The NAESP National Mentor Training and Certification Program is designed to engage retired and experienced principals to give back to their profession by supporting new, aspiring, and experienced principals through mentoring.
The National Mentor Training and Certification Program has two components:
This 2 1/2 day event teaches principals and other administrators how to integrate best practices in mentoring and adult learning with participants’ experiences. Participants receive 15 continuing education or professional development units (CEUs/PDUs) for completing the Leadership Immersion Institute.
2. National Principal Mentor Certification Internship
Principals who choose the optional certification will follow the Leadership Immersion institute with a nine-month Mentor-in-Training internship. Interns, under the caring and watchful eye of a trained coach, choose a protégé, engage in effective listening and questioning strategies, and provide guidance and support to new principals. Interns interact with coaches and other trainees through electronic bulletin boards, chats, and threaded discussions, as well as periodic portfolio submissions. Principals who complete both the institute and the internship are awarded national certification as a mentor. Continuing professional development opportunities to renew this three year certification expands skills, networking, and collaborative learning to ensure that mentors are grounded in current research and leadership practices.