Here, mentoring leads to mastery.

Mentoring Leads to Mastery 

NEW LEADERS MENTOR PROGRAM:  

Mentoring can be defined as an experienced person sharing their knowledge, skills knowledge, skills, and support with another person to help them to progress. 

Governors State University School of Extended Learning’s New Leaders Mentor Program (NLMP) provides a system of support to educational leaders who are new to their position.  (Principals, Directors, Coordinators, Deans, Instructional Coaches, etc.) Each new leader is matched one-on-one with an experienced administrator as their mentor who will work closely with the new administrator to help promote success. Mentoring services for the school year are hybrid and will run from August through May. Mentors will meet virtually with their proteges in their district or at an agreed location, for a minimum of 50 hours throughout the school year. New Leaders and Mentors also participate virtually in monthly professional development for discussions and presentations on topics relevant to their practice.  An Administrator Academy Course per school year is also offered.  NLMP is also approved by Illinois State Board of Education to offer new first and second year principals support at no cost to the district.

Some of the benefits of mentoring include:

  • Addresses the needs of newly appointed leaders
  • Promotes the success of new educational leaders
  • Fosters partnerships in problem solving and decision making
  • Exposure to ideas from different school systems
  • Develops a long lasting professional relationship

Costs*
District Participation Fee:      $500
New Leaders Mentor Fee:  $2,300 per person

*Contingent on continuous funding from Illinois State Board of Education, eligible first and second year principals may qualify to participate in the program at no cost to the district.

For more information contact Dr. Saundra R. Mickles at Smickles2@govst.edu or call 708.235.2827.

To participate: With superintendent’s approval, interested new leaders should complete and submit the application via the following link: https://forms.gle/LKaXfJi1V4kcHVtU7

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