Mentorship of New Principals and Vice-Principals:
Sharing Wisdom through Sharing Stories of Experience
Have you considered becoming a mentor for new BC Principals or Vice-Principals?
The New BCPVPA Mentorship Program:
The BCPVPA launched a provincial mentorship program in 2017 matching volunteer retired principals/vice-principals with newly appointed colleagues across the province, recognizing the unique responsibilities and challenges encountered in transitioning into administrative leadership. The program matches mentors with new colleagues in districts different to their own. We are seeking new mentors for the upcoming school year to meet the growing request for mentorship support.
What’s Involved With The New Program:
The first year of the project received rave reviews from both participating mentors and mentees. “This is exactly what I was looking for as an educational pursuit since retirement,” said one mentor. “ I was awakened to the whole process of mentorship and its positive implications to sustain principal leadership.”
The volunteer commitment is for an hour a week of coaching conversation with your mentee, plus follow up emails and texts. The program includes mentor/coach training for new mentors in Nanaimo on Oct.18 and 19 as part of the Connecting Leaders Conference (required), plus invitational webinars and mentor support workshops in February and May. An honorarium and a copy of the text “When Mentoring Meets Coaching” is provided in appreciation of your commitment.
Mentors Don’t Need To Be Newly Retired:
Whether you are newly retired or have been retired for several years, please consider this worthy opportunity to strengthen the leadership capacity of beginning BC leaders, learn about working in different districts, and develop your own coaching/mentoring skills. As one mentee states, “taking the time to reflect on goals, strategies, next steps with an interested conversation partner has helped me to gain more objectivity regarding my job and my learning. The mentors’ role is supportive but also geared to expanding my own perspective so there is room for growth. And since my mentor is not connected to the district, there is more buy-in to the perspective that this is a friendly conversation rather than an evaluative one.”
Mentoring is a reciprocal process that enriches the learning of all –– mentors, mentees, teachers and students.
If interested, please link https://bcpvpa.bc.ca/mentorship/ to the mentor application and submit to the BCPVPA by August 31st.