The primary expectation of a coach is to provide support to the instructional mentors in a manner that would help move their practice forward. Having the relevant competence or experience to work with mentors is important, it requires the coach to have a good understanding of all the mentor tools being used and language skills needed to guide conversations in a productive direction. The effectiveness of a coach is directly related to how well they are able to foster a working relationship with their mentors.
- Providing guidelines for distance mentoring.
- Encouraging the use of Mentor Standards when setting goals.
- Providing insight regarding logistics of placement/travel/workload.
- Continue the “Alaskanization” of professional development materials to include Alaska’s diversity, social/emotional components, and special populations.
- Providing monthly submissions of mentor collaborates to Project Administrators.
- Communicating with assigned mentors at least once every month regarding concerns or issues involving travel, challenges, appropriate resources, distance mentoring, etc.