Mentoring school leaders is a critical component of educational leadership and organizational development. Academic literature underscores the importance of mentorship in helping school leaders navigate the complexities of their roles effectively. For instance, Ingersoll (2018) highlights that mentoring for school leaders can positively influence their leadership skills, decision-making abilities, and overall job satisfaction. By offering guidance, sharing experiences, and providing emotional support, mentors help school leaders build the confidence needed to make informed decisions and address challenges within their schools.
Additionally, research suggests that mentorship can contribute to the professional growth and continuous improvement of school leaders. Mentors can assist in developing leadership competencies, such as instructional leadership, school culture enhancement, and effective communication, which are crucial for driving school improvement and student achievement (Wong and Wong, 2005).
Mentoring relationships often create a sense of belonging and professional community among school leaders. Frattura et al. (2004) demonstrate that mentors can help new school leaders integrate into their school communities, establish positive relationships with staff, and foster a collaborative and supportive school culture.
Mentoring school leaders has a profound and positive impact on their leadership development, job satisfaction, and effectiveness in leading schools toward improved outcomes for students. It underscores the importance of establishing formal mentoring programs and structures within educational institutions to support the growth and success of school leaders.
Find out more about the Fogarty EDvance mentors here
EDvance offers cohorts a variety of additional workshops throughout their time in the program (and beyond as alumni).
Some examples of these workshops include Instructional Advisor, High Impact Instruction, Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum and a Masterclass in interpreting OHI.
As a cohort you will hear about these classes as they are offered (usually in the second year of the program), however, if you have any specific enquiries please do not hesitate to contact us.
At this stage we are collecting Expressions of Interest for our Instructional Advisor Workshops and Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum. If you are interested in attending please send us an e-mail
On September 4th, Fogarty EDvance had the pleasure of hosting an instructional coaching workshop with representatives from ten of our Cohort 9 schools joining us! Thanks to Anika Blackmore and Victoria Rowland from Brabham Primary School for their leadership and insights. It was a great day of learning and planning and those who attended gave amazing feedback to the hosts.
If you are interested in participating in any upcoming workshops see what we have coming up