• Supporting Delaware’s newest educators is essential to ensuring all of Delaware’s students receive a quality education and are college and/or career ready. By providing comprehensive support to our newest educators, the Delaware Department of Education, school districts, and charter schools can work together towards increasing educator retention rates; improving professional practices of both new and veteran educators, and most importantly, having positive effects on student achievement.

    The purpose of the Comprehensive Induction Program is to provide new educators with the support necessary to become familiar with school and district policies, hone their professional skills, help them evaluate and reflect on their own professional performance and develop an individualized growth plan to improve their effectiveness.

    Delaware provides a three (3) year mentoring and induction process for educators new to the profession, including School Nurses . The Comprehensive Induction Program for New School Nurses  is divided into four Mentoring Experiences (MEs) and strives to meet the following goals:

    1. Provide the new nurse with a Mentor. The Mentor helps the new staff member become familiar with school, district, and state resources, procedures, and policies.
    2. Assure a seamless alignment between the components of the Delaware Professional Appraisal System II (DPAS II) and the Comprehensive Induction Program.
    3. Build reflective practitioners who are able to review their present level of professional performance and use that data to set goals for future professional development.
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