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Mentors Opening of School Checklist

The Mentor’s Opening of School Checklist 2017-2018 is based on the collective wisdom of hundreds of mentors across the country. It continues to be one of Just ASK’s most popular mentoring resources. It is organized around the seven areas of challenge and concerns new teachers face. Those categories are: Personal; Professional; Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Organizational Systems; Students, Colleagues; School and School System Policies and Procedures; and Parents.





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.

“What if all the adults were committed to the success of all the other adults involved in the education of our students?” 


WOW! How about having table groups of colleagues generate See and Hear Charts that capture what would be going on at the opening of school and throughout the year! Maybe, just maybe, you can make your school the Nordstrom or Chick-fil-A of schools where no one is an island, no one plays the blame game, and everyone supports one another!


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