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The on-line training modules developed in this study draw on effective administrative induction programs (Hackmann, D., Russell, F., & Elliott, R., 1999), characteristics of administrative supervisors (Barth, 2003) and mentoring (Hall, 2008). Research on school leadership indicates that principal candidates are not prepared for the deluge of responsibilities to lead schools at higher standards (Institute for Educational Leadership, 2000) field-based internship experiences are inadequate.

Lovely (2004) implied that universities develop partnerships with school districts to provide substantive field-based experiences for interns. Modules designed by administrative induction programs that provide high-quality training for mentors will provide the intern candidate with ongoing supervision, guidance, and evaluation. Siccone (2012) purports that confidence, communication, collaboration, coaching and continuous improvement are essential skills for effective school leadership. The integration of collaboration, peer coaching, inquiry, collegial study groups, and reflective discussion were skills of effective instructional leaders (Blasé & Blasé, 1999).

The strategies and processes used by effective supervisors (Martinecallaghan, 2012) will provide a solid foundation and level playing field for all administrative interns. She includes: excellent communication skills, fairness, good organizational skills, knowledge, accountability, efficiency, adaptability, social sills, diplomacy and self-discipline. Due to the increasing demands of building and central office administrators and the demand for instructional leaders who are prepared to lead in today’s school, it is imperative that prospective administrative interns have high quality mentors who supervise and guide them during their internship. This training will prepare administrative interns including under-represented groups with equitable opportunities as future administrators. Challenges of encouraging mentors to complete the training will be discussed as well as recommendation to this issue.

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Videos listed in this poster and handout can be viewed as follows:

Carol Marcotte: Welcome to UNE Administrative Mentors Overview

Jennifer McPartland, UNE Administrative Intern

Sally Biggs, Middle School Principal of the Year and Administrative Mentor

Patrick Phillips, Superintendent of Schools

Mike Pulsifer, Superintendent of Schools


Poster and handout presented at the Northeastern Educational Research Association Conference in Trumbull, CT, October 23, 2014, and to the University of New England Board of Trustees on November 7, 2014, under the title “Matching Effective Mentoring Characteristics With Online Mentorship Training."

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