Development Coaches Launched, and Other Race to the Top Updates
The Delaware Department of Education recently announced that the University of Delaware’s Delaware Academy for School Leadership (DASL) was awarded $3 million to lead implementation of Delaware’s development coach initiative.
Development coaches are a critical component of Delaware’s first place Race to the Top application. Twelve coaches will be responsible for working directly with principals and assistant principals in 4 to 7 schools each to ensure successful implementation of our DPAS II teacher evaluation system. Their primary goal is to ensure that teacher evaluations are conducted with rigor and accuracy within and across schools and, ultimately, improving instructional practices within classrooms.
Development coaches will be trained over the summer and will work with districts and charters over the course of two years, with the initiative concluding after the 2012-2013 school year.
Other announcements at the State Board meeting included:
- The completion of the interviews for the Delaware Leadership Project
- The review of applications for the Leadership Coaches initiative
- Hiring underway for data coaches and the State Board Executive Director
- Final Race to the Top district plansare due June 1, with notification of funding soon after