(105 ILCS 5/2-3.53b)
New superintendent mentoring program.
(a) Beginning on July 1, 2009 and subject to an annual appropriation by the General Assembly, to establish a new superintendent mentoring program for new superintendents. Any individual who begins serving as a superintendent in this State on or after July 1, 2009 and has not previously served as a school district superintendent in this State shall participate in the new superintendent mentoring program for the duration of his or her first 2 school years as a superintendent and must complete the program in accordance with the requirements established by the State Board of Education by rule. The new superintendent mentoring program shall match an experienced superintendent who meets the requirements of subsection (b) of this Section with each new superintendent in his or her first 2 school years in that position in order to assist the new superintendent in the development of his or her professional growth and to provide guidance during the new superintendent's first 2 school years of service.
(b) Any individual who has actively served as a school district superintendent in this State for 3 or more years and who has demonstrated success as an instructional leader, as determined by the State Board of Education by rule, is eligible to apply to be a mentor under the new superintendent mentoring program. Mentors shall complete mentoring training through a provider selected by the State Board of Education and shall meet any other requirements set forth by the State Board and by the school district employing the mentor.
(c) Under the new superintendent mentoring program, a provider selected by the State Board of Education shall assign a mentor to a new superintendent based on (i) similarity of grade level or type of school district, (ii) learning needs of the new superintendent, and (iii) geographical proximity of the mentor to the new superintendent. The new superintendent, in collaboration with the mentor, shall identify areas for improvement of the new superintendent's professional growth, including, but not limited to, each of the following:
(1) Analyzing data and applying it to practice.
(2) Aligning professional development and
(3) Building a professional learning community.
(4) Effective school board relations.
(5) Facilitating effective meetings.
(6) Developing distributive leadership practices.
(7) Facilitating organizational change.
The mentor must not be required to provide an evaluation of the new superintendent on the basis of the mentoring relationship.
(d) From January 1, 2010 until May 15, 2010 and from January 1 until May 15 each year thereafter, each mentor and each new superintendent shall complete a survey of progress of the new superintendent on a form developed by the school district. On or before September 1, 2010 and on or before September 1 of each year thereafter, the provider selected by the State Board of Education shall submit a detailed annual report to the State Board of how the appropriation for the new superintendent mentoring program was spent, details on each mentor-mentee relationship, and a qualitative evaluation of the outcomes. The provider shall develop a verification form that each new superintendent and his or her mentor must complete and submit to the provider to certify completion of each year of the new superintendent mentoring program by July 15 immediately following the school year just completed.
(e) The requirements of this Section do not apply to any individual who has previously served as an assistant superintendent in a school district in this State acting under an administrative certificate for 5 or more years and who, on or after July 1, 2009, begins serving as a superintendent in the school district where he or she had served as an assistant superintendent immediately prior to being named superintendent, although such an individual may choose to participate in the new superintendent mentoring program or may be required to participate by the school district. The requirements of this Section do not apply to any superintendent or chief executive officer of a school district organized under Article 34 of this Code.
(f) The State Board may adopt any rules that are necessary for the implementation of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 96-62, eff. 7-23-09.)