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Principal Mentoring A Safe, Simple, and Supportive Approach by Carl J. Weingartner

Principal Mentoring A Safe, Simple, and Supportive Approach


Principal Mentoring A Safe, Simple, and Supportive Approach by Carl J. Weingartner

Develop a principal mentoring program that produces effective leaders and high administrator retention rates! This resource for school and district leaders presents a proven mentoring model for recruiting, supporting, and retaining effective principals. The author illustrates how to help new principals achieve success in areas such as improving curriculum and test scores, ensuring student safety, managing the budget, and enhancing school climate. The book provides reflections on principal recruitment and retention and also covers: Developing supportive mentoring relationships Assisting new administrators with professional growth and development Advising on district mandates, operational issues and exceeding standards Identifying practices that can have a negative impact


Provides a rich description of the ins and outs of developing, delivering, and monitoring mentoring programs for beginning principals. Not only will these insights assist staff developers in improving their programs, but beginning principals will learn how to better manage their time, become more involved in curriculum and instruction, and reduce their stress and tendency to burn out from the hectic pace of the job. -- Bruce Barnett, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Weingartner has been an outstanding professional for over 30 years, and he has done an exemplary job in developing and implementing this mentoring program. I would have liked to have had a program such as this in the beginning years of my experience as a principal. -- John B. Mondragon, Professor Emeritus Weingartner practices what he preaches, and in this volume he shares lessons learned from his many years of running one of the most successful principal mentoring programs in the nation. His practical and straightforward approach is grounded in the day-to-day realities and exigencies of the school principal. -- Lois J. Zachary, President Carl Weingartner is one of the leaders in the field of mentoring programs for new principals. He shares his thinking about mentoring, materials he used in his program for over 10 years, and stories of mentoring that exemplify the ideas he discusses. -- Susan Villani, Senior Program/Research Associate

About the Author

Carl J. Weingartner has been an educator for over 46 years. He taught 11 years at the junior high and elementary levels in Gallup-McKinley County School District, Gallup, NM, Midwest City/Del City School District, Midwest City, OK and Albuquerque Public Schools District, Albuquerque, NM. He served as a junior high and elementary principal for 22 years in the Albuquerque Public Schools. He considers himself a practitioner rather than a researcher. In 1994, he was contracted by the Albuquerque Public Schools on a part-time basis to establish and coordinate the Extra Support for Principals mentor program for first-year principals. The program has involved and supported over 210 first-year principals. He has become active in promoting mentor programs across the nation by writing and contributing to several organizational Web sites. He has written or contributed to articles and books for the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National School Boards Association, the George Lucas Educational Foundation, and to the works of independent authors. He has been asked to advise or consult with over 65 individuals or institutions across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He has been active during his professional career in promoting education and the principalship. He served as president of several educational organizations including the National Association of Elementary School Principals/SCA-Zone VIII, the New Mexico Association of Elementary School Principals, and the Albuquerque Public Schools Principals Association. He held several offices and served on executive boards and principal committees at the national, zone, state, and district levels. Weingartner has been a member of National Association of Elementary School Principals throughout his career as a principal and has maintained his membership since his retirement in 1994. He has received honors and recognitions, including the National Distinguished Principal Award from the US Department of Education in 1987. He has received Outstanding School Administrator Awards from the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Elementary School Principals-Zone VIII, the New Mexico Association of Elementary School Principals and the New Mexico School Administrators Association. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from East Central State University at Ada, Oklahoma. His postgraduate work in school administration was completed at the University of New Mexico.

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Publication date

11th December 2008


Carl J. Weingartner

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SAGE Publications Inc


128 pages


Organization & management of education



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