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Mentoring & Induction

The goal of Iowa's teacher quality program is to enhance the learning, achievement and performance of all students through the recruitment, support and retention of quality Iowa teachers. The program shall contain specific strategies that include a mentoring and induction program for beginning teachers.


“Beginning teacher” means an individual serving under an initial, Class A, exchange or intern license, issued by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners (BoEE). Beginning teachers employed by districts and by AEAs, including preschool through 12th grade, guidance counselors, teacher librarians, long-term substitutes who are under contract with a school district or AEA, and any new teacher/educator who holds any of the previously listed licenses should be involved in a mentoring and induction program. Only employees with a teaching license issued by the BoEE are eligible for mentoring and induction funded by the state of Iowa. Employees holding a Statement of Professional Recognition, also issued by the BoEE, are not eligible for mentoring and induction.

Mentor Requirements

Teachers selected to be mentors must meet the requirements established in the legislation. The individuals must:

  • Be employed by a school district or AEA as a teacher or a retired teacher who holds a valid license issued under Iowa Code chapter 272.
  • Have a record of four years of successful teaching practice.
  • Be employed on a non-probationary basis.
  • Demonstrate professional commitment to both the improvement of teaching and learning and the development of beginning teachers.

Registration Information

Registration information for mentor training, as well as first and second year teacher training, is sent to each district’s identified mentoring contact in the spring, as well as again during the summer.

Resources for Program Requirements

Heartland AEA’s State Mentoring and Induction Plan (PDF)
State Technical Assistance Guide (PDF)
     ■ High Quality Mentoring and Induction Survey (PDF)
     ■ Mentor Selection Process Survey (PDF)
     ■ Support for Beginning Teachers Survey (PDF)
     ■ Supportive Organizational Structure Survey (PDF)

Heartland AEA Mentoring and Induction Program

Heartland AEA Mentor Training “Mentoring Matters" (PDF)
Heartland AEA Supported “Building Capacity: Beginning Teacher Year 1" (PDF)
Heartland AEA Supported “Mentoring Year 2: Instruction for All Students" (PDF)

Resources to Enhance Your Mentoring & Induction Program

A Partnership Approach to Teacher Induction (New Teacher Center) (PDF)
Content Standards: The Role of Comprehensive Induction (Learning Forward) (PDF)
High Quality Mentoring and Induction Practices (New Teacher Center) (PDF)

For more information or questions, contact:

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Sue Ford
Professional Learning & Leadership Consultant
(800) 255-0405  ext. 15005

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