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:
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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.