Mentoring and Induction Information for Superintendents

We’d like to share with you two opportunities for new administrators. The first is the SAI Mentoring and Induction Program, the second is New Administrators Institutes, both of which help assure new administrators have the support they need for a successful first year.

Mentoring and Induction Program

Your district is required by § chapter 284A.5 to have a mentoring and induction plan for beginning principals and persons new to the superintendency regardless of whether you have a beginning administrator in any given year. A beginning administrator is defined by law as “an individual … who is assuming a position as a school district principal or superintendent for the first time.” SAI’s program meets these requirements.

If your district intends to name the SAI program to satisfy this requirement, you will need to do the following:

  1. Sign and submit to SAI the 2018-19 Agreement. Maintain a copy for your district files.
  2. If and when you hire a beginning administrator as defined above, enroll him or her in the program. Early enrollment enables the matching process to begin as soon as possible.
  3. Review the Program Description and Participant Expectations with your district’s beginning administrator/s.

Note: You do not need to secure a mentor for your beginning administrator; this is part of the service provided by SAI.

New Administrators Institutes

These one-day events are available to administrators of public and accredited nonpublic schools who are beginning the first year in their position, whether brand new or changing levels. We’re pleased to partner with the Department of Education in offering these learning opportunities. The Institute for new superintendents is co-facilitated by SAI and IASB staff. All institutes are held at the SAI office in Clive.

Audience Date
Superintendents July 17, 2018
Elementary Principals July 24, 2018
Middle and High School Principals July 26, 2018
Assistant/Associate Principals & Deans July 30, 2018

The New Administrators Institutes will address topics relevant to each job-alike group, including but not limited to leadership for learning, critical dates and deadlines, how to establish a learning culture and must-know legal tips. Each session will include presentations by respected Iowa administrators and opportunities to network with colleagues. Registration for the July Institutes is separate from the Mentoring Program enrollment and is available at

If you have questions or need additional information about these opportunities, please contact SAI Professional Learning Director Dana Schon, Program Director Amy Swanson or Executive Director Roark Horn. Together we can help administrators in new positions experience success during this critical time in their career.