“Model of Excellence” Mentoring Program Expands Offerings

The Iowa Alliance for Arts Education is pleased to announce some additional offerings of the “Model of Excellence” mentoring program for the 2020-21 school year.  

The program currently offers 4 full-day in-person visits, unlimited virtual visits by your mentor, and a $250 scholarship for professional conference attendance and payment of professional organization dues.  

Starting in January of 2021, the mentoring program will offer these additional programs to assist teachers in COVID 19 instruction:

  • IAAE will cover the cost of subscription fees/purchase price for digital content used for either in-person, hybrid, or virtual instruction. This content can be used for improvement of the beginning teacher’s teaching skills or classroom instruction. (2 applications allowed for expenses during the 2020-2021 school year)
  • IAAE will also compensate school districts for the cost of virtual master classes on fine arts instruction. The presenters of the master class will be compensated at a rate of $100 per presentation/clinic. Since the funds for this program are appropriated by the Iowa legislature, we are asking that the master class presenters are Iowa residents. (4 applications allowed for expenses during the 2020-2021 school year)
  • Addition on March 27, 2021:  As school districts are beginning to allow outside visitors, the mentor grant will also cover the costs of in-person master classes, presentations and clinics compensated at a rate of $100 per presentation/clinic. 

It is important to note that all reimbursement payments must be sent to school districts, not individual teachers. Applications can be submitted at any time, but must be dated no later than June 1st. Applications can include any appropriate expenses from the 2020-2021 school year. Click on the appropriate link to find the reimbursement form.

Just a reminder, the scholarship application is also available here. Any questions may be directed to IAAE Mentor Program Co-Administrators: Leon Kuehner (leongkuehner@gmail.com) or Cassidy Noring (iaae.mentor@gmail.com)