WASBO Mentorship Program for Mentors & Protégés
WASBO Mentoring Program and Introduction
A mentorship is a supportive relationship established between two individuals where knowledge, skills, and experience are shared. The protégé is someone seeking guidance in developing specific competencies, self-awareness, and skills early in their career. The mentor is a person who has the experience and expertise in the areas of need identified by the protégé and is able to share wisdom in a nurturing way.
In this relationship, the protégé has the opportunity to ask questions, share concerns, and observe a more experienced professional within a safe, protected environment.Through reflection and collaboration between the pair, the protégé can become more self-confident and competent in their application of knowledge and skills gained in their training.
No two mentorship relationships are the same; the relationship established is unique based on their needs, personality, learning styles, expectations, and experiences. Mentorship can provide one or all of the following: regular opportunities for individuals to reflect together about their hands-on work; an opportunity for skill development measured in competencies gained; a significant, long-term effect on the life or work style of another person.
The Mentor-Protégé Training Handbook was developed to comply with changes to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Administrative Licensing found in the Administrative Rule – PI 34. The Handbook includes best practice thinking for mentoring administrators into the profession where they can succeed and thrive.
PI 34 requires all initial educators, which includes administrators, to have a mentor assigned who is trained in the Wisconsin Standards. An initial educator is someone who has completed an approved program with institutional endorsement and is now entering the profession with a Masters degree.
The initial educator license shall be issued for a period of five (5) years and is a non-renewable license. PI 34 requires all school districts to provide three things for the initial educator.
- The initial educator shall receive on-going orientation from the employing school district, which is collaboratively developed and delivered by the school board, administrators, teachers, support staff and parents.
- The initial educator shall be provided support seminars by the employing school district that reflect the appropriate Wisconsin Standards and the mission and goals of the school district.
- The initial educator shall be provided with a qualified mentor by the employing school district. The mentor period may be less than five years.
The focus of the Handbook is to address the third requirement of PI 34, the providing of a qualified mentor for all initial administrators serving as school business officials. The Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO) has expanded the availability of the mentorship program to all District Professional Members. It is recognized that current members who are changing positions within the state, assuming positions in Wisconsin after practicing in another state(s), or wishing to become more knowledgeable in a specific program may also want to participate in the mentorship program on a volunteer basis.