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Updated on March 5, 1998

Iowa -

There is currently no state-mandated mentoring or induction program in Iowa, nor is there a voluntary mentoring program suggested by the state. At one time there was a voluntary mentoring program effort underway, but it was recently removed as it was perceived by educators to be too prescriptive and too tightly linked to licensure. Apparently it was the role of the mentor which was too closely related to the evaluation for licensure.

As of February 12, 1998, the state legislature was about to receive a beginning teacher support program proposal which was just moved out of legislative committee. The proposal would provide state funds for a 1 or 2 year pilot program. The pilot programs would be evaluated to aid in the future consideration of a full implementation of the proposed mentoring program.

A contact person is Dr. Anne Kruse at 515-281-5949. Anne is the Executive Director of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. Her address is Grimes State Office Bldg., Des Moines, IA 50309-0147. Her e-mail is <>.

The state also has a requirement for new teacher evaluation but has each district develop their own methods of conducting that assessment.

If you are aware of incorrect statements in this material OR if you can add authoritative new information concerning mentoring and induction in the various United States, please contact Barry Sweeny with that information. His e-mail is

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