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Beginning Administrator Program

A Beginning Administrator is defined as someone employed as an administrator having less than one year of administrative experience. The Beginning Administrator Induction Program is designed to provide a new administrator support and assistance from a trained mentor in order for the Beginning Administrator to develop leadership skills based on the Arkansas Building and District Leaders Evaluation System known as the Leader Excellence and Development System (LEADS). LEADS standards are based on the Standards for School Leaders by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) of 2008.


The goal of mentoring is to provide support and focused feedback with regard to skills, professional behavior, and relevant, continuous professional growth for the first year administrator. Administrators with an Administrator License Completion Plan (ALCP) are mentored until the plan is completed up to three years. The mentor assists the Beginning Administrator with implementation of the Professional Growth Plan which is developed by the Beginning Administrator and his/her evaluator

Beginning Administrator Online Mentoring Modules

The Beginning Administrator (BA) Mentoring Program consists of online modules in Arkansas MOODLE.  BAs may choose a minimum of four (4) modules which support their job roles and Professional Growth Plan (PGP). The mentor and BA will collaborate as the BA works to complete each module. The modules are designed to be relevant to the administrator’s role. More modules will continue to be added to give BAs a greater selection.

View the tutorials below for the online mentoring modules and creating/updating ATLAS profiles.  The videos explain the step-by step process to begin using the online modules.


For more information, please contact:

Renee Nelson, Beginning Administrator Program Advisor

Arkansas Department of Education

Office of Educator Effectiveness

Four Capitol Mall, Room 107-A

Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-9850

Fax: 501-682-4382

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