CLC Mentor Principals work directly with Resident Principals on the day-to-day activities and responsibilities associated with the principal’s role as school leader. The Mentor role provides an extraordinary opportunity for successful, experienced principals to gain advanced leadership skills as they develop the abilities of aspiring principals. Mentoring creates a unique relationship that requires commitment, development and training. The Resident Principal becomes a member of the Mentor’s administrative leadership team at the Mentor’s school for twelve months, therefore, strong interpersonal and communication skills and a desire to work closely and adeptly with a learning leader are required.

Eligibility: Two years of CPS Principal experience with strong school/Principal performance.

Competency Alignment

Influences others to positive action: CLC Principal Mentors provide mentorship and guidance to an aspiring principal. They help identify and cultivate relevant principal skills by offering feedback and identifying targeted development opportunities within the school.

Strategizes and drives for results to maximize impact: CLC Principal Mentors work with residents on driving towards the goals that are outlined in the resident’s leadership development plan. A subset of goals will have an explicit link to school and student outcomes.

Fosters trusting relationships to enable productive change: CLC Principal Mentors cultivate trusting relationships with their CLC residents. Many of the pairs continue to collaborate in the years following the residency experience.