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Learn about Induction and Mentoring

2021-22 Principal Induction & Mentoring Professional Learning Network

In the Principal Induction & Mentoring Professional Learning Network, participating districts will partner with DESE to implement a new model Handbook for Principal Induction & Mentoring designed around Standards for Effective Administrative Leadership and aligned anti-racist leadership competencies. Network participants will collectively explore evidence-based mentoring practices for novice principals, including:

  • Implementation (feasibility and required supports)
  • Mentor skills and required training/support
  • Connection/coherence from preparation to in-service
  • Impact on novice principal efficacy relative to each Standard
  • Impact on novice principal efficacy relative to anti-racist competencies

Collaboration and communication between school and district leaders is central to the success of this work. Considering this, participating districts (or regional districts) will be required to attend sessions as a team — including two novice school leaders, their respective mentor(s), and a District Administrator. All sessions will engage district teams in reflection and skill-building directly related to evidence-based mentoring practices. This network is open for both principals and assistant principals.

Participation in this network will meet and fulfill the annual requirements in the Standards for Induction Programs for Administrators (603 CMR 7.13). If this is an opportunity that your district is interested in participating in, please complete the registration by Tuesday, August 31st. If you have any questions, please contact

Questions, comments, and/or suggestions are also welcome at .

Last Updated: August 3, 2021

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