Branstad Pushes For Teacher Leadership Programs

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Gov. Terry Branstad is pushing for ways to place teachers in leadership roles that would also lead to higher pay for those to take on more responsibility such as master teachers or mentors.

He says principals alone can't provide all the leadership needed inside schools to improve learning and raise achievement for students.

Branstad says the Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium on Aug. 3 at Drake University in Des Moines will feature
speakers sharing ideas for increased teacher leadership. Presentations are planned from Des Moines and Cedar Rapids schools.

Branstad says better leadership by educators is critical to ensuring students finish high school with the skills needed for college or other career training.

He says teacher leadership will be at the heart of his administration's 2013 legislative package.

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