Mentoring services for the 2023-24 school year will begin    
  August 2023 through May 2024.  

The New Leaders Mentor Program is designed to:

  • Address the needs of new educational leaders
    (Principals, Assistant Principals, Directors, Deans, etc.)
  • Support district and building leaders with experienced administrators
  • Provide fifty hours of one-on-one collaboration and assistance throughout the school year
  • Offer virtual and in-person interactions

Mentor/Protege Teams meet monthly for professional development to help maintain administrators' certification. One Administrative Academy Course per year is also provided. Some of the monthly topics for the new school year include:

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Providing a Quality Education for All
  • Implementing an Effective School Improvement Process - Data Driven Culture
  • Strategies to Improve Parent and Community Engagement
  • Restorative Practices in Schools

Districts with first-year principals may be eligible to participate at no cost through ISBE New Principal Mentor Grant.

    Emerging Leaders Program

    This program is designed for teacher leaders who want to perfect their leadership skills and are considering becoming a formal school leader.  Emerging Leaders will participate in 4 seminars throughout the school year to enhance their effectiveness as an informal school leader.  The seminars will be scheduled after school year and will occur at Governors State University.  Some of the topics that will be explored include:  

    • Developing Your Personal Leadership Style 
    • How to Develop Positive Relationships with Staff, Students and Parents 
    • Effective Leadership and Coaching – Skills for Success 
    • Information about GSU’s Principal Leadership Program 

    Program Costs and Location for 2023-24 

     District Participation Fee               $500.00        (includes unlimited New and/or Emerging Leaders)
    New Leaders Participant Fee          $2,300.00     per person
    Emerging Leaders Fee                    $600.00      per person

    Programs will take place in a virtual, hybrid, or in-person format at:

    Governors State University
    1 University Parkway
    University Park, IL 60484


    Dr. Saundra R. Mickles 
    Coordinator of the New Leaders Mentor Program

    Katelyn Karstensen  
    Program Coordinator