Book Reviews

Coloring Outside the Lines: Mentoring Women into School Leadership

by Mary E. Gardiner, Ernestine Enomoto and Margaret Grogan

Reviewed by Rene Townsend
Lecturer, California State University, San Marcos, Calif.

While women continue to fill the majority of positions in education, they still are vastly underrepresented in administrative posts. Coloring Outside the Lines: Mentoring Women into School Leadership is a valuable contribution for those serious about addressing the leadership shortage with a diverse pool of talent.

Co-authors Mary Gardiner, Ernestine Enomoto and Margaret Grogan, all of whom are education professors, offer useful recommendations grounded in solid research and data.

Rather than studying traditional mentoring practices based primarily on white men, the authors examined mentoring practices that appear to be successful for women in general and discovered unique issues and needs for people of color. Their work offers fresh insight and resonates with common sense.

The authors thoroughly detail types of mentoring, stages of mentoring relationships, positive and negative aspects of mentoring methods, and attributes of positive mentors and protégés. They offer sound theory and specific, clear and straightforward steps.

(Coloring Outside the Lines: Mentoring Women into School Leadership by Mary E. Gardiner, Ernestine Enomoto and Margaret Grogan, State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12246, 2000, 249 pp. with index, $19.95 softcover)