The best advice that a new principal can receive is from another experienced principal. NAESP offers two mentoring opportunities so that novice and veteran principals can connect. Experienced principals can increase leadership capacity and share knowledge and skills with principals who are newer to the profession by undergoing training through the National Principal Mentoring Certification Program. Upcoming mentor training dates are June 17-19 in St. Paul, MN and June 24-26 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
On the other side of the mentoring coin, if you are a principal within the first three years of your career and are interested in advice and suggestions from principals around the country, then you should apply to be the Mentor Center’s beneficiary for the next school year. To be considered, send an e-mail to Vanessa St. Gerard at In the message, write a few sentences about your school and why you would like to participate. Applications are due by May 31. To see how Mentor Center works, go to

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re: Learn from the Veterans or Mentor the Next Generation

There is a discussion going on at regarding Brown vs. Board of Education’s 55th Anniversary. How far have we really come in providing access and quality in education for every child?

re: Learn from the Veterans or Mentor the Next Generation

This mentor program should be a federal mandate. I'm looking to enter the field, but there are so many variables and subjective situations that a principal has to deal with on a day-to-day basis that the thought of being totally on your own is a bit unnerving to say the least.