2023-2024 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/her first three years of employment. The Beginning Administrator Induction (BAI) and first year of mentoring support is provided in partnership with the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators (AAEA). Beginning Administrators in years two and three do not need to register for the induction program. These individuals will continue to be supported through DESE, AAEA, the education service cooperatives, and their school districts, but their training requirements have been met.
Upon hiring a new administrator, the school district must register any first-year administrator (excluding superintendents) serving in the following areas:
- Assistant Principal
- Curriculum Administrator
- Special Education Administrator
Additionally, the administrators listed below must be registered in the BAI program. The only requirement for the following individuals is to complete TESS Credentialing. All other trainings or support are optional.
- Administrators returning to the profession
- Administrators from out-of-state with previous experience; and
Year 1 induction utilizes a blended approach featuring in-person and virtual learning. Induction will include leadership conference attendance, TESS Credentialing, ethics training, training in inclusive practices, and twice monthly group advisory sessions held virtually. BA requirements are outlined in this document. Additionally, participants will have the option of participating in virtual Hot Topic sessions throughout the year with a network of specialized advisors.
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