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2018-19 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 SAI, space permitting (location confirmation and agendas will be sent in advance).

Dates: New Superintendents – Sept. 18 and Jan. 17

            New Middle School and High School Principals – Sept. 25 and Jan. 31

            New Elementary Principals – Sept. 27 and Jan. 29

            New Asst./Assoc. Principals & Deans (all levels) – Sept. 20 and Jan. 24   

  • 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 2018-19 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 2018-19 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.