Title: Enhancing Principals’ Skills through Sustainable Mentoring Programs

Date: Thursday, June 7

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.

NAESP has been part of a group of organizations that have vigorously supported the establishment of mentoring programs for school leaders, and it seems to have had an effect. Currently, 22 states have passed legislation with a mandate for school administrator mentoring, and mentoring and coaching programs have been established in states and school districts throughout the country. NAESP is now engaged in a new initiative to help improve the quality and sustainability of mentoring programs for its members.


Lynn M. Scott is a leadership development consultant who has worked since 2001 on a principal leadership development initiative for the Wallace Foundation, the New York City Leadership Academy, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). His association with the Wallace Foundation led to numerous contributions to the foundation’s creation and support of school leadership initiatives. Scott was a group facilitator for Wallace’s Leading Change Learning Community of grant recipients and is currently one of three group facilitators of Wallace’s grant recipient professional learning community. He is one of the co-developers of the Leadership Performance Planning Worksheet (LPPW) and has worked with NYCLA on a wide variety of national level principal leadership development and leader coach training initiatives. His work with NAESP has centered on designing approaches to enhance the mentoring support provided to early career principals and speaking on leadership development at NAESP conventions.

Concurrent with his work in principal leadership development, Scott also conducted policy research at the RAND Corporation that informed policies affecting the skill development and management of senior leaders in the armed forces, and research to inform programs supporting strategic human capital development and diversity management. As an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, Scott designed and taught graduate level courses in leadership and organizational behavior.