Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
Educational Leadership and Organizational Development, EDD
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
Mentoring; principal; school improvement; administration; leadership
This qualitative study examines Comprehensive Improvement Schools (CSI) principals’ experiences with mentoring programs and their perceptions of how such programs may mitigate administrative attrition. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight practicing CSI principals and the study utilized the pragmatic framework. The interviews captured principal’s experiences with being a principal mentee during their first year of CSI principalship, and what actions or activities in their mentorships aided their retention in the position. The analysis suggested several recommendations for practice in principal mentoring programs to increase school leader retention. At the heart of these recommendations was an emphasis on the importance of the trust-based relationship between the mentor and mentee and ample time for on- demand support from the mentor. Further nuanced recommendations were developed from the principals’ experience and the body of literature regarding principal mentorship. These recommendations can be utilized by local school districts and state education departments to construct model principal mentoring programs.
Fulk, Robert, "Principal mentoring as a retention and effectiveness strategy in comprehensive improvement schools." (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3587.