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ERIC Number: EJ833262
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Dear Gayle, Dear Sheryl: Using E-Mail for a Principal Mentorship
Boris-Schacter, Sheryl; Vonasek, Gayle
Phi Delta Kappan, v90 n7 p490-494 Mar 2009
A little over a year ago, Sheryl, one of the authors, became a principal for the first time. Her transformation from education professor to elementary principal represented a significant and unusual career progression. Gayle, one of the authors and an elementary school principal for 11 years and a curriculum specialist and classroom teacher for more than two decades, became Sheryl's mentor. This article describes how they navigated their mentor-mentee relationship through e-mail exchanges. The authors discovered that a steady stream of e-mail communication containing necessary knowledge, authentic feedback, and mutual and sincere caring can build a strong foundation for an effective mentorship. School districts should not underestimate the support e-mail mentoring can provide for novice principals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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