ERIC Number: ED457535
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Principal Mentoring. ERIC Digest.
Malone, Robert J.
To help new principals succeed, school districts are capitalizing on senior administrators' expertise by adding mentor programs to the practical training programs for beginning principals. This digest examines the nature of mentorships and discusses how they can prepare principals for the next stage of their careers. Although mentoring has existed for millennia, it is only in the last 30 years that mentor-protege relationships have received increasing academic and professional interest. Increasing evidence suggests that matching an intern to the appropriate school and to the right mentor are critical components of the intern's education. Some examples of principal-mentoring programs are Albuquerque Public Schools' Extra Support for Principals (ESP), programs at the Southern Regional Education Board's Leadership Academy, and Growing Our Own in Santa Cruz County, California. Challenges to mentor-protege relationships include artificially constructed relationships, and race and gender issues. Tools such as the Mentor Identification Instrument and the Haberman Urban Principal Selection Interview have been developed to help identify good mentor-mentee matches. Formal mentoring programs vary in duration from fewer than 165 hours to more than 632 hours of internship. Mentoring programs are also useful in preparing new principals to become mentors in their own right. (Contains 11 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Administrator Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Management Development, Mentors, Principals
ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, 5207 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-5207. Tel: 800-438-8841 (Toll Free); Fax: 541-346-2334. For full text: http://eric.uoregon.edu.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.