Mentoring Excellence is an innovative NYC DOE leadership initiative in which highly successful principals nominate talented aspiring leaders from within their schools to open new district schools. If the aspiring leader is selected through the ONS application process to open a new school, the mentor supports the mentee, providing the new principal with the unique opportunity to be coached in what it takes to run a successful school and apply the vision and management skills that drive a school community to excellence.
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Prospective Mentor & Mentee Eligibility:
- Tenured principals with a 'Well Developed' on their most recent Quality Review or a 'Proficient' with a strong network recommendation are eligible to be a mentor
- Candidates (mentee) must possess a SAS/SBL or SDA/SDL certification or be enrolled in a license-granting program in order to meet all license requirements by July 1, 2014
Mentor nominates a talented leader from within his/her school, and mentee is approved to open a new district school through the ONS Selection Process
Mentor nominates a former staff member who has opened a new school through the Mentor School Pilot Program between 2010 and 2012 (Mentor is required to have maintained above performance metrics on the Quality Review since that time)
Mentor principals offer comprehensive coaching and support designed to engineer success for the Mentee and the Mentee’s school. Support will take the form of, but is not limited to, regular check-ins with the Mentee, response to crises, immediate phone support, bi-weekly visits with the Mentee’s or Mentor Principal’s school as needed, periodically addressing and training staff of Mentee’s school, and providing opportunities for cross-school collaboration.
Mentor Principals receive up to 90 per session hours ($43.94/hr) per quarter for after school support provided to their mentee
Mentor must reapply each fall in order to continue participation in the initiative to support their mentee for up to three years.
Mentee's salary is funded centrally for the Spring 2014 semester allowing the candidate to be released from his/her current responsibilities at that time in order to participate in the New School Intensive (NSI) and work with their mentor principal prior to opening a new school.
If you are interested in being a mentor and would like to learn more, please contact Krista Barron at: (212) 374-0279