ERIC Number: EJ844951
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 0
Growing Your Own versus Mentoring
Gibbs, Greg K.
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v2 n2 p32-33 Sum 2005
With the current scarcity of qualified administrative candidates, the author hears many districts talking of "growing their own" administrators. The current practice of "growing your own" appears to be largely driven by specific district needs and finding someone who can best fill those needs in a timely fashion. Minor grooming and limited training is done to help that individual fill a given situation or need that the district requires. Growing your own certainly does have promise, but an effort to create a plan that is open, all encompassing and truly accepting to all, is key. Such a plan includes a component that develops and nurtures talented educators within the district who may be overlooked. A stronger working relationship between the university and the school district could easily help both parties nurture and mentor educational leaders that will be ready and willing to fill future openings.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Job Training, Mentors, Administrators, School Districts, Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, Education Work Relationship, Internship Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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