Looks at mentoring programs in two school districts -- Jefferson County, Kentucky, Public Schools and New York City -- and proposes quality guidelines for states and districts thinking about adopting new programs or improving existing ones.
- Successful Strategy: States and school districts are recognizing the need for on-the-job training for principals, as evidenced by the implementation of teacher mentoring programs.
- Observation: High-quality training for mentors should be required.
- Observation: Meaningful information about the efficacy of mentoring should be gathered.
- Observation: Mentoring should be provided for a minimum of one year, and ideally two or more years.
- Observation: Funding should be sufficient to provide quality training and stipends, and available long enough to provide a meaningful professional induction.
- Observation: The primary goal of training should be to provide new prinÃ‚Â¬cipals with the knowledge, skills, and courage to become leaders of change who put teaching and learning first in their schools.
- Challenge: Existing mentoring programs nationwide often are not effective in reaching their potential to prepare principals to be school leaders.