ERIC Number: ED455075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
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Mentorship & the Development of Rural Leadership.
Borden-Ballard, Elaine M.; Sinclair, Glenn Wm.
Drawing on the experience of a 21-year mentoring relationship between two rural school administrators, this paper describes 11 components of an effective working mentorship. These elements are: establishing the relationship, the communications process, setting goals, determining skills, time commitment, broadening the protege's horizons, additional benefits to the protege, types and extent of interventions, leadership versus teamwork, linkages and connections, and benefits to the organization. This experience reflects current trends in the business community in which job-embedded learning, which includes mentoring, is considered to be a new paradigm for staff development. There is a need to develop more formal recognition of mentoring as a tool or avenue within a rural administrator's professional development program. Mentoring presents educators with an alternative to workshop-based professional development and other more traditional inservice learning programs and is more relevant to the situation of rural administrators and educators. The real challenge, however, is to find the way by which this entire activity can be incorporated into the academic accreditation process in a manner similar to that utilized by proponents of prior learning assessment. (Contains 46 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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