Mentoring Matters: Get new administrators off to a great start for 2022-23


SAI has two distinct opportunities to help ensure new administrators have the support they need for a successful first year. The first is the SAI Mentoring and Induction Program, the second is New Administrators Institutes. 

Mentoring and Induction Program 

SAI provides a Mentoring and Induction program that satisfies requirements established in § chapter 284A.5 for beginning administrators. 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.” Regardless of whether you have a beginning administrator in any given year, your district is required to have a copy of its agreement with SAI on file. 

If your district has identified SAI’s program to satisfy this requirement, you will need to do the following: 

  1. Confirm that you have an agreement with SAI on file. If not, sign and submit this Agreement to SAI.
  2. If and when you hire a beginning administrator as defined above, have that person register for the program (using the respective calendar listing). Early enrollment enables the mentor 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 

Separate from the Mentoring Program, these one-day events are available to administrators who are beginning the first year in their position, whether brand new or transitioning to a different role.   

Audience Date
Superintendents July 12, 2022 
Elementary Principals July 19, 2022
Middle and High School Principals July 21, 2022 
Assistant/Associate Principals & Deans July 25, 2022 

The New Administrators Institutes will address topics relevant to each job-alike group, including but not limited to leadership for learning, navigating the first 90 days, 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. 

Individuals should register here for the July Institutes. Please note that participants must register separately for the New Administrators Institute and the Mentoring Program. 

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