Area Schools Selected To Participate In Teacher Leadership Program
Thu 12-10-2015 
(Des Moines)-- The Iowa Department of Education today (Thurs.) announced the next group of school districts chosen to launch teacher leadership plans through Iowa's Teacher Leadership and Compensation System. 97 school districts have been added to the state system, bringing the total number of districts in the program to 295, or 88 percent of the state's school districts.
In northwest Iowa, Albert City-Truesdale, Algona, Boyden-Hull, Cherokee, Estherville-Lincoln Central, Graettinger-Terril, Harris-Lake Park, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Laurens-Marathon, Newell-Fonda, Pocahontas Area, Ruthven-Ayrshire, Sibley-Ocheyedan, Sioux Center, South O'Brien, Spirit Lake, Storm Lake and West Bend-Mallard are among the districts being added to the system.
Iowa's Teacher Leadership System taps into the expertise of top teachers to improve classroom instruction and raise student achievement. It is the centerpiece of Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds' education reform package that was passed by the legislature in 2013.
As of this fall, all 336 Iowa school districts had applied to join the teacher leadership system. The 97 newly accepted districts will implement their teacher leadership plans in the 2016-17 school year. The remaining 40 districts will have an opportunity to refine and re-submit their plans for approval in the next two months.
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise says he's hopeful all of the state's school districts will join the teacher leadership program by the 2016-17 school year.