Why mentorship matters
October 4, 2017
District and school administrators are expected to be great leaders from day one, but this is not always realistic as professionals find their bearings and gather the resources they need to keep learning and growing.
What can a mentor do for you?
How to foster a successful relationship with a mentor
- Are there any topics or questions your mentor is not comfortable discussing?
- How much time do they have to devote to correspondence?
- What great challenges have they faced in the world of education?
- What kinds of surprising things have they learned in facing these issues?
- How might your role be different from what theirs is/was?
- How did they utilize ACSA’s services, professional development events, etc, to get the most out of their career?
How to find a mentor
In their first two years in a new administrative position, ACSA members are eligible to be paired up with a skilled, experienced mentor with the goal of building a positive professional relationship. Mentors have often retired administrators who want to give back to the field of education.
Having received incredibly positive feedback in the second year, ACSA’s Mentorship Program has proven to be one of our most successful personal development initiatives. There are now more than 70 mentor/protégé relationships, which are overseen by regional facilitators. ACSA’s Mentorship Program:
- Is confidential and informal.
- Offers practical support and collegial collaboration.
- Offers on-the-job communication that fits real situations.
- Is guided by Regional Facilitators whose goal is to improve your experience.
- Uses operational, technical, and managerial goals to improve the effectiveness of leadership in administration, thereby increasing student success and protecting the valuable investment that is administrative personnel.