Analysis of Mentoring Provided to New Principals

This qualitative study explored the criteria for success of mentoring, as well as the differences in the success of mentoring provided by internal and external mentors to new principals. In total, 11 administrators participated in the study, one superintendent, one assistant superintendent, two external mentors (retired administrators), and seven sitting principals. Interview transcriptions, memos and notable quotes helped reveal important findings. Key findings include that mentoring led to the empowerment of the mentee, advancement of their career, and school growth. with respect to internal mentors, collaboration and relationships were instrumental to success. Finally, external mentoring offered a broad lens and wide perspective that benefited mentees.


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