Superintendent Greg Ebeling recently announced that the Pella Community School District is in the first group of Iowa school districts selected to launch teacher leadership systems next school year.
Teacher leadership systems will allow teachers to work in greater collaboration with colleagues and school administrators to improve instruction and increase student achievement. Out of Iowa’s 346 school districts, 146 applied to start teacher leadership systems in 2014-15 and 39 were selected. A list of all selected school districts is at the end of this press release.
“Pella Community School is certainly honored and excited about receiving this grant,” Pella Community School District Superintendent Greg Ebeling said. “It will provide nearly $660,000 into the district for teachers to assume additional leadership responsibility. We truly believe that the best way for our system to continue to improve is through the shared leadership of teachers.”
Teacher leadership systems are the centerpiece of Iowa’s historic 2013 education reform package. They stand to be the foundation for implementation of other state reforms, such as high academic standards. With higher expectations for all students today, it is critical to better support the complex work educators must do.
Teacher leadership systems will be phased in over the next three years across Iowa, with the goal of all districts participating by 2016-17, although whether to do so is a local decision. The Commission on Teacher Leadership and Compensation recommended which districts should be in the first group. Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck made the final decision.
“A large group of teachers, administrators and community members played a role in developing this system,” Pella CSD Director of K-12 Instruction Lowell Ernst told The Chronicle. “Their participation was vital in establishing a plan that will place teachers in roles that will improve our schools in a variety of ways ranging from mentoring to coaching. This grant ushers in a new era of collaborative practice that will move professionalism forward in a way that will positively impact student achievement. We look forward to putting our plans into place as quickly as possible.”