The Kentucky Principal Induction Academy:

Coaching and Mentoring

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What is coaching?

Coaching is a supportive process aimed at helping beginning principals enhance and develop their skills and capabilities.

Who will serve as coaches for the KPIA?

Retired principals will serve int his role. Coaches will be selected based on successful job performance.

What type of support will beginning principals receive through KPIA?

Each participant will receive two site visits during the fall and spring for a total of four visits. Additionally, coaches will be available to answer phone calls and emails as needed.

What will a coaching visit entail?

Observation. The coach will come to your school to observe you in action to gain an understanding of the participant, the situation, and his or her strengths.
Discussion. The coach will engage the participant in purposeful dialogue about the observation.
Feedback. The coach will offer ideas and advice as needed and warranted. Giving and receiving feedback is a critical part of the coaching component.
Follow-Up. Participants will receive a written description of each coaching session as a means of monitoring and praising progress.

Is it possible to participate in only one component of KPIA?

Yes, beginning principals can choose to participate in only one portion of the program. However, to receive the greatest benefit from the induction program, participation in all components (professional learning modules and coaching/mentoring) is recommended.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring includes listening with empathy, sharing mutual experiences, professional friendship, developing insight through reflection, being a sounding board and an encourager.

What is the role of the mentor?

The mentor's job description involves regularly checking in with the beginning principal to offer support and guidance based on his or her particular needs. The mentor/mentee relationship has the potential to develop into a lasting collegial friendship for years to come.

Who will serve as mentors for the KPIA?

Mentors will be active, more experienced principals willing to share their knowledge and engage in a professional relationship of mutual trust. The mentor could be someone inside or outside the participant's district. Our goal is to assign job-alike mentors (elementary, middle, high) facing similar school challenges.

Is it possible for a new principal to select his or her mentor?

Our staff will seek input from participants through a survey format before making mentor/mentee selections. Other factors in the selection process include the availability of mentors and district recommendations.

Cancellation Policy: Written cancellations submitted via email, fax or USPS mail will be accepted through July 5, 2017 and a refund or invoice credit issued minus a $29 processing fee. After that time, you may send a substitute to attend in your place as refunds are not available for cancellations or no shows within this time period. Session materials will be shared with those who must cancel and who do not receive a refund.