The Iowa Department of Education has awarded $2.78 million dollars to The Council Bluffs Community School District. It's among the first group of districts picked from a competitive application process.
The money will be used to implement a new teacher leadership program, designed to have teachers take on leadership roles to improve instruction and raise student achievement.
In Council Bluffs, that will come in two forms:
-Increased salaries for teachers taking on new responsibilities and working more hours.
-Roughly 30 new hires.
Districts were selected for the first round based on the strength of their application.
A team of 20 worked on the Council Bluffs district application.
The Department of Education also based their decision on geographic and size diversity.
“We wanted to make sure that the first round of districts represented the diversity of Iowa’s school system,” said Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck. “The Commission accomplished this goal by setting a high quality bar while also ensuring that this is truly a statewide initiative."
To qualify, Council Bluffs had to address certain “must-haves.” Those include a minimum teacher salary of $33,500, improved entry into the profession - including mentoring for new teachers - and a rigorous selection process for leadership roles.