Members Mentoring Members
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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Section: From our Executive Director


Jonathan Raymond



Webster’s dictionary defines “Mentor” as: “A trusted counselor or guide — a mentor who, because he/she is detached and disinterested, can hold up a mirror to us.” Who better to mentor and “hold the mirror up” then a NASS peer and colleague?
Webster’s dictionary defines “Mentor” as: “A trusted counselor or guide — a mentor who, because he/she is detached and disinterested, can hold up a mirror to us.” Who better to mentor and “hold the mirror up” then a NASS peer and colleague?
 
We know the superintendent job can be lonely and isolating. We are often surrounded by folks who tell us what we want to hear versus what we need and hear. It is difficult to get feedback from our direct reports and from school board members. To maintain that delicate work/life balance, there are certain things we shouldn’t bring home to share with family and friends. But without feedback, how do we continue to grow and learn? Renowned Canadian educator Michael Fullan declared: “The best learning is when the group teaches the group.” Peer-to-peer learning and support is powerful.
 
Members Mentoring Members (MMM) allows NASS members to contribute and give back in a time-bound capacity, using their expertise and experience to support colleagues. This is a chance for members to gain insight, get objective feedback, and seek valuable support to learn and grow.
 
MMM is voluntary. NASS members offer to be mentors, and members ask for a mentee. After speaking with volunteer members, NASS staff will offer some suggested pairings.
 
Mentor/Mentee relationships are loosely structured and are meant to work based on the needs and commitments of both parties. Click here to see our suggested guidelines.
 
MMM Suggested Guidelines
  • Agree to check in regularly
  • Share contact information with an understanding to “contact me as needed"
  • Encourage the exploration of ideas and risk taking in learning
  • Provide appropriate and timely advice
  • Serve as a confidante for work-related issues
  • Suggest appropriate skills training
  • Serve as a source of information and resources
  • Be open to receiving feedback
  • Keep commitments to each other
  • Renegotiate the mentoring relationship when your professional needs change
  • Have fun and enjoy working and learning together
 
MMM participants will be invited to an annual day of work and learning prior to the NASS advocacy gathering in Washington, D.C. Members interested in learning more or joining MMM can contact Sonny Da Marto at sdamarto@nass.us.
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