Principal Mentoring

  • Leadership with a WE Attitude

    mentoring In Illinois, typically there are 450-500 principal vacancies each year. If you've hired a new Principal or Assistant Principal, look to North Cook ISC for mentoring services. Our Mentor Progam is a VALUABLE INVESTMENT in the success of your new principal or assistant principal. Learn about the benefits of using an outside provider like North Cook ISC with experienced, professional mentors to help you SUPPORT, TRAIN and RETAIN GOOD PRINCIPALS.

    North Cook ISC Program Benefits: First-Year Principals and Assistant Principals

    •    50 Hours of Quality 1:1 Mentoring Time
    •    1 Free Administrator Academy - $225 Value
    •    Guest Speakers on topics such as Teacher Evaluation, Climate & Culture, and School Improvement
    •    3 Half-Days of Professional Development for the New Principal

    Each new principal or assistant principal works with an experienced and accomplished mentor with similar professional experience for a minimum of 50 hours over the course of the first year. These 50 hours of mentoring support - more than other area mentor providers - consist of direct, face-to-face meetings between the mentor and mentee, opportunities for the mentor to observe the new principal in the school setting at staff meetings, etc., e-mail and phone correspondence, attendance at New Principal-Mentor meetings held at North Cook ISC, and other networking opportunities. Mentees may use the hours spent in the program toward their professional development licensure renewal requirements.

    Our First-Year Principal and Assistant Principal Mentor Program cultivates student success by focusing on BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS, developing INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP, and strengthening SYSTEMS and OPERATIONS with new administrators. Carefully selected mentors assist principals with responding to real-life challenges and the daily stresses of being building leaders.

    The cost to the district is $3,000 for each first-year principal or assistant principal.

    Program Benefits: Second-Year Principals

    •    25 Hours of Quality 1:1 Mentoring Time
    •    1 Free Administrator Academy - $225 Value
    •    3 Half-Days of Professional Development for the Second-Year Principal

    In our second-year program, principals continue to work with their established mentor for another year when the focus is to hone their LEADERSHIP SKILLS, define SPECIFIC GOALS and ACTION PLANS and advance GROWTH and INNOVATION.

    A minimum of 25 hours is spent throughout the school year in face-to-face meetings, phone and email correspondence, networking meetings, and attendance at North Cook ISC Mentoring meetings. Mentees may use the hours spent in the program toward their professional development licensure renewal requirements.

    The cost to the district is $1,500 for each second-year principal.

    View these two videos below to learn about the benefits of North Cook's Principal Mentor Program:

  • Read what past participants have to say about their experience with North Cook ISC's Mentor Program:

    "Through a combination of reading, professional conversations and lots of observation, I learned a tremendous amount about best practice curriculum and instruction. I also learned about myself and my educational and leadership philosophies in action. It was powerful to be able to apply these ideologies in practice and see their impact within our school community."

    "My mentor spent a lot of time listening to me talk about my feelings, successes, and frustrations, experiences I was having, and things I had planned for my building. She gave suggestions for strategies to use and staff activities that might help me best achieve my goal. She shared her own experiences as well...that paralleled my experiences. She provided me with positive feedback on [my] decisions....and provided suggestions for improvements I could make in future situations."

    "Not only did the North Cook ISC Mentor Program highlight common experiences of new and seasoned school leaders, but also provided me the opportunity for reflection, which we rarely lend ourselves, and supplemented my ability to plan strategically. Sharing my experiences through the Mentor Program validated some of my feelings and decisions throughout the year and also gifted me with perspective on the differences and similarities across districts. As a result, I feel more secure in my vision and decisions I've made and energized for the year to come!"