A Beginning Administrator (BA) is defined as someone employed as an administrator having less than one year of administrative experience. The Beginning Administrator Mentoring System 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.
The online platform of the Beginning Administrator Mentoring System is BloomBoard. The BA can earn micro-credentials as part of the mentoring process to document attainment of skills related to his/her professional growth goals. Mentors will recommend competency-based resources from the BloomBoard Collections (formerly known as the BloomBoard Marketplace) and Arkansas Internet Delivered Education for Arkansas Schools (IDEAS) to the BA as he/she works to achieve Professional Growth Plan (PGP) goals and associated micro-credentials.
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