Iowa Education Symposium

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The Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium will launch a statewide conversation about why stronger shared school leadership matters, and what is the right approach to adopt in Iowa.

Figuring this out is important because higher academic expectations for students today mean higher expectations for educators. Greater collaboration by principals and teachers is essential to help all students learn the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the 21st century. Left to work largely in isolation in their classrooms, the talent of Iowa’s many outstanding teachers is not being fully utilized.

It also is important to explore defining new career paths – and raising compensation - for teachers who want to assume additional responsibilities while continuing to work inside the classroom.

The symposium will take place on Friday, August 3, at Drake University in Des Moines. Speakers include Marc Tucker of the National Center on Education and the Economy, Vivien Stewart of the Asia Society, and Brad Jupp, senior adviser at the U.S. Department of Education. Panel presentations will be made by teacher leadership systems in Iowa and from around the nation.

The symposium is open to the public, with registration required. It is being hosted by Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. It is being paid for by generous support from the private sector and the $30 registration fee.