Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium website launched, registration open to public
Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today launched EducationLeadership.Iowa.gov, a website for the second Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium, which will be held on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at the FFA Enrichment Center at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. Featured speakers include Vivien Stewart from the Asia Society, Ee-Ling Low from the National Institute of Education in Singapore, and Barnett Berry from the Center for Teaching Quality. Also featured are Iowa’s first 39 school districts to launch teacher leadership systems in 2014-15 as part of Iowa’s landmark 2013 education reform package, two Iowa school districts – Central Decatur and Saydel – that started teacher leadership systems in 2013-14 with the help of a federal grant, and a student panel on the difference great teaching makes.
The event is open to the public, with the goal of attracting a broad cross section of Iowans, including educators, parents, school board members, business leaders and legislators. The website includes the agenda, speaker biographies, sponsors and information on how to register.
The purpose of the symposium is to continue the public conversation about the critical role teacher and principal leadership will play as Iowans work to give students a world-class education.
“Iowa has many exceptional teachers, and the 2013 transformational education reform elevates the profession to a higher level by recognizing how teacher leadership can improve instruction to raise student achievement,” said Branstad. “We look forward to learning from those who have started to experience the teacher leadership and compensation system as well as experts from outside Iowa who are steeped in this work.”
“We want to ensure the Teacher Leadership and Compensation System is as successful as possible, and the symposium is one way to continue the dialogue and make certain our children are prepared to be competitive in a global, knowledge-based economy,” added Reynolds.
Register for the symposium. Registration for the day is $30, with room for about 465 attendees.