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New Administrators Institute for Secondary 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: July 20, 2017
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: SAI Office
12199 Stratford Drive
Clive, Iowa  50325
United States
Contact: Debbie Wrenn

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

  1. Cultivate a professional learning network;

  2. Identify strategies to focus your leadership-life fit in the first 90 days;

  3. Access the expertise of practicing principals regarding designated topics;

  4. Confirm alignment to and satisfaction of BoEE requirements;

  5. Brush up on pertinent legal issues common to the start of the school year; and

  6. Connect with SAI resources and supports. 

Attire: Business Casual

9 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions (Grounding Activity)

Roark Horn, SAI


Welcome from our Colleagues

Area Education Agencies

Iowa Department of Education

Jon Sheldahl, Heartland AEA chief

Ryan Wise, director


Leadership-life Fit: Create routines early

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?

Teresa Schlichting, Mason City


Scott Blum,

Dallas Center-Grimes


Beau Jacobsen, Underwood


Legal Lens: Common Issues and Questions from the First 90 Days

Matt Carver, SAI


LUNCH on site


Licensure and Ethical Leadership

Dr. Ann Lebo &

Greg Horstmann, BoEE


Roundtable Discussions: Tapping into the Expertise of Practicing Principals (45 min/each including 3-minute transition)

*Understanding Your Role in your District’s Teacher Leadership Program

*Maximizing Classroom Observations and Evaluation

Kim Kazmierczak,

Council Bluffs

Mike Fisher, Waterloo


SAI’s Mentoring Program


Mentoring Matters 

Dana Schon & Amy Swanson, SAI


Closing Comments & Evaluation

Roark Horn &

Dana Schon, SAI

3 p.m.