Diverse group of people in a circle

Mentoring services for the 2019-2020 school year will begin    
  mid-September 2019 through May 2020.  


2019-2020 New Leaders Mentor Program 

Designed to provide a system of support to first and second year building leaders.  (Principals, Directors, Coordinators, Deans, Instructional Coaches etc.)  Each new leader will be matched with an experienced administrator as their Mentor. The Mentor will work closely with the new leader to help promote success.   

Mentors will meet with their Protégés in their district or an agreed location for a minimum of 50 hours throughout the school year. 

Mentor/Protégé Teams will also meet monthly at Governors State University for discussions and presentations on topics relevant to their practice.  Some of the topics for the new school year include:

  • Practical Tips for Administrators 
  • Developing Positive Relationships 
  • Instructional Leaders and Community Engagement 
  • Preparing for Difficult Conversations 
  • A Framework for Understanding Poverty 
  • ACES and Trauma Sensitive Schools
  • Building Bridges for at Risk Students - AAC#1115

2019-2020 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 

Administrative Assistants Seminar-A two session seminar will assist frontline staff in recognizing their own needs, the expectations of their customer, and how they should work positively towards their district/school's commitment to improve customer relations.

 Sessions will include:

  •  Providing quality service
  •  Proficiency communications
  •  Developing positive relationships
  •  Work ethics and professionalism

Program Costs and Location

2019-2020     District Participation Fee           $500.00   (includes unlimited New and/or Emerging Leaders) 

2019-2020     New Leaders Fee                  $2,200.00   per person

2019-2020     Emerging Leaders Fee             $600.00   per person

2019-2020     Administrative Assistance          $300.00   per person       

Governors State University

1 University Parkway

University Park, IL 60484



Dr. Saundra R. Mickles 

Coordinator of the New Leaders Mentor Program 



Ms. Katelyn Karstensen 

Program Coordinator