The creation of a relational, co-mentoring community for aspiring school leaders during their certification program may allow these future leaders to participate in a peer mentoring process wherein they engage one another in interdependence, experience reciprocal growth-fostering interactions, and tackle issues related to systemic power. The relational mentoring process creates a network of colleagues who understand the nature of the work of a principal candidate and who provide support and promote trust, knowing what they reveal will be held in confidence. This study focuses on two questions: How does the process of self-portraiture help principal candidates reflect on the kind of leader they want to become? How do principal candidates mentor one another through the selfportraiture process? The self-portrait is a form of auto-ethnography that the principal candidates write and share with one another as a part of the certification coursework.
Cowin, Kathleen M. and Newcomer, Sarah N.
"Sharing Stories and Learning to Lead: A Relational Mentoring Process Through Self-Portraiture,"
Mid-Western Educational Researcher: Vol. 31:
2, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/mwer/vol31/iss2/6