New Administrators Mentor Program

New Administrators Mentor Program

NEW ADMINISTRATORS MENTOR MENTEE PROGRAM Session 2 Connecticut Association of Schools copyright, 2006 Lawrence Nocera, Ph.D. 1 Goal of the Program: To assist in the development of a long term professional relationship between new building administrators and trained principal mentors by providing support and professional development activities copyright, 2006 Lawrence Nocera, Ph.D. 2 Genesis of the PACT Autobiographical Information MENTOR MENTEE (Circle one) Name: Years in education: Undergraduate College/University Graduate School (s) School where employed: Current position: Years in educational administration:

Years Teaching: What grade levels? PART A: Autobiographical Inventory Please respond to as many questions as you feel comfortable answering. Do you read often? Do you watch sports? How did you choose this occupation? How do you spend your spare time? If you were to start college over tomorrow, what courses should you take? Why? What are the most important things to you in a job? What are the most important things you want to get out of a job? What are two or three things that are most important to you in a job? What are your hobbies? What are your interests? Alternatively (What types of activities do you dislike the most?) What aspects of the job are the most important? What brought you to enter this field? What do you like most about your profession? copyright, 2006 Lawrence Nocera, Ph.D. 3 Please complete two of the three items below for the next sharing session. Complete as much as you can based upon your knowledge or experience as your buildings administrator. A school yearbook may help put a face to the person so you may share with your MENTOR. KNOW THY ENEMY-KNOW THY FRIEND! I. Can you identify the following people in your building? a. Brahmins: those people who have elevated positions in your faculty as perceived by the staff highly respected, revered, and listened to by all constituents (students, faculty, parents, and community). b. Wizards: those people who can seemingly make anything happen (creative and always on the cutting

edge but may be problematic because of their lack of attention to detail. These are the Blue Sky folk). c. Nay Sayers: those people who stand in the shadows and quietly disdain new initiatives or snipe at others, BUT have some level of influence on the staff. d. Power Brokers: those people who are able to speak for the masses (faculty) and carry considerable influence and can sway the group. e. Corporals with Clout: those non-certified people who are influential and have access to power in or outside your building. II. Who are you favorite aunts and uncles either in your building, district, or central offi ce whose guidance you seek out, whose ear you may have, or who you admire? III. Consider a SOCIAL AUTOPSY identifying the normative beliefs, value systems, and rituals shared by the Family members in your building. copyright, 2006 Lawrence Nocera, Ph.D. 4 Organizational Structure-Building Level Principal Asst. Principal Teachers Head Teacher Office Staff Support Staff Paraprofessionals

copyright, 2006 Lawrence Nocera, Ph.D. Custodial 5 Brahmin Wizard Nay Sayer(s) Power Broker(s) Corporals with Clout Who? Who? Who? Who? Who? Strengths/Assets: Strengths/Assets: Strengths/Assets: Strengths/Assets:

Strengths/Assets: Who? Who? Who? Who? Who? Strengths/Assets: Strengths/Assets: Strengths/Assets: Strengths/Assets: Strengths/Assets: Who? Who? Who? Who? Who? Strengths/Assets:

Strengths/Assets: Strengths/Assets: Strengths/Assets: Strengths/Assets: a. b. c. d. e. Brahmins: those people who have elevated positions in your faculty as perceived by the staff highly respected, revered, and listened to by all constituents (students, faculty, parents, and community). Wizards: those people who can seemingly make anything happen (creative and always on the cutting edge but may be problematic because of their lack of attention to detail. These are the Blue Sky folk). Nay Sayers: those people who stand in the shadows and quietly disdain new initiatives or snipe at others, BUT have some level of influence on the staff. Power Brokers: those people who are able to speak for the masses (faculty) and carry considerable influence and can sway the group. Corporals with Clout: those non-certified people who are influential and have access to power in or outside your building. Who are you favorite aunts and uncles either in your building, district, or central office whose guidance you seek out, whose ear you may have, or who you admire? Consider a SOCIAL AUTOPSY identifying the normative beliefs, value systems, and rituals shared by the Family members in your building. copyright, 2006 Lawrence Nocera, Ph.D. 6

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