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ERIC Number: ED451171
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 14
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Developing School Leaders through Collaboration and Mentoring: Planning for Success.
Bruckner, Martha
This paper describes the importance of sharing the responsibility for developing quality school leaders. Potential and beginning administrators need a powerful support system, and mentors can be very helpful. Administrators need many practical experiences in order to develop necessary competencies and attitudes. At the University of Nebraska at Omaha, graduate students in educational administration are required to select a resource mentor (a practicing school administrator) at the beginning of each semester. Resource mentor activities are tied to national program standards for educational administration. Mentors and students sign contract-like formal agreements. Resource mentors recommend professional growth activities for students and help them select real-life projects. Students have to work with mentors on at least one course assignment. At the end of each school year, mentors and students attend a conference at which they share successes. Students and mentors completed surveys at the end of the first year and will continue in the future. Program revisions will be based on assessment data. As part of continuing program development, performance portfolios have been incorporated in which students must evaluate their administrative skills at the beginning, middle, and end of their program and collect evidence of administrative training experiences. (Contains 30 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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