Designing the Individualized Residency Plan
The mentor is ultimately responsible for developing and supervising an Individualized Residency Plan (IRP). It is emphasized, however, that the plan will be developed through a collaborative, diagnostic process to identify priorities based on the unique needs of the resident. The plan should be informed by a leadership-based pre-residency self-assessment.
The plan will reflect the resident’s background in leadership, management, and teaching experience. It will be required to meet the following criteria:
- Individualized and personalized, based on previous experiences, the needs of the resident; job embedded issues, the pre-residency assessment, and self-reflection;
- Aligned with the new leadership standards;
- Reference activities to ensure familiarity with and applications of New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers as defined in N.J.A.C. 6A:9-3.3 and the New Jersey Standards for Professional Learning as defined inN.J.A.C. 6A:9C-3.3;
- Relevant; ensure the plan is connected clearly to the daily realities of the resident and the needs of the school system. This criteria will be met by structuring the action plan around the domains of practice and calendar cycles of New Jersey schools;
- Informed by pre-residency assessments;
- Accountable, with clear learning goals for each resident;
Shared; if the resident is a superintendent, the mentor will share the plan with the board of education. If the resident is an assistant superintendent or director, the plan will be shared with the superintendent as the resident’s immediate supervisor.