Develop a sustainable principal mentoring program that produces effective school leaders, high retention rates, and supportive mentoring relationshipswithout a lot of extra costs, paperwork, or time!
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About the Author
Carl J. Weingartner has been an educator for over 46 years. He taught 11 years at the junior high and elementary levels in Gallup-Mc Kinley County School District, Gallup, NM, Midwest City/Del City School District, Midwest City, OK and Albuquerque Public Schools District, Albuquerque, NM. He served as a junior high and elementary principal for 22 years in the Albuquerque Public Schools. He considers himself a practitioner rather than a researcher.
In 1994, he was contracted by the Albuquerque Public Schools on a part-time basis to establish and coordinate the Extra Support for Principals mentor program for first-year principals. The program has involved and supported over 210 first-year principals. He has become active in promoting mentor programs across the nation by writing and contributing to several organizational Web sites. He has written or contributed to articles and books for the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National School Boards Association, the George Lucas Educational Foundation, and to the works of independent authors. He has been asked to advise or consult with over 65 individuals or institutions across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
He has been active during his professional career in promoting education and the principalship. He served as president of several educational organizations including the National Association of Elementary School Principals/SCA-Zone VIII, the New Mexico Association of Elementary School Principals, and the Albuquerque Public Schools Principals Association. He held several offices and served on executive boards and principal committees at the national, zone, state, and district levels. Weingartner has been a member of National Association of Elementary School Principals throughout his career as a principal and has maintained his membership since his retirement in 1994. He has received honors and recognitions, including the “National Distinguished Principal Award” from the US Department of Education in 1987. He has received “Outstanding School Administrator Awards” from the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Elementary School Principals-Zone VIII, the New Mexico Association of Elementary School Principals and the New Mexico School Administrators Association. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from East Central State University at Ada, Oklahoma. His postgraduate work in school administration was completed at the University of New Mexico.
Table of Contents
Foreword by John C. DareshPrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorIntroduction1. 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 Reading2. The Beginning of a Mentor Program APS District Demographics The Birth of the Albuquerque Mentor Program Budget Justification Selecting a Coordinator Key Points Recommended Readings3. 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 Readings4. 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 Readings5. Simple Program Enhancements Make a Difference Congratulate Celebrate Communicate Appreciate The Morale Factor Scenarios: Extra Support for Supporters Key Points Recommended Readings6. 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 Reading7. The Accountability Factor End-of-the-Year Evaluations Alternative Assessments Program Evaluations ESP Ten-Year Program Assessment (1995-2005) Key Points Recommended Readings8. 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 Simplicity Level-to-Level Mentoring Communicate, Communicate, Communicate Scenario: A Mentor's Wisdom Key Points Recommended Readings9. 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 Readings10. 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 Readings11. ReflectionsReferencesIndex