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2019-20 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. All meetings are held at the SAI office, space permitting (location confirmation and agendas will be sent in advance). 
    • New Superintendents – Sept. 19 and Jan. 23 
    • New Middle School and High School Principals – Sept. 24 and Jan. 30 
    • New Elementary Principals – Sept. 26 and Jan. 28 
    • New Asst./Assoc. Principals & Deans (all levels) – Sept. 17 and Feb. 4 
  • 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 2019-20 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 or view mentor orientation and training webinar.  
  • Attend statewide meetings with your mentee (see above for dates). 
  • 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 2019-20 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.