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Mentoring New School Leaders

Are You an Experienced Leader Ready to Serve?

AWSP’s mentoring program is designed to pair new or newly assigned principals or APs with a qualified mentor, specially trained by AWSP to support a new leaders in their initial years of school leadership. 

Experienced leaders are encouraged to apply to support new school leaders in your system or region. Mentor trainings are free to AWSP members and are a requirement of our grant. Grant funds are limited and pairings are not guaranteed. This is a "needs based" grant and we work to support all requests for support. Stipends are awarded to mentors. This can also vary by district.

Applying to be a mentor does not guarantee a pairing, but you will get great professional developtment and CCDEI clock hours will be available for purchase through the free mentor trainings.

Requirements and Expectations for Being a Mentor

  • Must be an AWSP member.
  • Must have five years of successful principalship.
  • Must be able to attend one face-to-face training.
  • Will commit to attending the (5) virtual sessions with mentee.

Updates & Announcements for 2022-23 Mentors

2022-23 Mandatory Training Sessions

In-Person Training Dates for Mentors

These sessions are held from 9:00 - 3:00. Every mentor must attend one of these
  • Thursday, September 29, 2022 | ESD 123 (Pasco)
  • Tuesday, October 4, 2022 | ESD 113 (Tumwater)
  • Thursday, October 6, 2022 | Vancouver (Rainier Room)
  • Wednesday April 19, 2023 | ESD 113 (Tumwater)
  • Wednesday May 10, 2023 | ESD 105 (Yakima)

Virtual Implementation Sessions

Each of these is held online from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. You must attend all five of these sessions with your mentee, plus a mid-winter check-in to review and recommit. 

  • October 12: Consistent Adult Care
  • November 30: Conversation Models
  • February 8: SEL for School Leader Fluency
  • March 15: Making Leadership Connections 
  • April 26: EQUITY: The Heartwork of School Leadership 

Ready to Apply? Have Questions?

I meet the requirements and will meet the expectations. Let's go!

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Mentor FAQs

More Questions?

If you have further questions about the mentoring program, you can email us using the button below.


For More Information 

Gina Yonts | Associate Director | (800) 562-6100

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