September 17, 2014

New Jersey Leaders to Leaders

Become A Mentor

Welcome, and thank you for you interest in becoming an NJ-L2L Mentor. Please read the following information carefully before completing the online NJ-L2L Mentor Application.

Mentor Eligibility

  • Eligibile mentors are retired school leaders and currently employed school leaders who hold New Jersey standard principal certification and have at least five (5) years of experience as principal and/or director in New Jersey public schools.
  • All mentors must be able to communicate electronically via e-mail and download documents from the NJ-L2L website, and also have ready access to a computer.

Mentor Training

  • All eligible mentors must complete three (3) days of State-required NJ-L2L mentor training, with an additional day of training prior to beginning year two of mentoring.
  • Mentor training dates are posted on www.NJL2L.org.
  • Mentors register online for mentor training sessions on www.NJL2L.org.
  • Mentors pay a registration fee of $65 for the four day training program. Payment is made by personal check payable to FEA on Day 1 of the training.
  • All active mentors are required to complete Mentor Re-Certification training annually. The fee for this training is $20.

Mentor Application

  • Each applicant is required to upload his/her resume and submit it with the online application.
  • The application will not be submitted electronically without the resume attached.

Mentor Selection

  • All mentor applications and resumes are reviewed by the NJ-L2L Coordinator for approval based on NJ-L2L eligibility criteria.
  • Accepted applications will be notified in writing by the NJ-L2L Coordinator, and will be sent an FEA consultant contract log-in and password to register online for the required mentor training at www.NJL2L.org.
  • Applicants who do not meet eligibility criteria will be notified in writing and will be provided an opportunity to present additional information that may clarify his/her eligibility.
  • In cases where eligibility may be reconsidered, the NJ-L2L Coordinator may consult with the Associate Director for School Leadership Programs to make a final decision and will then notify the applicant in writing.

Mentor Pairing With The New School Leaders

  • NJ-L2L Coordinator pairs trained mentors and new school leaders based on the administrative experience of the mentor related to: types of positions held (i.e. principal, director); grade levels (i.e. primary, elementary, middle, high school); district/community types (i.e. urban, rural, suburban,regional); and school types (i.e. technical, special education).
  • Pairing also considers the unique experience and/or expertise of mentors that may be particularly suitable to circumstances of new school leaders.
  • Mentors and new school leaders will have an opportunity to meet to determine if the "fit" is right for each of them. The pairing may be changed within the first eight (8) weeks following the pairing with good reason if either the mentor or new school leader requests it.

Summary Of Mentor Responsibilities

  • Mentors play a key role in guiding and supporting Residents as they plan and conduct each required Residency activities.
  • Mentors provide continual feedback in a trusting and supportive relationship that focuses on enhancing the Residents’ readiness for the challenges of their school leader positions, and supporting their continuing professional growth to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for School Leadership
  • Mentors meet with their Residents a minimum of forty-five (45) contact hours during the Year 1 Residency and 30 hours during the Year 2 residency, which include one-on-one conferences, and on-site visitations and observatoins, and Peer Support Group meetings.
  • It is expected that Mentor-Resident communication will be ongoing as needed via telephone and email. Mentor-Resident contact will occur as needed and at the direction of the mentor and Resident during summer months and at other times when schools are not in session as appropriate and necessary.
  • Peer Support Groups are organized within regions/counties across the State to enable Residents from various districts to meet with other Residents an engage in discussions related to their Residency and job-related experiences as new school leaders. Peer Support Group meetings provide a "team mentoring" approach that capitalizes on the range and depth of experience and expertise of the mentors, who will organize and facilitate the Peer Support Group meetings. Regional NJ-L2L Mentoring Coordinators (north, central, and south) work with mentors to facilitate organization and monitoring of Peer Support Groups.
  • Peer Support Groups meet on a regular basis during Year 1 and Year 2 of the Residency for a minimum of ten (10) hours each year and also engage in ongoing communication and online discussions throughout the Residency.
  • In accordance with State requirements, Mentors complete regular assessment reports for each Resident based on their ongoing observations, formal conferences and interactions with the Resident, and the mentor's review of evidence related to their:
    1. progress toward required activities;
    2. demonstration of leadership knowledge, skills an dpersonal dispositions, as indicated by the New Jersey Professional Standards for School Leaders; and
    3. professional growth in the leadership knowledge, skills and personal dispositions, as indicated byh the New Jersey Professional Standards for School Leaders.
    All assessments and interactions between the mentor and Resident are CONFIDENTIAL.
  • At the end of the Year 2 residency, mentors complete a Summative Assessment Report, which includes the mentor’s recommendation for Standard Principal Certification.

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