The Arkansas School Superintendent Mentoring Program is administered by the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators (AAEA) in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and the Arkansas Association of School Administrators (AASA). In accordance with Act 586 of 2011, the School Superintendent Mentoring Program includes professional development and the assignment of a trained mentor for first-year Arkansas school superintendents.The purpose of this comprehensive program is to provide essential training and the experience/knowledge of a veteran superintendent to enhance a new superintendent’s potential for success during their first year as a school system leader.
The superintendent mentoring program shall include:
- A minimum of eighteen (18) hours of training in the following components:curriculum and instruction, ethics, facilities, human resources, leadership, school finance, technology, school board relations, and the Standards for Accreditation of AR Public Schools.
- Twelve (12) hours of documented interaction between the new superintendent and a practicing or retired superintendent that has successfully completed a mentor (coaching) training program.
- The successful completion of an assessment for each of the program training components and a final assessment or project covering the entire program.
First-year AR superintendents shall complete the requirements of the superintendent mentoring program within twelve (12) months of becoming a first-year Arkansas superintendent to maintain his or her superintendent’s license.
If, due to disability or other extenuating circumstances as recognized by the State Board of Education, an educator who does not complete the requirements of the superintendent mentoring program within twelve (12) months of becoming a first-year AR superintendent, the State Board may permit the superintendent up to an additional (12) months to complete the program.