Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Benton Community School District is applying TLC Grant

Benton Community School District is applying for the Teacher Leadership and Compensation Grant from the State of Iowa.

For the past few months a group of parents, teachers and administrators have been working diligently to develop the Benton Community Teacher Leadership and Compensation Grant Application.  

The goal is to be receive the grant for the 2014-15 school year.  Our TLC vision is to:   create a teacher leadership system designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning resulting in a world-class education for a lifetime of learning.  The Benton Community teacher leadership system will utilize servant leadership principles by supporting capacity building opportunities for teachers to foster and promote best practices in the classroom while increasing student achievement.

On December 11, 2013 we will have a joint meeting with our TLC planning committee and the Benton Communications Team to help build understanding and gain input from other stakeholders on the district application.  Please contact one of the members of the committee if you would like more information:  Gary Zittergruen, Anna Upah, Andrea Townsley, Linda Brecht, Mark Kenny, Mary Masten, Beth Hlas, Jeremy Kulbartz, Doug Embray, Alex Olson, T.J. Murphy, Jo Prusha, Daralee Schnor, Jason West, Jan Andreesen or Trish Little.

Below is more information taken from the Iowa Department of Education Webpage describing the TLC process in the state (

The Teacher Leadership and Compensation 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 have applied for planning grants to support the local development of Teacher Leadership and Compensation Systems. The deadline to submit a plan to enter the system in the 2014-15 school year is January 31, and those selected to participate in the first year of the system will be notified by early March.
The Legislature approved $50 million for the first year of implementation during the 2014-15 school year. In each subsequent year through 2016-17, another $50 million will be added to the program, enabling all districts to eventually participate in the program if they choose.

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