The District welcomed Department of Education Director Ryan Wise and representatives from the Council of Chief State School Officers today for an overview of the District’s Teacher Leadership System and innovative programming. During the morning visit, the guests observed a Leadership Team Meeting at Taft Middle School and a co-planning session at the Johnson STEAM Academy. They also had the opportunity to visit with student teams at Iowa BIG.
Iowa’s distributed, collaborative model for teacher leadership has become a model for other states. “In Iowa, we’re blazing a new and bold path in education, and the Cedar Rapids Community School District’s focus on developing great teachers and preparing all students for success beyond high school is aligned with our statewide initiatives,” said Ryan Wise, Director of the Iowa Department of Education.
“We have taken a leadership role in Iowa in both teacher leadership and innovation,” added Dr. Buck. “The visit provided an opportunity to showcase our work to Iowa leaders as well as leaders at the national level. We appreciated the opportunity to present specific examples in which teacher leadership and business partnerships are supporting even better outcomes for our students.”
The Council of Chief State School Officers is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the Bureau of Indian Education and the five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. The group supports states as they implement new standards, reinvent systems that develop effective teachers and explore and adopt new technologies.