Mentoring Handbook for School Leaders



Whether a mentor is working with one colleague, or with several school leaders, mentoring is first and foremost a collaborative relationship between trusted peers who face common issues. In this collaborative relationship mentors are not necessarily experts. This mentoring handbook rests on the fundamental premise that the mentor may in some situations be an expert, but will often be learning from and with their peers. In the Innovative Schools model of mentoring, both mentors and mentees are helping each other improve their craft of leadership.


Innovation summary

For decades businesses have understood the value of mentoring and have provided mentors or coaches for their top executives. In some highly successful businesses, like Toyota, mentoring and learning in the workplace are part of the corporate culture. Mentors are offered to every employee. 
Educators have for too long worked in isolation, but they are beginning to act on their recognition of the value of collaboration, mentoring and coaching.

This handbook from the Innovative Schools Program draws on the experience of many schools from around the world and also on the expertise of renowned innovators and thinkers such as Michael Fullan and explores role, responsibilities and communication skills through practical activities and reflection.


Key points:

  1. What is mentoring?
  2. What makes a good mentor?
  3. What is the value of mentoring to me?
  4. What is the value of mentoring to my school?


PDF School Leaders Mentoring Handbook