New Superintendents Institute
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Co-sponsored with the Iowa Association of School Boards, the institute provides new administrators the opportunity not only for learning focused on getting a solid start but also for developing their professional network. Superintendents who are serving for the first time in the role as well as for those who are new to the state are encouraged to attend.

When: July 18, 2017
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: SAI Office
12199 Stratford Drive
Clive, Iowa  50325
United States
Contact: Debbie Wrenn

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Intended Outcomes:  Through participation in this institute, you will…

  1. Cultivate a professional learning network;

  2. Examine strategies for clarifying the Board’s expectations;

  3. Ensure clarity regarding your evaluation process;

  4. Discuss relevant scenarios in light of pertinent legal issues;

  5. Attend to the district’s financial health;

  6. Tap into the insight and expertise of superintendents who are finishing their first year in the role;

  7. Identify strategies for effective communication; and

  8. Reflect on strategies for an effective leadership-life fit.

Attire: Business Casual

9 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Roark Horn, SAI

Lisa Bartusek, IASB


Welcome from our Colleagues

Area Education Agencies

Iowa Department of Education

Tim Grieves, Northwest AEA chief

Ryan Wise, director


The First 100 Days: Being Clear about Board Expectations

Harry Heiligenthal

& Lou Ann Gvist, IASB


 Setting the Stage for Superintendent Evaluation

Roark Horn, SAI

10:40   BREAK  


  The First 100 Days: Aligning to the Law

Josie Lewis, IASB


Top 10 Questions to Ask and Answer in Your 1st 100 Days…Financially Speaking

Patti Schroeder & Shawn Snyder, IASB

12:10 p.m.

LUNCH on site


Roundtable Discussion: The First 100 Days: Had I only Known …

Large group

What was a key learning from your first 100 days?

Roundtables (15 minutes at each table)

What’s one thing you wish you had done differently in your first 100 days?

Erin Slater,
Ft. Madison

Janet Stutz,


Travis Schueller,

North Union & North Kossuth




The First 100 Days: Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

Tony Voss, Hudson


The First 100 Days: Finding your Leadership-life Fit

Dana Schon, SAI

Next Steps/Announcements/Evaluation

Evaluation Tool:

Roark Horn, SAI

Lisa Bartusek, IASB

3 p.m.