Mentoring Guidance for Instructional Specialists
This link is provided to assist your district/charter school in the assigning of mentoring for Instructional Specialists.
Generally, an Instructional Specialist is a teacher with experience transfering into a different category of work. Delaware does not have a certificate for this position; however, in recent years many teachers have stepped into this teacher leadership position. Under the current regulations, such a move is considered a lateral move, for example moving from a teacher to administrator position. Such a move requires a one-year mentoring period.
Mentoring for the one-year period will be outlined hours focused on working with adult learners. (link to assignments coming soon). During this time, the site may or may not assign a trained mentor in this area to support the Instructional Specialist through observations and conversations.
To provide a more in-depth definition of the elements of performance for Instructional Specialists, evidence of their practice, and questions that can be used to promote discussion between the Instructional Specialist and their mentor or administrator, please follow this link (link to Component text and guiding questions coming soon)