National Mentor Training and Certification Program

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Professional development created for principals and administrators to strengthen their leadership skills in order to provide support and guidance to the next generation of school leaders.

NAESP’s National Mentor Training and Certification Program offers a highly structured professional development program designed to create a cadre of mentors whose expertise is channeled to support school leaders. The training program integrates research-based best practices with participants’ knowledge and experiences. The program can be customized according to a school district’s specific needs.

Overview

The National Mentor Training and Certification Program is comprised of two parts.

Part One: Leadership Immersion Institute (LII).

The 2-day LII is the opening event of the program. Participants explore the theoretical foundations of adult development and learning, and the mentoring process. Once grounded in these foundations, the participants learn various practical techniques and strategies to use with the mentor/protégé relationship. Participants receive 15 professional development hours for completing the LII.

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The six modules explored during the LII are:

  1. Mentoring New School Leaders: A Journey of Discovery
  2. Leading in a Culture of Change: Leadership Standards at Work
  3. Discovering Your Strengths
  4. The Art and Science of Adult Learning
  5. The Art of Effective Feedback
  6. Foundations of Effective Mentor Programs

Part Two: Mentor Certification Program

Upon completion of the LII, participants who choose to pursue National Certification will transition into the nine-month Mentor-in-Training (MIT) internship. The process begins with the MIT selecting a protégé who agrees to work with the MIT for the duration of the internship. Each month, the mentor and protégé interact (electronically or face-to-face) for a total of 72 contact hours. The MIT reports their work to the coach who has been assigned to his/her cohort of MITs. Online chats or conference calls are held monthly for MITs and coaches to discuss the mentoring process, lessons learned, and recommendations. A final project regarding the mentoring process is required.

Award of Certification

Participants who attend the Leadership Immersion Institute AND successfully complete the Mentor-in-Training internship are awarded a National Mentor Certificate. This certification is renewable after three years.

Connecting Leadership Standards

The mentor program applies the six standards from NAESP’s landmark document, Leading Learning Communities: Standards for What Principals Should Know and Be Able to Do, Second Edition to the Association’s Mentor Competencies.

Experiences That Make a Difference

Principals and educators from the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Houston, TX share their positive experiences having participated in NAESP's National Mentor Training and Certification Program.

Schedule & Registration

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Mentor Training
October 29-30, 2018 • Austin, TX

Date Time Location
Monday, 10/29 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
TEPSA Headquarters
501 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Tuesday, 10/30 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
*Please note: This training location has a maximum capacity of 16 participants. Registrants will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis.

Registration Form

Mentor Training
November 6-7, 2018 • Warwick, RI

Date Time Location
Tuesday, 11/6 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
RIASP Headquarters
2480 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886
Wednesday, 11/7 8:00 am - 4:00 pm  

Registration Form

Mentor Training
January 24-25, 2019 • Alexandria, VA

Date Time Location
Thursday, 1/24 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
NAESP Headquarters
1615 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Friday, 1/25 8:00 am - 4:30 pm  

Registration Form

Mentor Training
February 7-8, 2019 • Nashville, TN

Date Time Location
Thursday, 2/7 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Martin Professional Development Center
2400 Fairfax Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212
Friday, 2/8 8:00 am - 4:00 pm  

Registration Form

Mentor Training
March 12-13, 2019 • West Jordan, UT

Date Time Location
Tuesday, 3/12 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Jordan School District - Auxiliary Services Building
7905 S Redwood Road
West Jordan, UT 84088
Wednesday, 3/13 8:00 am - 4:00 pm  

Registration Form

Mentor Training
April 17-18, 2019 • Clive, IA

Date Time Location
Wednesday, 4/17 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
SAI Headquarters
12199 Stratford Drive
Clive, IA 50325
Thursday, 4/18 8:00 am - 4:00 pm  

Registration Form

Mentor Training
May 7-8, 2019 • Louisville, KY

Date Time Location
Tuesday, 5/7 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
The University Club
200 East Brandeis Avenue
Louisville, KY 40208
Wednesday, 5/8 8:00 am - 4:00 pm  

Registration Form

 


-Recertification Trainings-

Recertification Training
October 30, 2018 • Austin, TX

Date Time Location
Tuesday, October 30 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
TEPSA Headquarters
501 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Registration Form

Recertification Training
January 25, 2019 • Alexandria, VA

Date Time Location
Friday, January 25 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
NAESP Headquarters
1615 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Registration Form

Recertification Training
February 8, 2019 • Nashville, TN

Date Time Location
Friday, February 8 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Martin Professional Development Center
2400 Fairfax Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212

Registration Form

Recertification Training
April 18, 2019 • Clive, IA

Date Time Location
Thursday, 4/18 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
SAI Headquarters
12199 Stratford Drive
Clive, IA 50325

Registration Form

 

For more information or if you are interested in setting up a mentoring training in your area please contact Nikki Sparks at nsparks@naesp.org or 703-518-6264. Click here to download the mentor brochure.

Goals

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  • To provide the support that novice, newly hired, aspiring, and turnaround principals must have to fully develop their leadership skills through ongoing, consistent, individualized professional development opportunities and expert coaching with highly-qualified mentors.
  • To create a core of experienced principals with the appropriate skills and tools to promote leadership consistent with the Leading Learning Communities Standards for What Principals Should Know and Be Able to Do.
  • To create a model for instructional leadership mentor training which is consistent with professional standards and addresses the specific needs of school principals and administrators.
LOGIC MODEL FOR THE NATIONAL MENTOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Resources

How to coach strong school principals

Pics from a Mentor Training sessionDistrict Administration Magazine
Principal preparation programs continue to place more demands on candidates, in some cases requiring a yearlong internship. When the time comes to assume the role, no amount of preparation can prepare a person for what lies ahead. The constant demands, interruptions, rules, pressure and stress can wear down even the most resilient person. In a Rand Corporation study of first-year principals, researchers found that 107 of 519 new principals left the profession within two years. Read more.

Podcast: Making the Case for Mentoring

With high-stakes accountability and the ever-increasing demands placed on school leaders, the job of the principal has become more difficult than it's ever been. NAESP certified mentor, Kathleen Sciarappa, makes the case for principal mentoring - what it is, why it's needed, and how it can help both new and experienced principals.  Listen to Podcast.

NAESP Webinar: Enhancing Principals' Skills through Sustainable Mentoring Programs

Description: Learn how mentoring programs should be designed and operated to meet the most pressing needs of school leaders. Drawing on recently collected survey data and interviews from the field, you’ll find out how school leaders and district administrators can make a strong case for the establishment of a sustainable mentoring program.

Presenter: Lynn M. Scott, national leadership development consultant

View the Webinar.

Download the PowerPoint presentation.


Mentor Training Video from Long Beach, CA

Mentor Training Video from Gilbert, AZ

Certification Renewal

Pics from a Mentor Training sessionNational Mentor Certification is valid for three years and may be renewed through participation at a Recertification Training session. This 1-day training is focused on renewing and updating knowledge and skills based on the most recent information and research in the field of mentoring. The learning may include an optional follow-up activity to include reflection and discussion experiences for participants. This continued work will further the exploration of the Professional Standards for Education Leaders 2015.

Registration Fees

NAESP Mentor Program Registration Fees

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For more information or if you are interested in setting up mentoring training in your area please contact Nikki Sparks at nsparks@naesp.org or 703-518-6264.

National Mentor Training and Certification Program Brochure

Mentor Brochure.