Principal Mentoring

PRINCIPAL MENTOR PROGRAM

Leadership with a WE Attitude


 

RESULTS YOU CAN SEE

TRUST Trusted relationships with staff, students and parents
EMPHASIS ON STUDENTS Increased emphasis on student learning & continuous improvement
LEADERSHIP Confident, proactive, successful school leaders
TEAMWORK Teamwork developed across school environment
SKILLS Stronger time management skills
NEEDS Emphasis on social-emotional needs of principal, staff and students
SCHOOL CULTURE Improved school culture
EFFECTIVENESS Effective day-to-day operations
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Strong support of professional development for all staff
LESS TURNOVER Lower principal turnover rate

 


PROGRAM BENEFITS: FIRST-YEAR PRINCIPALS and ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS

  • 50 Hours of Quality 1:1 Mentoring Time
  • 1  Free Administrator Academy - $225 Value
  • 3  Half-Days of Professional Development for the New Principal

Our First-Year Principal and Assistant Principal Mentor Program cultivates student success by focusing on BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS, developing INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP, and strengthening SYSTEMS and OPERATIONS. Carefully selected mentors assist principals with responding to real-life challenges and the daily stresses of being building leaders.

Each new principal works with an experienced and accomplished mentor with similar professional experience for a minimum of 50 hours over the course of the first year. These 50 hours of mentoring support consist of direct, face-to-face meetings between the mentor and mentee, opportunities for the mentor to observe the new principal in the school setting at staff meetings, etc., e-mail and phone call correspondence, attendance at New Principal-Mentor meetings held at North Cook ISC, and networking opportunities. Mentees may use the hours spent in the program toward their professional development licensure renewal requirements. 

The cost to the district is $3,000 for each first-year principal or assistant principal.


PROGRAM BENEFITS: SECOND-YEAR PRINCIPALS

  • 25 Hours of Quality 1:1 Mentoring Time
  • 1  Free Administrator Academy - $225 Value
  • 3  Half-Days of Professional Development for the Second-Year Principal

In our second-year program, principals continue to work with their established mentor for another year when the focus is to hone LEADERSHIP SKILLS, advance GROWTH and INNOVATION, and define SPECIFIC GOALS and ACTION PLANS.

A minimum of 25 hours is spent throughout the school year in face-to-face meetings, phone call and email correspondence, networking meetings, and attendance at North Cook ISC Mentoring meetings. Mentees may use the hours spent in the program toward their professional development licensure renewal requirements. 

The cost to the district is $1,500 for each second-year principal.

 


 
"My mentor advised me on strategies for communicating with parents and staff, professional development, time management, teacher evaluation and difficult conversations."
 
"My mentor worked with me to give me the tools to be a better communicator and decision-maker by providing possible language to use and even role playing scenarios. She also provided me with an unbiased listening ear, especially when I was feeling stressed or working on a tough issue."
 
"Through a combination of reading, professional conversations and lots of observation, I learned a tremendous amount about best practice curriculum and instruction. I also learned about myself and my educational and leadership philosophies in action. It was powerful to be able to apply these ideologies in practice and see their impact within our school community." 
 
"My mentor spent a lot of time listening to me talk about my feelings, successes, and frustrations, experiences I was having, and things I had planned for my building. She gave suggestions for strategies to use and staff activities that might help me best achieve my goal. She shared her own experiences as well...that paralleled my experiences. She provided me with positive feedback on [my] decisions....and provided suggestions for improvements I could make in future situations."
 
"Not only did the North Cook ISC Mentor Program highlight common experiences of new and seasoned school leaders, but also provided me the opportunity for reflection, which we rarely lend ourselves, and supplemented my ability to plan strategically. Sharing my experiences through the Mentor Program validated some of my feelings and decisions throughout the year and also gifted me with perspective on the differences and similarities across districts. As a result, I feel more secure in my vision and decisions I've made and energized for the year to come!"
 
 
 

Principal Mentoring Program Contact:

Dr. Diane Betts

North Cook ISC – Region 5

Tel: 847-824-8300 x230

Email: dbetts@ncisc.org

 

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