PAGE MENU

2021-22 Mentoring and Induction Program 
Participant Expectations

SAI’s beginning administrator mentoring and induction program is created to promote excellence in school leadership, improve classroom instruction, enhance student achievement, build a supportive environment within school districts, increase the retention of promising school leaders, and promote the personal and professional well-being of administrators. 

Each district is required by law to provide beginning principals and persons new to the superintendency with a mentoring and induction program. Districts can meet legislated requirements by using SAI’s program. It is optional for beginning assistant/associate principals or deans. 

Mentee Expectations (Beginning administrator participation is important and expected.) 

  • Attend statewide meetings with your mentor (schedule below). 
  • Initiate communication with your mentor regarding questions or issues as they arise. 
  • Participate in weekly conversations with your mentor. 
  • Meet face-to-face monthly with your mentor.  
  • Host mentor at your school at least once during the course of the year.  
  • Visit your mentor’s school at least once during the course of the year.  
  • Complete surveys to assist with program evaluation. 
  • Inform SAI if the relationship with your mentor is not meeting your needs or these expectations.  
  • Fully participate in the program throughout the 2021-22 school year (this is a one-year commitment as required by Iowa law for principals and superintendents only).

Mentor Expectations 

  • Attend a mentor training session and/or view mentor orientation and training webinar.  
  • Attend statewide meetings with your mentee (schedule below). 
  • Initiate contact with your mentee at least once a week. 
  • Schedule and facilitate monthly face-to-face visits with your mentee.  
  • Utilize online resources provided in monthly editions of Mentoring Matters
  • Complete monthly data collection tool. 
  • Visit your mentee’s school at least once during the course of the year.  
  • Host mentee at your school at least once during the course of the year.  
  • Complete surveys to assist with program evaluation. 
  • Inform SAI if the relationship with your mentee is not meeting expectations.  
  • Keep the interactions between you and your mentee confidential.*  
  • Support your mentee throughout the 2021-22 school year (this is a one-year commitment).

* The appropriate role for a mentor is to provide a safe, supportive learning experience for the mentee. In particular, the mentor should not engage in conversations with a mentee’s supervisor regarding issues related to the mentee’s performance or abilities unless the mentor is concerned about illegal, unethical or immoral behavior.

Statewide Meetings Schedule

New Leader
Position
Fall in-person at the SAI office
(space permitting)
Legal Lessons
for New Leaders (virtual)
Fall (virtual) Winter (virtual) Legal Lessons for New Leaders (virtual)
Superintendents Sept. 9
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Oct. 21
9-10 a.m.
Nov. 12
12:30-3 p.m.
Jan. 13
9-11:30 a.m.
Mar. 8
9-10 a.m.
Middle School and
High School Principals
Sept. 21
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Oct. 21
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Nov. 12
9-11:30 a.m.
Feb. 3
9-11:30 a.m.
Mar. 8
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Elementary
Principals
Sept. 16
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Oct. 21
1-2 p.m.
Nov. 16
12:30-3 p.m.
Feb. 8
9-11:30 a.m.
Mar. 8
1-2 p.m.
Asst./Assoc. Principals &
Deans (all levels)
Sept. 23
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
With either MS/HS or Elementary Nov. 16
9-11:30 a.m.
Feb. 8
12:30-3 p.m.
With either MS/HS or Elementary