The Strategic Mentoring Culture
programs that have a high impact on the
effectiveness of mentoring, the quality of teaching,
the success of students, and attainment of
organizational goals, all have a number of common
Creating such results is why each organization
needs to become a learning community, or as this
author asserts, a "Strategic Mentoring Culture".
This structure is "strategic" because every
component of it is designed and carried out as a
"strategy" to achieve the desired results. People
don't just do the required activities. They
understand why the activities are needed relative to
the goals and they do what's needed because of their
personal commitment to achieve those goals.
In a Strategic Mentoring Culture there needs to
Expert - Novice mentoring at every level of practice
and within the program
Peer - to - peer mentoring at every level of
practice and within the program
ONE set of common mentoring strategies
implemented at all five of the levels of the program
The diagram to the right shows what the first two
elements of that culture are like. Every person
should be involved in both kinds of mentoring, both
giving and receiving support for growth and
Below on this page is an illustration of what the
complete Strategic Mentoring Culture looks like.
Each arrow represents the dialogue described above.