The Model of Excellence Mentor Program is designed to improve the quality of arts education through mentoring of first-year arts teachers.

This program is administrated through the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education, funded through a federal teacher quality grant that focuses on mentorship from the Iowa Department of Education. 

The program is designed to enhance, not supplant the established local/district/state mentoring programs. The mentor relationship is tailored specifically to the individual teacher and teaching situation. The information shared ranges from “survival” to “mastery” skills needed to be successful in the arts classroom, and provides for networking with other first-year and veteran teachers throughout the state of Iowa.

Program innovations include: identification of first-year teachers, assignment of both “active” and “observation” mentors (area-specific), development of a communications network to assist the mentoring process, development of a first-year teachers symposium, and the awarding of scholarships to join professional organizations and attend state conferences.

Our program activities:

Fall Symposium for First-Year Arts Educators November 8, 2014

Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge, Iowa

Check out our “Mentor Infomercials”

Are you a first-year teacher? Interested in becoming a mentor? Let’s get connected!

Contact a Mentor Chair for your arts area

Interested in knowing more about our program? Possible presentation for your organization?

Contact Leon Kuehner, IAAE mentor program co-chair

Contact Elizabeth Fritz, IAAE mentor program co-chair