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 reinforce 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 supports novice principals and their mentors to well serve all students with diverse educational needs. Specifically, each learning module in this Handbook is designed to disrupt historical patterns of racial inequity by equipping districts and leaders with the tools, resources, and supports to:
The Principal Induction and Mentoring Handbook, which covers two years of mentoring supports, and the accompanying mentor supplement are now available:
Principal Induction and Mentoring Handbook(Updated August 2022)
Mentor SupplementThis 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. (Updated August 2022)
Last Updated: August 31, 2022
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