Nevertheless, the research experience of meeting with and interviewing Latina and Latino superintendents and assistant superintendents from throughout the State of California became life and career changing. Up to that point in my educational career it was my intention to become a school district superintendent. No doubt my educational and social activism would have made my superintendent career short but interesting.
My point in writing this short piece is that the need to develop educational leaders, especially educational leaders of color, still exists. Over the last few years I have had the privilege of developing a mentoring program for my own nonprofit, the Center for Leadership, Equity and Research (CLEAR), while consulting with Fresno State toward the development of a Staff Mentoring Program, the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) for a mentoring program that still exists and was my initial mentoring program venture, Project Vista at California State University Channel Islands, and only recently signed an agreement to consult with ACSA (Association of California School Administrators) toward the development of their own Administrator Mentoring Program.
Over the years it has been my pleasure to see the success that mentoring brings to new and experienced administrators. Protégés (often called mentees) most often gain confidence in their roles and learn to serve others; mentors realize that mentoring helps them share what they have learned and helps develop a legacy.
There have been times over the years that the continual reminder to others that it is our (mentors) duty to serve others through mentoring has been exhausting. Much too often the technical aspects of surviving as an administrator push mentoring relationships and respecting other cultures and ethnicities aside (my next short article).
At some point in time we have all been mentored and many of us mentor, often without realizing that we are doing so. It is important that we take a few moments (actually more than a few moments) to understand that at the end of the day, what we do, who we lead, and how we succeed, is because of each other; especially those that guide us in our journey…our mentors.
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