This paper aims to understand the everyday experiences of outstanding principals as mentors cum school leaders, analyze their challenges and secrets to successful school leadership and management, and propose policies for a viable mentoring program in DepEd – Division of Pasig City. In the context of this study, mentoring is a learning and development (L & D) program deliberately designed to prepare aspiring principals for the position to ensure that the next generation of school heads are well-prepared for the demands of the job. Documenting the success stories of mentoring programs implemented by school principals presents an opportunity to encourage other school leaders to do the same in their own respective schools, and may help strengthen and institutionalize a culture of mentoring and continuous improvement in the Division of Pasig City. Utilizing a case study design, this paper purposively identified five (5) outstanding principals who answered the following questions through semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions: (1) How were the participants mentored prior to them becoming school administrators themselves? (2) What mentoring programs have the participants put in place prior to and after they became school administrators? (3) How did the participants deal with the challenges of sustaining the mentoring programs that they initiated? (4) What have been the products of the mentoring programs started and sustained by the participants? (5) What types of mentoring programs may be institutionalized in the Division of Pasig City?, and (6) What policies may be put in place to institutionalize mentoring in DepEd Pasig?
Isabelle Sibayan, Department of Education, Philippines
Maricris Murillo, Pasig City Science High School, Philippines
Stream: Professional Training
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