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ERIC Number: EJ819687
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1361-1267
The Aspiring Superintendents' Study Group: Investigating a Mentoring Network for School Leaders
Kamler, Estelle
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v14 n3 p297-316 Aug 2006
The graying of the superintendency, a diminished talent pool, and lack of diversity have prompted American educators to develop innovative strategies that encourage, support and prepare school leaders for the superintendency. For instance, in Nassau County, Long Island, New York, the superintendents' council, in affiliation with the regional school leadership center and a local university, developed an inclusive mentoring network called the Aspiring Superintendents' Study Group. This collaborative structure was designed to tap promising leaders and promote their interest in becoming superintendents. As the coordinator of this study group I employed various qualitative data collection methods, including observation, open-ended questionnaires and interviews, to gauge the effectiveness of the program. A detailed account of the participants' perceptions emphasizes the need for such networks to expand the field of candidates and, in particular, increase access to the superintendency for women and minorities. In addition, the study group design and mentoring insights can be applied to other settings in which there is a desire to establish an alternative mentoring framework. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York