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- Lead schools in a way that places student and adult learning at the center.
- Set high expectations and standards for the academic, social, emotional and physical development of all students.
- Demand content and instruction that ensure student achievement of agreed-upon standards.
- Create a culture of continuous learning for adults tied to student learning and other school goals.
- Manage data and knowledge to inform decisions and measure progress of student, adult and school performance.
- Actively engage the community to create a shared responsibility for student performance and development.
- Hire trained mentors through the Vermont Principals’ Association
- Hire private consultants with mentoring skills
- Assign mentors from within the district who the superintendent certifies as having met all the mentor competencies and is able to mentor effectively.
Trained Mentor Benefits
- Provide day-to-day coaching and feedback
- Provide structured learning opportunities
- Help shape beliefs about change, learning, relationships, and ethical leadership practices
- Have high standards and expectations for performance
- Provide support in developing problem solving skills
- Offer real world leadership experiences
- Have knowledge, time and commitment
- Share research based competencies known to improve student learning
- Have access to resources and a work of other trained mentors
NAESP National Mentor Certification Program
- An effective mentor sets high expectations for self-development in high quality professional opportunities.
- An effective mentor has knowledge of and utilizes mentoring and coaching best practices.
- An effective mentor is active in instructional leadership.
- An effective mentor respects confidentiality and a code of ethics in the mentor protege relationship.
- An effective mentor contributes to the body of knowledge as it pertains to principal and administrative mentoring.
- An effective mentor fosters a culture that promotes formal and informal mentoring relationships.