Become a Mentor

Welcome, and thank you for you interest in becoming an NJ-L2L Mentor. Please read the following information carefully before completing the online NJ-L2L Mentor Application.

All mentor Candidates must provide a current resume which depicts the highlights of their career in school leadership. Include special initiatives, areas of expertise, and accomplishments which speak to your effectiveness as a leader.

In addition, retired mentor candidates must provide a list of professional activities in which they have engaged since retirement that have served to keep you updated in NJ School Reform initiatives.


Mentor Eligibility

  • Eligible mentors are currently employed school leaders or retired school leaders who hold New Jersey standard principal certification and have at least five (5) years of experience as principal and/or director in New Jersey public schools.
  • All mentors must be able to communicate electronically via e-mail and download documents from the NJ-L2L website.
  • Mentors are required to have access to their own computer for training programs and NJPSA/FEA information access.


Mentor Training

  • All eligible mentors must complete twelve (12) hours of State-required NJ-L2L mentor training. Training sessions meet throughout the year as three (3) four hour evening trainings, or two (2) six hour summer training sessions.
  • Mentor training dates are posted on
  • Mentors register online for mentor training sessions on
  • Mentors pay a registration fee of $75 for the twelve hour training program. Payment is made by personal check payable to FEA on Day 1 of the training.
  • All active mentors are required to complete Mentor Re-Certification training annually. The fee for this training is $75.


Mentor Application

  • Each applicant is required to upload his/her resume and submit it with the online application.
  • The application will not be submitted electronically without the resume attached.

Mentor Selection

  • All mentor applications and resumes are reviewed by the NJ-L2L Coordinator for approval based on NJ-L2L eligibility criteria.
  • Accepted applications will be notified in writing by the NJ-L2L Coordinator, and will be sent an FEA consultant contract login and password to register online for the required mentor training at
  • Applicants who do not meet eligibility criteria will be notified in writing and will be provided an opportunity to present additional information that may clarify his/her eligibility.
  • In cases where eligibility may be reconsidered, the NJ-L2L Coordinator may consult with the Associate Director for School Leadership Programs to make a final decision and will then notify the applicant in writing.


Mentor Pairing With The New School Leaders

  • NJ-L2L Coordinator pairs trained mentors and new school leaders based on the administrative experience of the mentor related to: types of positions held (i.e. principal, director); grade levels (i.e. primary, elementary, middle, high school); district/community types (i.e. urban, rural, suburban,regional); and school types (i.e. technical, special education). Mentors to not request specific residents, nor do residents request specific mentors.
  • Pairing also considers the unique experience and/or expertise of mentors that may be particularly suitable to circumstances of new school leaders.
  • Mentors and new school leaders will have an opportunity to meet to determine if the “fit” is right for each of them. The pairing may be changed within the first eight (8) weeks of the program with good reason if either the mentor or new school leader requests it.
  • Mentors will not be paired with Residents from their own school districts or who they evaluate for the school district.

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