Indiana New Administrator Leadership Institute
The Indiana New Administrator Leadership Institute (INALI) is designed to help new or early career administrators become effective instructional leaders and to quickly and comfortably assume the responsibilities of building administration. INALI is a two-year professional development program that includes extensive teacher evaluation training, mentoring by retired or seasoned administrators, conferences and regional cohort meetings. With all of these interactions, INALI members have a monthly touchpoint that allows them to build camaraderie, connection and a commitment to this next phase of their career.
In Their Words
INALI has been, by far, the most influential professional organization which I have been a part of in my eleven years as an educator. The knowledge gained through many professional development opportunities and relationships built with my cohort members and mentor has been nothing short of a blessing. Personally, INALI helped me navigate a significant change in my career path and has provided me with a network of people I can trust to seek advice.
Transitioning from the classroom to administration has a bit of a learning curve. The INALI program embraces the fact that beginning administrators need resources, training and support. The regional trainings and cohort meetings have provided a wealth of resources and training opportunities, while also facilitating the growth of a support network of follow administrators.
Being part of INALI Cohort #5 has been a fantastic experience as a second-year administrator. I have had the opportunity to learn from seasoned administrators and educators from across the state on various topics that are crucial and relevant to my job. It has also served as a great networking community because of the collaborating I have been able to do with my mentor and fellow new administrators. I feel as though INALI has helped me continue to build my “tool box” as an educator!
The INALI program has enabled me to have the support of other practicing principals, the guidance from experienced veteran administrators, and the education of current policies and procedures that impact my day-to-day efforts as an educational leader. In my second year of the program, I feel I possess a stronger skill set as a person, a leader and an educator. INALI has instilled a level of confidence within me that I would not have had otherwise. This program is an asset for new school leaders.
For two years, you’ll receive:
- IASP membership
- Free state conference attendance
- Professional development seminars in Indianapolis (July, September, February)
- Mentoring by a retired or practicing administrator
- Regional cohort meetings with mentor and regional group
- One-on-one school visit by mentor (fall and spring)
- Membership in Ed Leaders Network
- 55 Personal Growth Points for each year of participation
- Monthly regional group meetings
- Completion of INALI fulfills IMAP requirements.
Mentoring is one of the most important and rewarding benefits of INALI. When you join the two-year INALI program, you’re placed in a regional cohort group with other new or early career administrators. A mentor is assigned to each regional group and every other month, the mentor meets with the group as a whole. Not only is this is an opportunity for the mentor to provide input and problem-solving suggestions, but it’s also a time for the group members to share experiences and learn from one another. In addition to these meetings, the mentor will visit each individual group member at his or her school once a semester.
INALI mentors are seasoned or retired administrators whose years of experience make them ideal choices to come alongside new or early career administrators and offer advice and serve as a sounding board.
Want to join INALI?
Email Tim McRoberts at tmcroberts@iasp for more information.
On the Admin Track?
If you’re a current teacher on the administration track, consider the best time to join INALI. New programming starts every fall.