To assist beginning fine arts educators, the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education maintains a mentoring program for these teachers at no cost to the local school district. This program offers both on-site and virtual mentoring along with professional development opportunities and professional development scholarships.

The IAAE mentoring program had a very successful 2019-2020 school year. The IAAE mentors completed 214 mentor visits to teachers in 69 different schools in Iowa. Of the 214 visits, 70 of them were virtual mentor visits. These visits took place via Zoom, Go to Meeting, Skype, or phone call starting the end of March when the schools shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was very rewarding to see our mentors respond to the needs of our young professionals.

The 2020 Iowa legislature approved $25,000 in matching funds to continue the mentoring program for the 2020-2021 school year. This is the fifth consecutive year that the Iowa legislature has funded the IAAE mentoring program.