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Iowa Department of Education announces 97 school districts added to Iowa’s teacher leadership system 


This news story was published on December 11, 2015.
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DES MOINES– Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced the next group of school districts chosen to launch local teacher leadership plans through Iowa’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation System.  Ninety-seven school districts have been added to the state system, bringing the total number of districts in the teacher leadership system to 295 (88 percent of Iowa districts).

“This system is about supporting teachers to do their best work so that our students can do their best work,” Wise said. “Students and schools today face higher expectations, and we must support the critical and complex work of teaching in order to improve instruction. We’re doing that through Iowa’s teacher leadership system, and it’s exciting that so many school districts share this commitment.”

Iowa’s teacher leadership system, which taps into the expertise of top teachers to improve classroom instruction and raise student achievement, is the centerpiece of Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds’ landmark education reform package passed by the Legislature in 2013. It is the nation’s most comprehensive teacher leadership system. About 25 percent of Iowa teachers will be in leadership roles when the system is fully phased in.

As of this fall, all 336 Iowa school districts had applied to join the teacher leadership system. The 97 newly accepted districts will implement their teacher leadership plans in the 2016-17 school year. The remaining 40 school districts will have an opportunity to refine and re-submit their plans for approval in the next two months. Wise said he is hopeful that all of Iowa’s school districts will join the teacher leadership system by the 2016-17 school year.

School districts in the teacher leadership system are at varying stages. Some are in their second year, while others are gearing up for participation.

A recent report on the first year of Iowa’s teacher leadership system found progress has been made toward each of the system’s five goals, including attracting new teachers, retaining effective teachers, promoting collaboration, rewarding professional growth and effective teaching, and improving student achievement. In addition, students in the first 39 participating school districts saw a jump in proficiency rates on state math and reading tests.

School districts are chosen for the system based on recommendations of the Commission on Educator Leadership and Compensation, which evaluates applications.

The teacher leadership system cost nearly $50 million in fiscal year 2015. That amount is expected to grow to about $150 million annually by fiscal year 2017, which would enable all districts to participate.

The 97 newly accepted districts are:

AGWSR

Albert City-Truesdale

Algona

Anamosa

Ar-We-Va

Ballard

Bedford

Boyden-Hull

Boyer Valley

Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom

Central Lee

Central Springs

Charles City

Cherokee

Clarion-Goldfield-Dows

Clarksville

Clear Lake

Colfax-Mingo

Coon Rapids-Bayard

Corning

Denison

Easton Valley

Eddyville-Blakesburg- Fremont

Eldora-New Providence

Estherville Lincoln Central

Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton

Forest City

Fort Madison

Garner-Hayfield

Gladbrook-Reinbeck

Glidden-Ralston

Graettinger-Terril

Griswold

Grundy Center

Harris-Lake Park

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn

Howard-Winneshiek

IKM-Manning

Interstate 35

Jesup

Lamoni

Laurens-Marathon

Logan-Magnolia

Louisa-Muscatine

LuVerne

Lynnville-Sully

Madrid

Martensdale-St Marys

Mediapolis

Missouri Valley

Montezuma

Morning Sun

Moulton-Udell

Mount Ayr

Nashua-Plainfield

Newell-Fonda

Newton

North Butler

North Iowa

North Tama County

North Union

North Winneshiek

Osage

Paton-Churdan

PCM

Perry

Pocahontas Area

Postville

Prairie Valley

River Valley

Riverside

Ruthven-Ayrshire

Sergeant Bluff-Luton

Shenandoah

Sibley-Ocheyedan

Sidney

Sigourney

Sioux Center

South Central Calhoun

South Hamilton

South O’Brien

South Page

South Tama County

Southeast Webster Grand

Spirit Lake

Storm Lake

Treynor

Tri-Center

Twin Cedars

Villisca

Walnut

West Bend-Mallard

West Burlington

West Fork

West Harrison

Woodbine

Woodward-Granger

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