August 4, 2014—The second Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium was hosted by Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds in Des Moines today. Barnett Berry spoke to the crowd of Iowa teacher leaders, administrators, and policy makers, addressing how schools must transform in order for teachers to lead. Other event speakers included Vivien Stewart, Senior Advisor for Education at Asia Society, Ee-Ling Low, Head of Strategic Planning and Academic Quality at the National Institute of Education in Singapore, and Ryan Wise, Deputy Director at the Iowa Department of Education.
Iowa’s new Teacher Leadership and Compensation System will help educators work together by encouraging many of Iowa’s best teachers to take on new leadership roles such as master and mentor teachers and instructional coaches. The new system aims to improve instruction to raise student achievement as well as do more to professionalize teaching. Thirty-nine Iowa school districts will adopt teacher leadership plans in 2014-15. Two Iowa districts won a federal grant to adopt teacher leadership systems in 2013-14 (Central Decatur and Saydel).
Search #IAEDleaders to see what symposium attendees were sharing about the conversation on Twitter. You can also read Barnett's reflections from the event in two blog posts: "Soothsaying in Iowa, a state investing in students by elevating teachers" and "How Iowa can cheat the graveyard of failed reforms."