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Steps Toward Success

The guidebook evolved into a stepby-step guide that outlines getting
acclimated to a building, meeting
with stakeholder groups, and gathering and analyzing data. It directs
the principals to webinars and books
about best practices implemented at
high-performing schools, providing
principals-novice and mentor-
with help in formulating a vision.
We also offered a goal-setting process for mentors and new principals
to use. The role of new principals was
to set goals reflecting individual and
building growth; the mentor's role
was to support and coach the new
principal to make progress toward
those goals.
Challenges faced in developing
mentor-mentee relationships included
a lack of time for quality conversations, lack of financial resources,
limited professional development
opportunities in the district's focus
areas, and the act of mentoring itself.
But the guide helped build a framework to use in moving forward faster.
Creating Conditions for Success

We are now in the third year of using
the guidebook, and all mentor-mentee
pairs say that their continued use of it
supports their work. Annual evaluations show tremendous progress toward
their respective goals; new principals
say the guidebook built a foundation
for personal and professional connections, and mentor principals reported
an unanticipated outcome: their own
professional growth.
New principals say they wouldn't
have otherwise considered some of
the activities suggested to connect
with stakeholder groups and district
administrators; the guidebook also
helped organize information- and
data-gathering activities necessary for
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the first months in the role. Ultimately,
an esprit de corps developed between
the new leaders and their mentor
principals; by supporting each other,
they strengthened the schools'
curricular and instructional programs.
Will these new principals defy the
research and show evidence of their
efforts' impact? Early indications
are that the systems implemented in
the novices' buildings are improving
student achievement and enhancing
building cultures. Mentors suggest
that an environment has been created
for significant positive outcomes.
The approach appears to have
influenced collaborative and

distributive leadership styles to
build capacity among the leadership team, and the conditions
now exist for new principals to
realize their goals and positively
effect change on behalf of students. We hope to break the
five-years-to-success paradigm
and create a new three-year pathway to success.
Tamara Lipke is an assistant professor
of Education Administration at SUNY
Oswego, New York.
Bret Apthorpe is superintendent of
Jamestown (New York) Public Schools.

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from the editor
Snapshots
5 Things
Intertwined for Achievement
Planting the SEAD
Making PLCs a Plus
Measuring Up
Look Out for the Leader
Engagement Across the Generations
The Sum of Its Parts
Putting the “Fun” in Fundraising
NAESP 2019 National Distinguished Principals
In the Spotlight
Practitioner’s Corner
Raising the Bar
Principal’s Bookshelf
School Law
NAESP Partners & Advertiser Index
Speaking Out
Parents & Schools
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