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
The Beginning Administrator (BA) Mentoring Program consists of online resource modules in Arkansas MOODLE aligned with the Leader Excellence and Development System Evaluation Standards. During the first semester, the BA will use the Survive and Thrive resource module as a guide to help with beginning school and completing tasks throughout the semester with assistance from the mentor. The BA will choose a minimum of two (2) resource modules during the second semester which supports his or her Professional Growth Plan (PGP). The Survive and Thrive resource module can also continue to be used throughout the second semester with the other selected resource modules. The mentor and BA will collaborate as the BA works to complete each resource module. The resource modules are designed to be relevant to the administrator’s role.
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