Beginning Administrator

2021-2022 Beginning Administrator Registry

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 26-27
  • Credentialing and Ethics for Administrators (Summer/Fall Face-to-Face)
  • Mid-Year Session: The Inclusive Principal (Winter, Face-to-Face)
  • Monthly group advisory sessions (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

To access the registry, go to Beginning Administrator Registry. This will allow registration of the administrator for Beginning Administrator Induction for 2021-22 including TESS Credentialing and the AAEA Summer Conference, July 26-27. Once you submit BA information, you will receive a link to a document that outlines the BAI Program and includes registration links for the conference and TESS sessions. You can also access the BAI Program document link here..

For more information, please contact:

Lenett Thrasher, AAEA:
Alyse Mattox, AAEA:
Andy Sullivan, DESE: