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Launching Teacher Leadership: Operationalizing the TLC Plan

Cohort 3 TLC School Districts
Iowa Events Center
April 12, 2016 - 9 am to 3 pm
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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 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 346 Iowa school districts applied for planning grants to support the local development of Teacher Leadership and Compensation plans. The deadline to submit an application to enter the system in the 2014-15 school year was January 31. The Department received 139 applications representing 146 school districts. 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.

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, enabling all districts to participate in the program if they choose. On March 3rd, the Department announced the selection of 39 school districts from around the state to participate in the first year of the system. The Department will support both school districts selected to participate in the first cohort as well as those planning for the second round of TLC applications.

TLC Administrator Support Program

The Iowa Department of Education announces year two of the TLC Administrator Support Program, the statewide plan to support building principals who lead the implementation of local TLC plans.

Audience: The Iowa Department of Education, in partnership with the New York City Leadership Academy, is offering this program to all principals who will have a TLC plan in place for the 2016-2017 school year. Principals who participated in the TLC Administrator Support Program 2015-16 are not eligible to participate in this session.

Overall Purpose: This program is designed to equip and support principals to form a cohesive building leadership team that is aligned to a singular mission as embraced by the district, and is able to develop and lead a collaborative process to strengthen instructional practice that leverages teacher leaders for school-wide improvement of student learning.

TLC Administrator Support Program Description: The TLC Administrator Support Program is a comprehensive, year-long professional development program focusing on building the capacity of the principal to develop and facilitate distributed leadership in their school, namely by supporting and leveraging teacher leaders as part of the leadership team. The program will include a three day summer intensive for principals and members of the district leadership, on-going workshops during the school year for the principal and the building leadership team, and one-on-one school-based coaching provided on a monthly basis.

Participation: The 2016-17 school year will be the second year for this program. The program is designed to build capacity across the state for continued support for administrators. There are a limited number of openings in the program for 2016-17.  In order to support the greatest number of schools, we have developed two delivery systems. One system will be state supported with leader-coaches providing delivery within each AEA region. The other opportunity will be for districts to build their capacity by identifying their own leader-coaches trained by the New York City Leadership Academy to support their building administrators.  

Selection Process for State Model: There are 130 openings for building principals. Each AEA will have approximately 14 slots.  If more than 14 principals apply, there will be a lottery drawing for the slots. If multiple principals apply from a district, and the district is chosen, each principal from that district will be able to participate, as long as the number of participants does not exceed 14 per AEA. If an AEA does not use all of their slots, the slots will be available for another AEA.

District Model Process: We will be able to support 10 districts who choose to provide their own coach.  

TLC Support Program Brochure

State-Model Application - TLC Administrator Support Program

District-Model Application - TLC Administrator Support Program

Three informational webinars will be offered to learn more about this opportunity. The content of the webinars will be the same, just repeated. A webinar recording will be posted on this webpage by February 1, 2016. Register to participate by clicking on the following links:

Questions? Contact Lora Rasey at 515-281-6719 or

Seeking Leadership Coaches

The TLC Administrator Support Program is seeking additional Leadership Coaches. For a complete job description, see Iowa TLC Principal Leadership Coach Consultant Job Description.

TLC Documents and Resources

TLC End of Year Reports

Guidance on the Iowa Teacher Leadership and Compensation System

Teacher Leadership System Design 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

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 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 (2015-11-23) - This document lists change requests and outcomes that have been made by districts. The document will be updated periodically throughout the year.

TLC Online Community (Agora)

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.

AEA Contacts

AEA Contact Email Phone
Keystone AEA 1 Pat Heiderscheit 563-245-1480
AEA 267 Kathy Enslin 319-273-8200
Prairie Lakes AEA 8 Jaymie Randel 515-325-6085
Mississippi Bend AEA 9 Nicole Peterson 563-344-6487
Grant Wood AEA 10 Jim Pedersen 319-399-6700
Heartland AEA 11 Kevin Fangman 515-270-9030
Northwest AEA Jon Wibbels 712-222-6000
Green Hills AEA Jan Norgaard 712-366-0503x5201
Great Prairie AEA Anne Morgan 641-682-8591

Application Process

TLC Application Instructions - (2015-05-27)

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)

TLC Year 3 Selection Process and Results

TLC Year 2 Selection Process and Results

TLC Year 1 Selection Process and Results

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on February 11, 2016 at 4:53am.