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New Administrators Institute for Elementary Principals
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The institute will provide new administrators the opportunity not only for learning focused on getting a solid start but also for developing their professional network.

When: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: SAI Office
12199 Stratford Drive
Clive, Iowa  50325
United States
Contact: Amy Swanson

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Creating Capacity: The First 90 Days

Intended Outcomes:  Through participation in this institute, you will…

  1. Cultivate a professional learning network;

  2. Identify strategies to develop a desired leadership-life fit;

  3. Access the expertise of practicing principals with your questions;

  4. Ensure your licensure and your leadership practice are in alignment with the BoEE rules and regulations and the law;

  5. Connect with School Administrators of Iowa resources and supports;

  6. Learn tips, tools, and strategies for a successful first day and beyond; and

  7. Engage in discussions to surface organizational strategies and tactics and ideas for impactful evaluation.


9 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions (Grounding Activity)

What questions are most on your mind today?


Roark Horn, SAI


Welcome on behalf of our Area Education Agencies

Tom Lane,

AEA executive director


Leadership-life Fit: Put Routines in Place

Dana Schon, SAI




Modified Panel Discussion: The First 90 Days What I Wish I Had Known

  1. What was your greatest celebration or success during your first few months on the job? What do you remember feeling especially good about?

  2. Tell us about your first faculty meeting. What were your key agenda items? What did you learn and how will it look different this year?

  3. How did you develop relationships with staff—both classified and certified? What do you wish you had done differently, if anything?

  4. How did you connect with parents and the community? How did you involve/engage parents from the start? What do you wish you had done differently?

  5. What caught you most off guard in your first month or two—what did you not expect?

  6. How did you begin to develop a shared vision for teaching and learning?

  7. If you could have one re-do from those first few months as a new principal, what would it be?

Iowa elementary principals


Licensure and Ethical Leadership

Joanne Tubbs, Greg Horstmann & Ann Lebo, BoEE

12 p.m.

LUNCH on site


School Administrators of Iowa ~ Linking Leadership and Learning

Dana Schon & Roark Horn, SAI


Ready to Launch--Tips and Tools for Day 1 and Beyond


Dana Schon


Roundtable Discussions:(35 min/each – includes 3-minute transition)

*Organizational Strategies and Tactics

Gayle Allensworth, Red Oak

*Preparing for Impactful Classroom Observations and Evaluations

Tara Owen, Ankeny


SAI’s Mentoring Program


Mentoring Matters - past issues

Dana Schon &

Amy Swanson, SAI


Closing Comments & Evaluation

Roark Horn &

Dana Schon, SAI

3 p.m.


Attire: Business Casual

Registration fee: (includes continental breakfast and lunch) $110.

Cancellation: Notification must be received three business days prior to the workshop for a refund of the registration fees. Contact us here or call 515-267-1115 to let us know if you're unable to attend.