Significant research over the past fifteen years has confirmed that effective school leadership is associated with better outcomes for students, teachers, and schools. In particular, district and school leaders who are strong instructional leaders, aligned with DESE's anti-racist leadership competencies to focus on culturally responsive teaching and curricula, and focused on recruiting, retaining, and supporting teachers of color will benefit all students, especially Black, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous, and multiracial students.
To this end, the Department has developed the following resources to support novice principals and their mentors. These resources are in alignment with the recently updated Guidelines for the Preparation of Administrative Leaders , and fulfill the annual requirements in the Standards for Induction Programs for Administrators (603 CMR 7.13).
The Principal Induction and Mentoring Handbook is designed to support all novice principals and their mentors as instructional leaders who serve a diverse range of students with diverse educational needs. Specifically, it is designed to disrupt historical patterns of racial inequity by equipping districts and leaders with the tools, resources, and supports to:
The first two learning modules of the Principal Induction and Mentoring Handbook, which cover one year of mentoring supports, and the accompanying mentor supplement are now available:
Principal Induction and Mentoring Handbook
This mentor supplement is designed to provide guidance, support, and reflective opportunities for mentors as they guide their mentees through the learning modules in the Principal Induction and Mentoring Handbook.
Learning modules 3 and 4, which span the second year of recommended mentoring supports for novice principals, is expected for release in Summer 2022.
In the 2021-22 school year, participating districts will partner with DESE to pilot the first two learning modules of the Principal Induction and Mentoring Handbook through this Professional Learning Network. Network participants will collectively explore evidence-based mentoring practices for novice principals, including:
Registration for the Professional Learning Network is closed for the 21-22 year.
Questions, comments, and/or suggestions are also welcome at EducatorDevelopment@doe.mass.edu .
Last Updated: November 3, 2021
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