The Vermont Principals’ Association provides trained mentors to match with new school leaders (principals, assistant principals, career center directors, or aspiring principals) around the state. The work of serving as a school principal or career center director is as challenging and as important as ever. Working with a mentor during the first two years of a school leader’s career can provide support, guidance, and new learning that can go a long way toward turning challenges into opportunities and excellence.
Vermont Law requires that “When a school district hires a principal or a career technical center director who has not been employed previously in that capacity, the superintendent serving the district, in consultation with the Vermont Principals’ Association, shall work to ensure that the new principal or technical center director receives mentoring supports during at least the first two years of employment.” […] “Mentoring supports shall be consistent with best practices, research-based approaches, or other successful models, and shall be identified jointly by the Vermont Principals’ Association and the Vermont Superintendents Association.”
To read the full Vermont statute regarding mentoring: 16 V.S.A. § 245.
Currently, the VPA offers three training sessions per year for qualified school leaders. The trainings are built around the following mentor competencies are informed/rooted within the leadership frameworks of the Center for Creative Leadership and Better Conversations Everyday. In order to be a VPA trained mentor available for matching, mentors have to have attended at least one training per year, and be a VPA member.
*The primary VPA contact for mentoring is Erica McLaughlin