National Mentor Training and Certification Program™

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

Program Overview

The National Mentor Training and Certification Program™ curriculum is strategically aligned to the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL). The 2019 edition of Leading Learning Communities: Pillars, Practices, and Priorities for Effective Principals serves as the guiding framework alongside NAESP’s mentor competencies.

Participants are awarded the National Mentor Certification upon successful completion of both parts of the program. The National Mentor Certification is valid for a period of 3 years and can be renewed through participation at a one-day recertification training session.

This 2-day event (available virtually or face-to-face) provides the foundational knowledge for the mentor program. Participants receive 15 professional development hours upon completion of the LII. Training modules include:

  • Mentoring Principals to Lead Learning Communities
  • Build Culture: Creating Schools That are Great Places to Teach and Learn
  • Empower People: Leading Learning to Bring Out the Best in Teachers and Students
  • Optimize Systems: Ensuring School Operations, Processes and Contexts Support Effective Teaching and Learning

Upon completion of the LII, participants who choose to pursue National Mentor Certification transition into a nine-month virtual Mentor-in-Training (MIT) internship cohort led by a trained, certified NAESP coach. MITs will work with their chosen protégés throughout the internship while engaging in monthly meetings with their cohort and coach to deepen their mentoring skills, discuss strategies, and review lessons learned. Internship requirements include:

  • 72 total contact hours with chosen protégé (virtual and/or face-to-face)
  • 9 Monthly virtual cohort meetings and reflection assignments
  • Final culminating project

Program Fees:

2 day training only, no certification
  • Early Bird Rate (On or before 1 month from start of event)
    • NAESP Members: $699
    • Non-Members: $949
  • Regular Rate (Less than 1 month from start of event)
    • NAESP Members: $799
    • Non-Members: $1,049

2 day training with 9 month certification internship
  • Early Bird Rate (On or before 1 month from start of event)
    • NAESP Members: $1,299
    • Non-Members: $1,599
  • Regular Rate (Less than 1 month from start of event)
    • NAESP Members: $1,399
    • Non-Members: $1,699

1 day training
  • Early Bird Rate (On or before 1 month from start of event)
    • NAESP Members: $400
    • Non-Members: $500
  • Regular Rate (Less than 1 month from start of event)
    • NAESP Members: $475
    • Non-Members: $575

Contract with NAESP:

NAESP can contract with school districts, states, and local LEAs to deliver private training, certification, and recertification opportunities. For more information, please contact Katie Earley at kearley@naesp.org or 703-518-6264.

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