Superintendent Mentoring Program
TASA launched our reimagined mentorship program for first-time superintendents in Texas in 2019-20 and began training new mentors in conjunction with the 2020 TASA Midwinter Conference. The program was redesigned by the TASA Professional Learning Committee to build deeper connections and engagement between our First-Time Superintendents Academy attendees and their superintendent mentors. Learn more about the development of the program:
Stepping into the superintendent’s office for the first time can be overwhelming. From juggling day-to-day operations to working with a new board or engaging with the community, the job keeps you on your toes. But serving at the top can also be lonely.
“Even though you are always surrounded, you’re very isolated when it comes to having someone with a professional awareness of what your job entails,” says Tanya Larkin, superintendent in Pampa ISD.
The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) requires that all new superintendents go through a mentoring program, and to that end, TASA is revamping its superintendent mentoring program to go hand in hand with its First-Time Superintendents Academy, providing one-on-one support through those challenging first years at the helm. Read more >>>
About the Program
State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rule (19 TAC Section 242.25) states that all superintendents in the first year of the superintendency and superintendents new to Texas must participate in a one-year mentorship that includes at least 36 hours of professional development and contact with a mentor at least once per month. The mentorship must be completed within 18 months of employment in the superintendency. TASA’s superintendent mentoring program is designed to help new superintendents enrolled in the First-Time Superintendents Academy to meet the requirements of the SBEC rule.
How the Program Works
Participants will meet the state requirement for 36 hours of professional learning through participation in the First-Time Superintendents Academy, and they will meet monthly with their mentors to satisfy the mentoring contact requirement. Mentor superintendents are expected to meet face to face with mentees for at least six of the 12 required monthly contacts; the remaining six contacts may be conducted via phone or email. Upon completion of the program, the new superintendent will send a completed Record of Contact form to their mentor and another copy to TASA, maintaining the original for their records.
How to Secure a Mentor
If you’re a first-time superintendent in need of a mentor to meet SBEC requirements, register for TASA’s First-Time Superintendents Academy (FTSA) today! You may start the year-long, four-session academy anytime during the school year and continue the academy into the next school year. For example, if you start with Session 3, held in November, you may then participate in Session 4 in February and then attend Sessions 1 and 2 the next August and September.
Interested in Being a Mentor?
TASA is seeking successful superintendents who meet the following requirements to serve as mentors:
- certified in Texas as a superintendent
- committed to spending the time needed to be a mentor
- committed to completing the required mentor training
- professionally committed to the Texas public education system
- a current TASA member
Training of mentor superintendents will be conducted two to three times per year, as the number of interested mentors allows. TASA’s “Inspiring Mentors: Superintendent Mentor Training” sessions will focus on the skills and superintendent competencies needed for mentors to build strong relationships, connect to First-Time Superintendents Academy session content, and provide coaching to new mentees.
Previous TASA Mentors
If you have previously served as a mentor in TASA’s mentoring program and wish to continue, please complete and submit the online application.
How to Sign Up
Complete and submit the online application to express your interest. A brief bio, CV, or resume, and professional headshot must be uploaded to the form. TASA will schedule a virtual training opportunity once we have enough interested superintendents to hold a training. All applicants will be notified of the date and time.
The TASA Superintendent Mentoring Program provides 36 hours of Continuing Professional Education credit through participation in the TASA First-Time Superintendents Academy.
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