In The Cedar Rapids Community School District
The Teacher Leadership and Compensation System and the Teacher Leadership Supplement (TLS) are outcomes of the 2013 legislative session (Division VII of House File 215). The Iowa Department of Education provided funding and guidance to school districts across the state to develop a vision and goals for a teacher leadership system that meets the needs of the local school community. Districts could submit a grant application for funds for the 2014-2015, 2015-2016, or 2016-2017 school year.
The Cedar Rapids Community School District is proud to be one of 39 school districts across the state to be granted funds for the 2014-2015 school year. Forty-six more districts were approved for the 2015-2016 school year and the remaining districts in the state will be approved for the 2016-2017 school year.
The theory of belief behind the Teacher Leadership System is:
If we effectively compensate teachers; recruit and promote excellent teachers and provide support as they collaborate reflectively to refine their practice; create the political will and understanding necessary to remake the status of the teaching profession; give highly effective teachers opportunities to grow, refine, and share their expertise; and develop a clear system with quality implementation, then … student learning will increase, student outcomes will improve, and students will be prepared to succeed in a globally competitive environment.
The CRCSD created a tiered teacher leadership system of support with a vision for providing all teachers with multiple opportunities to hone their exceptional instructional skills while learning and practicing strategies to bring out the best in their colleagues. During our inaugural year, 438 teacher leaders carried out forty-four different teacher leader positions. For the 2015-2016 school year, 416 teacher leaders are carrying out forty-one teacher leader positions, some of them duplicated, for a total of 520 teacher leadership positions. The district receives a funding source of approximately $310 per student for a total of approximately $5 million from the state that provides additional salary and benefits to our teacher leaders.
Please take time to browse our TL Website to learn more about our Teacher Leadership System, who our teacher leaders are, and what others are saying about the system.