Beginning Administrator

2022-2023 Beginning Administrator Induction

Each Beginning Administrator (BA), a first-year administrator with no prior experience as an administrator, is required to receive mentoring/induction support for his or her first three years of employment

The BA induction and first year of mentoring support is in partnership with the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators (AAEA). Administrators in year two and three of mentoring may attend the regionally organized Professional Learning Networks for new administrators.  

The year will utilize a blended approach featuring in-person and virtual learning.  Induction will include:

  • AAEA Summer Conference, July 25-26
  • TESS Credentialing and Ethics for Administrators (Summer/Fall Face-to-Face)
  • Mid-Year Session: The Inclusive Principal (Winter, Face-to-Face)
  • Twice monthly group advisory sessions held virtually
  • Access to a network of specialized advisors

Upon hiring new administrators, school districts must register the following.
First year administrators (excluding superintendents)

  • Principal
  • Principal
  • Administrator
  • Education Administrator

Administrators from out-of-state with previous experience; and Administrators returning to the profession

Click here to access the Beginning Administrator Registry. By completing the form, the Beginning Administrator will be registered for required trainings for the 2022-2023 Beginning Administrator Induction including TESS Credentialing.  Once you submit Beginning Administrator information, you will receive a link to a document that outlines the Beginning Administrator Induction Program and includes registration links for the required sessions.

Year 2 and 3 Beginning Administrators do not need to register as they are already included in the induction program.


For more information, please contact:

Lenett Thrasher, AAEA:
Melanie Thrasher, AAEA:
Andy Sullivan, DESE:

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