While The Just ASK Mentor’s Opening of School Checklist is the star of this issue of the Mentoring Memo, there are also words of wisdom targeted to building administrators and a haunting question for all of us about what might be.
Marcia Baldanza, Just ASK Senior Consultant and author of Professional Practices for the 21st Century Leader, has developed self-assessments for the 2015 Professional Standards for Education Leaders (PSEL). These standards are being adopted by states and districts across the country as the primary resource for the updating of their principal preparation programs and administrative evaluation systems. The self-assessments for all ten standards are available in the Instructional Leadership section of the Just ASK website.
In support of our strongly held belief that “Everyone is a Mentor,” selected indicators of Standard 6: Professional Capacity of School Personnel that clearly relate to induction and mentoring are excerpted in this issue of the Mentoring Memo.
Those indicators are:
- Recruit, hire, support, develop, and retain effective and caring teachers and form them into an educationally effective faculty.
- Plan for and manage turnover and succession, providing opportunities for effective induction and mentoring.
- Develop faculty professional knowledge, skills, and practice through differentiated opportunities for learning and growth, guided by understanding of professional and adult learning.
- Foster continuous improvement of individual and collective instructional capacity to achieve outcomes envisioned for each student.
- Promote the personal and professional health, well-being, and work-life balance of faculty and staff.
- Tend to my own learning and effectiveness through reflection, study, and improvement, maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
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Just ASK Mentoring Statistics
- Over 7,000 educators involved in mentoring work have attended one of our national institutes or our district-based mentoring workshops.
- Over 850 of our award-winning Mentoring in the 21st Century® Resource Kits and New Teacher Professional Development Kits are being used in districts across the country.
- Over 600,000 mentors and novice teachers have in their hands our The 21st Century Mentor’s Handbook or our new teacher’s book Why Didn’t I Learn This in College?