacher to the position of either a specialist or an administrator; has moved from the position of an administrator to the position of a teacher or a specialist; or has moved from the position of a specialist to the position of a teacher, an administrator, or to a different type of certificated specialist position. Examples include but are not limited to a teacher changing positions to a school nurse, or a teacher changing positions to a principal or assistant principal, or a school nurse changing positions to a school counselor, or a teacher changing positions to a school counselor.
New Novice Educator means an educator who holds a Provisional or an Initial License.
Site Coordinator” means an individual appointed by an employing authority to oversee a an approved comprehensive induction program.
"Specialist" is an educator other than a teacher or administrator and includes, but is not limited to, School Counselors, Library Media Specialists, School Psychologists, and School Nurses.
Standards Board means the Professional Standards Board established pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1201.
State Board means the State Board of Education of the State pursuant to 14 Del.C. §104.
3.1.1 The teachers’ program shall be aligned with Delaware Teaching Standards (INTASC), Danielson's (2007) "A Framework for Teaching" set forth in 14 DE Admin. Code 1597 Delaware Professional Teaching Standards and shall include training and support of the components of DPAS II or a state-approved alternative educator evaluation system, including descriptive, non-evaluative feedback.
3.1.2 The specialists’ program shall be aligned with applicable national specialist standards, Danielson's (2007) "A Framework for Teaching" and shall include training and support of the components of DPAS II or a state-approved alternative educator evaluation system, including descriptive, non-evaluative feedback.
3.1.3 The administrators’ program shall be based on 14 DE Admin. Code 1590 Delaware Administrator Standards, aligned with Danielson's (2007) "A Framework for Teaching" and shall include training and support of the components of DPAS II or a state-approved alternative educator evaluation system, including descriptive, non-evaluative feedback.
3.2.1 Each comprehensive induction program shall meet the requirements in the distinct mentoring programs as listed specified in Sections 4, 5 or 6 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, and 9.0 of this regulation.
3.3 Failure by an educator to successfully complete the requirements of the applicable comprehensive induction program an Approved Comprehensive Induction Program shall result in the denial of the Continuing License or suspension of the license as provided in 14 DE Admin. Code 1511 Issuance and Renewal of Continuing License.
3.4.2 A training program for Administrator Lead Mentors.
4.1 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1210(b) and 14 Del.C. §1210A(c), an educator who holds a Provisional License or an Initial License as his or her first license and intends to apply for an Initial License or a Continuing License shall complete the professional development and mentoring activities specified in subsection 4.2 of this regulation within the educator's first year of employment.
45.0 New Educator Mentoring Novice Educators in Their Second Year of Employment
45.1 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1210A(c), educators who hold an Initial License shall participate in comprehensive induction program activities approved by the Department. Each new educator shall at a minimum be assigned a Mentor for his or her first year on an active Initial License. an educator who holds an Initial License and intends to apply for a Continuing License shall complete the professional development and mentoring activities specified in subsection 5.2 of this regulation within the educator's second year of employment.
6.1 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1210A(c), an educator who holds an Initial License and intends to apply for a Continuing License shall complete the professional development and mentoring activities specified in subsection 6.2 of this regulation within the educator's third and fourth years of employment.
57.0 Experienced Educators New to the State of Delaware
7.1 Experienced educators new to the State of Delaware who hold a Continuing or Advanced License shall, within the first year of employment, participate in, and successfully complete, an approved comprehensive induction program consisting of at least thirty (30) documented hours targeted to the educator’s needs, which focuses on current best practices in curriculum, instruction and assessment aligned to state or national standards. The educator shall either:
68.0 Experienced Educators New to a Category an Area
68.1 Experienced educators who are new to a category an area shall, within the first year of employment, be assigned a Mentor, and participate in and complete an approved comprehensive induction program consisting of at least thirty (30) documented hours addressing the professional development and mentoring activities specified in subsection 8.2 of this regulation, which address the educator’s specific needs, and which focuses on current best practices in curriculum, instruction, assessment or a specialist's or an administrator's position within the district or charter school and is aligned to State and national standards.
79.0 Duties and Responsibilities of Mentors
79.1 Lead Mentors shall:
79.1.1 Complete the annual approval process as defined by the Department.
79.1.3 Teacher and Specialist Lead Mentors shall satisfactorily complete training in mentoring and coaching development approved by the Department for Lead Mentors. A minimum of one (1) Lead Mentor per district or charter school shall be trained in Danielson's (2007) "A Framework for Teaching" or the applicable Department approved specific specialist mentoring program.
79.1.4 Administrator Lead Mentors shall satisfactorily complete training in mentoring and coaching development approved by the Department and based on 14 DE Admin. Code 1590 Delaware Administrator Standards and aligned with Danielson's (2007) "A Framework for Teaching".
79.2 Educator Mentors shall:
79.2.1 Complete the annual approval process as defined by the Department, and.
79.2.2 Facilitate thirty (30) documented contact hours mentoring activities as specified in Sections 4.0, 5.0, and 8.0 of this regulation, which may include a combination of in school and after school time and virtual or electronic communication, with their mentees annually which are designed to help the new teacher or specialist acquire additional skills and knowledge appropriate to their specific positions, and.
79.2.3 Submit contact log documentation accounting for all mentoring activities provided during the specified time period to their coordinator Site Coordinator by January 15 and May 15. This documentation shall be forwarded to the Department by May 30.
79.2.4 Teacher and Specialist Mentors also shall:
79.2.4.1 Satisfactorily complete training in mentoring and coaching development aligned with Danielson's (2007) "A Framework for Teaching" or the appropriate Department approved specific teacher or specialist mentoring program provided by the Lead Mentors, and.
79.2.4.2 Attend structured meetings concerning the approved comprehensive induction program as directed by the employing authority.
79.2.5 Administrator Mentors also shall:
79.2.5.1 Satisfactorily complete training in mentoring and coaching development based on 14 DE Admin. Code 1590 Delaware Administrator Standards and aligned with Danielson's (2007) "A Framework for Teaching" and DPAS II or a state-approved alternative educator evaluation system, and.
79.2.5.2 Satisfactorily complete training in DPAS II or a state-approved alternative educator evaluation system, and.
79.2.5.3 Attend a minimum of three (3) structured meetings with mentees;, including but not limited to, team-level, school-level, district-level, and community-level meetings or events.
810.0 Payment of Salary Supplement
Mentors and Lead Mentors who are paid in accordance with the provisions of 14 Del.C. §1305 shall be paid an extra additional responsibility salary supplement annually, upon documentation of satisfactory fulfillment of duties and responsibilities, in accordance with the schedule adopted annually by the Standards Board, with concurrence of the State Board.
911.0 Reporting
The Department shall require and collect data used to evaluate the Approved Comprehensive Induction Program Programs and shall provide quarterly reports an annual presentation to the Professional Standards Board. These data will include at a minimum, an assessment of the implementation of the Approved Comprehensive Induction Program and Mentors' and Mentees' compliance and delivery.
Last Updated: December 31 1969 19:00:00.
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