Teacher Leadership and Compensation System
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The Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) System rewards effective teachers with leadership opportunities and higher pay, attracts promising new teachers with competitive starting salaries and more support, and fosters greater collaboration for all teachers to learn from each other.
The overriding philosophy of the system is multi-pronged, but boils down to this: Improving student learning requires improving the instruction they receive each day. There is no better way to do this than to empower our best teachers to lead the effort.
Through the system, teacher leaders take on extra responsibilities, including helping colleagues analyze data and fine tune instructional strategies as well as coaching and co-teaching.
Bipartisan legislation created a four-year process to fully develop the statewide Teacher Leadership and Compensation System, with the goal of all school districts voluntarily participating by the 2016-17 school year. The Iowa General Assembly approved $50 million for the first year of implementation. In each subsequent year through 2016-17, another $50 million will be added to the system for a total of $150 million per year.
The goals of the Teacher Leadership and Compensation System are:
- Attract able and promising new teachers by offering competitive starting salaries and offering short-term and long-term professional development and leadership opportunities.
- Retain effective teachers by providing enhanced career opportunities.
- Promote collaboration by developing and supporting opportunities for teachers in schools and school districts statewide to learn from each other.
- Reward professional growth and effective teaching by providing pathways for career opportunities that come with increased leadership responsibilities and involve increased compensation.
- Improve student achievement by strengthening instruction.
All Iowa school districts applied for planning grants to support the local development of Teacher Leadership and Compensation plans. As of March 2016 all 333 Iowa school districts have been approved to implement a local teacher leadership system. The applications were reviewed and scored by the twenty members of the Commission on Educator Leadership and Compensation, which was created to oversee the implementation of the Teacher Leadership and Compensation System.
This Department of Education wishes to acknowledge the essential role played by Iowa’s Area Education Associations, statewide professional organizations, and local school districts. Their partnership, collaboration and hard work has been instrumental in helping reach this milestone. Additionally, the Department would like to acknowledge the hundreds of hours Commission members spent reviewing and scoring applications to ensure each district starts with a strong plan.
TLC Documents and Resources
TLC System Application FAQs (2015-07-21)
TLC System Implementation FAQs (2015-07-21)
TLC System – Framework for Learning Supports (2014-08-01)
TLC System – Launching Teacher Leadership (2014-04-18)
Supporting Teacher Leadership Programs (Iowa AEAs) (2014-04-04)
TLC Plan Changes
Starting July 1, 2016 TLC Plan Change approvals will come directly from Becky Slater.
How does a district submit a request to change its TLC plan?
School districts wishing to amend their TLC Plan should submit changes using the TLC Plan Change Request Form. A separate form should be filled out and submitted for each change being requested. Districts are asked to describe the change, the rationale for the change, and the level of support for the change. Support documents that don't fit within the form (e.g., budget spreadsheets) should be emailed to Becky Slater at email@example.com. All changes will be approved by Director Wise.
When do districts need to submit a change request?
If the paper TLC plan and enacted TLC plan no longer align a change request needs to be submitted to account for that difference. In other words, if someone were walking through your district with your TLC plan in their hands would what is on the paper align to what they see? If not, a change request needs to be submitted. Additionally, any changes made to Part 8 of the grant including measures used to monitor the impact/effectiveness of the TLC plan this will need to be submitted.
What changes have districts made?
TLC Plan Revisions (2016-06-02) - This document lists change requests and outcomes that have been made by districts. The document will be updated periodically throughout the year.
The central focus of the Department’s evaluation plan is on ensuring the TLC system achieves the goals of attracting and retaining effective teachers, promoting collaboration, rewarding professional growth and effective teaching, and improving student achievement by strengthening instruction. Our approach to evaluation includes four components: BEDS analysis, plan change tracker, end of year report, and external support.
- TLC Evaluation Key Components
- TLC Plan Revisions
- TLC Approved Applications and End of Year Reports
Statewide - 2014-2015 TLC System End-Of-Year Report Summary
TLC End of Year Report Webinar - This webinar provides background information on the TLC End of Year report, shows what the form looks like, explains how to fill it out, reviews some exemplar responses, and has a question and answer time.
- External Evaluation Support
The TLC Online Community (Agora) brings teacher leaders and administrators from across the state together to collaborate about school improvement and the teacher leadership compensation system. Navigate the community as a guest or enroll in the community to sign up for notifications and participate in activities.
|Keystone AEA 1||Donna Heyingfirstname.lastname@example.org||563-245-1480|
|AEA 267||Amy Moineemail@example.com||319-268-7658|
|Prairie Lakes AEA 8||Jaymie Randelfirstname.lastname@example.org||515-325-6085|
|Mississippi Bend AEA 9||Nicole Petersonemail@example.com||563-344-6487|
|Grant Wood AEA 10||Kris Donnellyfirstname.lastname@example.org||319-399-6783|
|Grant Wood AEA 10||Kim Owenemail@example.com||319-399-6803|
|Heartland AEA 11||Kevin Fangmanfirstname.lastname@example.org||515-270-9030|
|Heartland AEA 11||Wendy Robinsonemail@example.com||515-270-9030|
|Northwest AEA||Jon Wibbelsfirstname.lastname@example.org||712-222-6000|
|Green Hills AEA||Deb Johnsenemail@example.com||712-366-0503|
|Green Hills AEA||Jan Norgaardfirstname.lastname@example.org||712-366-0503|
|Great Prairie AEA||Katie Gavinemail@example.com||319-753-6561|
|Great Prairie AEA||Anne Morganfirstname.lastname@example.org||641-682-8591|
TLC Selection Process and Results
- Commission on Educator Leadership and Compensation Members
- Three Letters to Superintendents on TLC Process
- TLC Application Scores by School District - All Years
- TLC Accepted Districts by Year
- TLC Approved Districts Scores by Part - All Years
- TLC Approved Applications and End of Year Reports
TLC Application Instructions - IowaGrants.gov (2015-05-27)
Map of TLC Accepted School Districts by Year (2015-05-12)
TLC Plan Application (2014-06-19)
TLC Plan Application Scoring Rubric (2014-06-19)
Cohort 3 Application Process Updates (2015-05-27)
2015-2016 TLC Budget Estimate (2014-08-21)