Yet in most situations, new and beginning principals are tossed the keys and told to go be a principal with no induction, no support, and no mentors. We want MEMSPA to be the leader and on the forefront of providing our new and beginning principals with trained, certified mentors and the support they need to be successful. What we need is a cadre of experienced principals willing to serve, get trained and certified! Sound like this could be you?
If you are an experienced practicing principal or recently retired principal who would like to become certified as a national principal mentor, do I have good news for you! NAESP will be providing an opportunity for you to receive training and certification right here in Michigan at the MEMSPA training center! The training will be held for 2 days this June 21 and 22. After the training, those participants wishing to become nationally certified, will be assigned an NAESP coach and participate with a cohort group mentoring a protégée, participating in monthly chats and reflections, and submitting a capstone project. After nine months and the fulfillment of all requirements, participants can be fully certified for three years!
The 2 day training is interactive, focused on each participant's’ strengths, and begins eliciting skills that are different from what leading a school require. Principals are used to being problem solvers, more directive, and leading people. The act of mentoring is vastly different. A mentor is more of a coach and asks more questions, probes for insight, provides resources, data and information when asked and mostly is a listener who gives support. There are two major mentor rules: 1. Listen and ask more questions. 2. Don’t try to make your protégée a mini version of yourself.
The momentum for becoming national principal mentors is growing. This past March over 24 principals from around the State participated in our first Michigan Mentor Training and 20 have chosen to become NAESP Nationally Certified Mentors. This June 21 and 22 could be the opportunity for you to become part of this movement. Click this link for more information: National Mentor and Training Certification Program