Mentoring Program (AMP) for First-Year Superintendents
For many years MASA has had a network of experienced superintendents to mentor new superintendents as they entered the field. Since 2005 superintendent mentoring has been coordinated by MASA through the program created by the Missouri Partnership for Mentoring School Leaders, commonly known as AMP (Administrator Mentoring Program).
The MASA Mentoring Committee will pair new superintendents with a veteran superintendent as a mentor. New K-8 superintendents will go through AMP for principals, unless they have previously served as a principal. Successful superintendents in each MASA region will be asked to serve as mentors.
Ten (10) hours of face-to-face contact is required between mentor and new superintendent. A log of such time must be completed and turned in to MASA for the mentor to receive the stipend. This contact time must be completed by April 30. The new superintendent should log all contact hours with experienced superintendents in support of certification renewal.
Mentor/mentee roundtables will be provided at the DESE Conference, MSBA/MASA Fall Conference in September/October, and MASA Spring Conference. These sessions will focus on timely issues and leadership. They should be attended by mentor and mentee. DESE will provide program support as needed and be provided with mentoring data.
Mentor/mentee matches will be made in the spring or as soon as we are informed of a new hire, so the mentor can begin to provide assistance to the first-year superintendent as they begin to make the transition into the new position.
Cost to the school district for new superintendent to enroll in AMP program: $300
If you have any questions regarding the Mentoring Program, please contact the MASA Office, the mentoring committee representative from your MASA region, the chairperson of the MASA Mentoring Committee, Chris Gaines, Superintendent at Mehlville School District at 314-467-5002.