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Principal Mentoring

Principal Mentoring
A Safe, Simple, and Supportive Approach

Foreword by John C. Daresh


December 2008 | 128 pages | Corwin

Published in Association with National Staff Development Council

"Weingartner practices what he preaches. He shares lessons learned from his many years of running one of the most successful principal mentoring programs in the nation. His practical and straightforward approach is grounded in the day-to-day realities and exigencies of the school principal."
—Lois J. Zachary, President
Leadership Development Services

Develop a principal mentoring program that produces effective leaders and high retention rates!

Responding to a critical shortage of school leaders, this timely and invaluable resource offers a mentoring approach that supports new principals' professional development while helping reduce the stress-and-burnout pattern that is common for many school administrators.

Based on years of successful experience, Carl J. Weingartner shows school and district leaders how to design a sustainable, adaptable principal mentoring program for urban, suburban, and rural schools—without a lot of extra costs, paperwork, or time. This book offers guidelines for recruiting, supporting, and retaining effective principals and methods for helping novice principals achieve success in areas such as improving curriculum and student achievement. The book also covers:

  • Developing supportive mentoring relationships
  • Assisting new administrators with individual professional growth plans
  • Advising on district mandates, operational/funding issues, and standards
  • Fostering effective time management, communication, and self-evaluation skills

Offering a total support system for new principals, this mentoring guide provides a proven road map for a principal mentoring plan that builds strong schoolwide leadership.

Foreword by John C. Daresh
About the Author
1. Advocating for the Beginning Principal
Why Mentoring in Our District?  
The Anatomy of a Beginning Principal  
Professional Organizations  
Scenario: Sharing the Wealth  
Key Points  
Recommended Reading  
2. The Beginning of a Mentor Program
APS District Demographics  
The Birth of the Albuquerque Mentor Program  
Budget Justification  
Selecting a Coordinator  
Key Points  
Recommended Readings  
3. A Work in Process
The First Stages of Development  
Vision and Mission Statements  
Program Guidelines  
Job Descriptions  
Program Process  
A Total Support System for New Principals  
Key Points  
Recommended Readings  
4. Program Implementation
Step 1. The Process Begins  
Step 2. The Initial Coordinator-Mentee Meeting  
Step 3. Conferring With the Mentor  
Step 4. The Planning Session  
Step 5. The Other 5 Percent  
Key Points  
Recommended Readings  
5. Simple Program Enhancements Make a Difference
The Morale Factor  
Scenarios: Extra Support for Supporters  
Key Points  
Recommended Readings  
6. Applying the Mentoring Concept to Small School Districts
Organize a Study Committee  
Purpose of the Study Committee  
Scenario: A Simple Form of Mentoring  
Key Points  
Recommended Reading  
7. The Accountability Factor
End-of-the-Year Evaluations  
Alternative Assessments  
Program Evaluations  
ESP Ten-Year Program Assessment (1995-2005)  
Key Points  
Recommended Readings  
8. The Art of Mentoring the Beginning Principal
Concepts for Effective Mentoring  
Establishing the Mentor Pool  
Suggestions for Mentors Working With Mentees  
Mentoring Versus Coaching  
A Coaching Concept  
Level-to-Level Mentoring  
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate  
Scenario: A Mentor's Wisdom  
Key Points  
Recommended Readings  
9. Finding Time to Become an Instructional Leader
It's a Matter of Time  
Time Management Suggestions  
The Importance of Strong Instructional Leadership  
Demographic Data for Instructional Implementation  
The Evaluation Process  
Scenario: Reciprocal Mentoring  
Key Points  
References and Recommended Readings  
10. Caution, Pitfalls Ahead!
It's About Time  
The Funding Dilemma  
Plan, Plan, Plan  
Do Not Take Stress and Burnout Lightly  
Scenario: A Heavy Load  
Superintendents and Upper-Level Administration  
Scenario: Solve the Problem  
Key Points  
References and Recommended Readings  
11. Reflections

"Carl Weingartner is one of the leaders in the field of mentoring programs for new principals. He shares his thinking about mentoring, materials he used in his program for over 10 years, and stories of mentoring that exemplify the ideas he discusses.”

Susan Villani, Senior Program/Research Associate
Learning Innovations at WestEd

"Weingartner practices what he preaches, and in this volume he shares lessons learned from his many years of running one of the most successful principal mentoring programs in the nation. His practical and straightforward approach is grounded in the day-to-day realities and exigencies of the school principal.”

Lois J. Zachary, President
Leadership Development Services

"Weingartner has been an outstanding professional for over 30 years, and he has done an exemplary job in developing and implementing this mentoring program. I would have liked to have had a program such as this in the beginning years of my experience as a principal."

John B. Mondragón, Professor Emeritus
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

"Provides a rich description of the ins and outs of developing, delivering, and monitoring mentoring programs for beginning principals. Not only will these insights assist staff developers in improving their programs, but beginning principals will learn how to better manage their time, become more involved in curriculum and instruction, and reduce their stress and tendency to burn out from the hectic pace of the job.”

Bruce Barnett, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
University of Texas at San Antonio

adopted the book - "The Portable Mentor" which was a better alignment

Mr Jim Bagniewski
School Of Education, Viterbo University
January 4, 2010
Key features
  • Focuses on mentoring with chapter-by-chapter summaries
  • Features recruitment and retention as key themes
  • Includes case scenarios
  • Incorporates charts, graphics and points of interest in the pedagogy

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