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Virtual learning. 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 21, 2020
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Virtual learning
United States
Contact: Amy Swanson

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

  1. Cultivate a professional learning network;

  2. Identify strategies to develop a quality 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; 

  7. Engage in discussions about organizational strategies and routines; and 

  8. Prepare for an impactful evaluation process.


9 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Roark Horn, SAI


Welcome from the Area Education Agencies

All AEA Chiefs


Leadership-life Fit

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, especially in light of COVID19?

  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 manage your leadership-life fit? How has COVID19 impacted that?

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

Jarod Haselhuhn, Hampton-Dumont

Jody Kerchal, Clarke

Allison Salow, Waukee


Licensure, Ethical Leadership, and the Law

Joanne Tubbs & Greg Horstmann, BoEE

Matt Carver, SAI


Lunch break


School Administrators of Iowa ~ Linking Leadership and Learning

Dana Schon & Roark Horn, SAI


Roundtable Discussions: (30 min/each)

Organizational Strategies and Routines

Amy Denney,

Sioux City

Preparing for Impactful Classroom Observations and Evaluations--It Starts with Relationships

Mark Timmerman, Indianola

Ready to Launch

Chris DeNeui, Nevada


SAI’s Mentoring Program


Mentoring Matters

Dana Schon &

Amy Swanson, SAI


Closing Comments & Evaluation

Roark Horn &

Dana Schon, SAI

3 p.m.



Registration fee: $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.

This event will be held virtually. We will send an email with log-in instructions and any resources the day before the event.