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Mentoring and Induction for Beginning Administrators

Is a district required to participate in the Beginning Administrator Mentoring and Induction Program?

Answer: 

Yes, each school board shall establish and administrator mentoring program for all beginning administrators. The school board may adopt the model program developed by the department (e.g. School Administrators of Iowa).284A.5(3)

Who is eligible to be a mentor for a beginning administrator?

Answer: 

Mentor means an individual employed by a school district or AEA as a school district administrator or a retired administrator who holds a valid license issued under chapter 272.

How are the funds disbursed?

Answer: 

To the extent moneys are available; a school district shall receive $1500 per beginning administrator participating in the program.

What if an individual has already been a principal and is now assuming the role of superintendent for the first time, is this individual eligible?

Answer: 

Yes, a beginning administrator means an individual serving under an administrator license, issued by the board of educational examiners under Chapter 272, who is assuming a position as a school district principal or superintendent for the first time. 284A.2(2)

What about a position such as curriculum director? Is this individual eligible to participate?

Answer: 

Yes, if a local district or AEA has determined that a position such as curriculum director requires an administrator license (i.e., the requirement is part of the job description), then the individual is eligible to participate in the Beginning Administrator Mentoring and Induction Program.

Who is eligible to participate in the Beginning Administrator Mentoring and Induction Program?

Answer: 

A beginning administrator means an individual serving under an administrator license, issued by the board of educational examiners under Chapter 272, who is assuming a position as a school district principal or superintendent for the first time. 284A.2(2)

What must be included in the plan?

Answer: 

Each school board shall develop and implement a beginning administrator mentoring and induction plan.

What is the local district/AEA responsibility?

Answer: 

Each school board shall establish and administrator mentoring program for all beginning administrators. The school board may adopt the model program developed by the department (e.g. School Administrators of Iowa).

How is the $1500 to be utilized by the local school district?

Answer: 

To the extent moneys are available; a school district shall receive $1500 per beginning administrator participating in the program.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 19, 2014 at 1:52pm.