Thursday, December 10, 2015

TLC Grant-From Iowa Department of Education

97 school districts added to Iowa’s teacher leadership system

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
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 the state’s 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.
The system paves the way for more support and greater collaboration for all teachers to learn from each other instead of operating largely in isolation within their classrooms.  
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.
“I have had the opportunity to visit many school districts with teacher leadership plans, and the feedback has been very positive,” Wise said. “What I’m hearing is that the system empowers teachers and principals to work together in new ways and that teachers have found greater support, opportunities for collaboration, and ownership over decision-making, particularly as it relates to professional development for their colleagues.”
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.
Districts that apply to start teacher leadership systems are required to set a vision and goals for what they plan to accomplish. They also must address “must-haves,” such as setting a minimum teacher salary of $33,500, improving entry into the profession through efforts that include mentoring new teachers, and a rigorous selection process for leadership roles.
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

Board Notes 12-9-15

Last evening the North Butler Board of Education took the following actions:
1. Set January Board meeting for Wednesday January 20 at 5PM
2. Heard about the IASB convention. 
3. Viewed presentation by Mass Media Class
4. Approved Early Retirement/Resignation of Rick Backer
5. Tabled payoff of Revenue Bonds
6. Approved SBRC application for Admin Costs of River Hills
7. Approved human resources items
8. Approved Admin Reports

Monday, December 7, 2015

December 9th Board Meeting

Mission Statement
To create a positive learning environment that promotes high achievement, responsible citizenship, and success for all.


North Butler Community Schools
Board Meeting Wednesday December 9, 2015, 6:30 PM
North Butler High School - Media Center, Greene

1.     Call to Order
2.     Review and Approve Agenda
3.     Review and Approve Minutes from November 9, 2015
4.     Financial reports
5.     Public Items of Discussion
6.     Board Items of Discussion
a. Discuss January Board Meeting date
7.     Staff Presentation-Mr. McAlpine and Mass Media class
8.     Approve Early Retirement Application for Rick Backer
9.     Discuss/Action on Early Payoff of Revenue Bond
10.  Exempt Session to discuss negotiations.
11.  Human Resources
A.    Resignations
B.    Contracts
C.    Subs
12.  Administrative Reports
13.  Board Reflections of meeting

14.  Adjournment

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December Board Meeting

The December meeting of the North Butler Board of Education has been moved to Wednesday December 9th at 6:30 PM in the HS Media Center in Greene.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veteran's Day

I would like to offer a special Thank You to all of the Veteran's who have served in all of the branches of the Armed Forces throughout the history of our great country. Without your service and sacrifices we would not enjoy the freedoms that we have today.

From the revolutionary war, to those who currently serve our country in the War on Terrorism, our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, and Coast Guard members have sworn to defend our nation and if need be have made or are willing at any time to make the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.

Throughout the course of my life I have had the privilege of speaking to men and women who have served in every conflict from WWI, to the present day. These people are national treasures to those of us in education, as they are living lessons in history and patriotism that we as educators can call on to help our students understand the commitment, dedication, and sacrifices that these people make so that we can live the lives that we do.

I am very proud that North Butler Community Schools is able to offer programs to our Veteran's at both the North Butler Elementary and the North Butler JH/HS. We are very appreciative of those veterans who attended our programs this year, and those community members who turned out to show their gratitude also.

As the parent of a United States Marine, I gladly thank all of our Veteran's and current service members for their service to The United States of America and our people!

Happy Veterans Day

#ItsGreatToBeABearcat

Notes from 11-9-15 Board Meeting

Notes from Monday’s Board Meeting

At Monday’s meeting the North Butler Board of Education took the following actions:
1. Heard from 2 staff members regarding sick pay/seniority.
2. Watched a presentation from Mr. Bacheldor on the technology used in his classroom.
3. Discussed maintaining a level of 2 custodians at the HS.
4. Approved a Social Studies Club and the Athletic Leadership Council
5. Approved SBRC application for new OE outs.
6. Approved Special Education contracts with other districts.
7. Approved moving to Software Unlimited office Suite effective 1/1/16
8. Approved Early Retirement package for Certified and 12 Month classified staff.
9. Approved City of Greene request to transfer 20 feet of additional ground between city hall and the bus barn.
10. Approved Personnel items including Jeff Mouw as sub teacher, Isaac Almelien as JH Boys BB coach, and a handful of volunteer coaches.
11. Approved Administrative Reports.
12. Spent time reflecting on the meeting.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Legislative Forum agenda 11-10-15


Mission Statement
To create a positive learning environment that promotes high achievement, responsible citizenship, and success for all.


North Butler Community Schools
Legislative Forum Tuesday November 10, 2015, 7-9 PM
North Butler Elementary School - Auditorium, Allison

1.     Call to Order
2.     Review and Approve Agenda
3.     NB Presentation to Legislators
4.     Discussion between Board, Admin, NBEA, ISEA, SAI, IASB and Legislators
5.     Questions from Gallery for Legislators as time allows
6.     Adjourn (Approximately 9PM earlier if completed)


Friday, November 6, 2015

Upcoming Events

North Butler is proud to stream 2 upcoming events at our school on the High School Cube:

Legislative Forum Tuesday, November 10th at 7 PM
http://thecube.com/event/564312

Veteran's Day Program at NB Jr/Sr High Wednesday, November 11th at 10:30 AM
http://thecube.com/event/564439

Please pass this message to friends & family.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Board Meeting 11-9-15 Agenda


Mission Statement
To create a positive learning environment that promotes high achievement, responsible citizenship, and success for all.


North Butler Community Schools
Board Meeting Monday November 9, 2015, 6:30 PM
North Butler Elementary School - Media Center, Allison

1.     Call to Order
2.     Review and Approve Agenda
3.     Review and Approve Minutes from September 16, 2015
4.     Financial reports
5.     Public Items of Discussion
6.     Board Items of Discussion
a.     Board Convention
b.     Delegate Assembly
7.     Staff Presentation-Mr. Bacheldor
8.     Discuss/Action on HS Custodians
9.     Discuss/Action on New HS clubs
10.  Approve Early Graduate List
11.  Approve SBRC Application for new Open Enrolled Out
12.  Approve Special Education Contracts for 15-16 School Year
13.  Discuss/Action on new accounting software-Software Unlimited
14.  Discuss/Action on Early Retirement for Certified staff-1st Reading
15.  Discuss/Action on Early Retirement for Classified staff-1st Reading
16.  Discuss/Action on City request for property by city hall
17.  Human Resources
A.    Resignations
B.    Contracts
C.    Subs
18.  Administrative Reports
19.  Board Reflections of meeting
20.  Adjournment




Next Meeting Monday December 14, 2015, 6:30 PM NB HS Media Center, Greene.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Board Workshop




North Butler Community Schools
Board Workshop Wednesday November 4, 2015, 5:30 PM
North Butler Elementary School - Media Center, Allison

1.     Call to Order
2.     Review and Approve Agenda
3.     Work session with Iowa Association of School Boards
4.     Work session for board business
5.     Adjournment
6.     Exempt Session-Bargaining sessions, strategy sessions of boards in a collective bargaining process. Iowa Code §20.17.



Next Meeting Monday November 9, 2015, 6:30 PM NB Elementary Media Center, Allison.