Wayne Haskovec is a 2013 Behring winner from Iowa. He has been selected and featured on the National History Day website for the month of March. You can read the profile below or click this link: NHD-Haskovec Why are you [...]
Congratulations to the Hudson Pirates girls basketball team! With their win 84-75 win over Woodbury Central, they advance to the 2A semi-final game on Thursday, March 6 at 11:45 am at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Tickets are $8 [...]
The 5th/6th grade Art It Forward club participated in “An Artistic Afternoon,” an art show presented by St. Tim’s Church in Hudson on March 3. The students spent a few club hours preparing art work which they happily gave away [...]
Luke Huber became the 11th state champion in Hudson wrestling history. His 153 wins, puts him in second place all-time. Luke finished the season with a 46-1 mark, also putting him one win behind his brother Ben as the all-time [...]
Congratulations to the Hudson Pirates Girls Basketball team for their Regional Final win against North Butler on Monday. They advance to the State basketball tournament on Monday, March 3 at 6:45 pm in Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Tickets [...]
Media technology has been the focus of the second semester computer applications two class. The class has spent many hours accumulated video, writing scripts, and editing clips down to useable time frames. To create the broadcast students have learned: In [...]
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Educational Issues in Iowa Public Schools.
Teacher leadership systems are the centerpiece of Iowa's historic 2013 education reform package. They stand to be the foundation for implementation of other state reforms, such as high academic standards. With higher expectations for all students today, it is critical to better support the complex work educators do.
These systems will be phase in over the next three years across Iowa, with the goal of all districts participating by 2016-2017, although whether to do so is a local decision. The Commission on Teacher Leadership and Compensation recommended which districts should be in the first group. Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck made the final decision.
The model employed by the Hudson Community School District will include a blend of instructional coaches, model teachers, and mentor teachers. A key ingredient to our planning process was ensuring a strong connection to current district initiatives. Instructional coaches will focus on the content areas of math, literacy, and technology integration. These instructional coaches will collaborate with all teachers to develop professional development and research based instructional strategies designed to meet the needs of multiple learners in the classroom. As a full time instructional coach, these teacher leaders will partner with model teachers to test and pilot new instructional strategies and embed professional development into practice. Those strategies that hold the most promise will be taken to scale district wide with the assistance of model teachers, who continue to serve full time as classroom teachers. Finally, mentor teachers describe teacher leaders whose primary focus is to work with and help those new to the profession. All teacher leaders will receive stipends in exchange for taking on extra responsibilities.
Districts were required to set a vision and goals for the teacher leadership. You can read our vision right here. Specific requirements of all plans included setting a minimum salary of $33,500 for full-time teachers, providing intensive mentoring for new teachers, and adopting a rigorous selection process of applicants for teacher leadership roles.
Hudson will receive about $309 per pupil in extra funding next school year to implement our teacher leadership system. The annual cost statewide is nearly $50 million in FY15, growing to about $150 million annually in the third year. After the initial year of district implementation, the funding of teacher leadership rolls into the Iowa school finance formula.
The next step for us is to begin selecting teacher leaders. Governor Brandstad's FY15 budget recommendations include $4 million for the Iowa Department of Education, working with the Area Education Agencies to provide technical assistance and leadership development for all districts in the first group implementing teacher leadership systems in 2014-2015.
Student teaching in Iowa is currently about a fourteen week assignment. By the time student teachers have had the chance to observe teaching in action, learn the students names, and begin to experience the routines of the school, they are left with about two to three week of actual full time classroom teaching.That experience does not include such things as preparing for the start of the school year, parent teacher conferences, or understanding the ebbs and flows of a school year. While our current student teaching model is very good, and we produce outstanding teachers here in Iowa, data suggests that we still need to improve induction and retention of those new to the profession.
You may have read an article in the Courier a few weeks back that announced UNI had been the recipient of a $500,000 grant to complete what essentially amounts to a research project to find out if year long student teaching will better prepare preservice teachers. When developing their proposal, the University wanted to ensure that schools who accept student teachers were representative of students and schools in Iowa. So they asked Waterloo Schools to participate representing an urban setting, Linn Mar Schools as a suburban setting, and Hudson Schools to participate as a rural setting. We have always enjoyed a close working relationship with the University of Northern Iowa and were thrilled to be invited to participate in this exciting new pilot project. Our involvement in this pilot will better enable us to discover ways in which to prepare young people to become teachers while providing valuable data to the Governor, lawmakers, Department of Education, and Iowans in general.
We are still in the planning stages of this partnership, but I did want to take a few minutes to share some information about how we envision the year long teaching partnership to unfold. When we say 'year long student teaching' I would imagine that statement to generate a number of questions and concerns from parents! The first important item to note is that if your child is in a classroom with a student teacher participating in the year long pilot, you shouldn't worry. Your child will continue to be under the guidance of a fully certified classroom 'teacher of record'. The instructional model that we are developing will likely be based on a model of collaborative co-teaching. In other words, there will be more than one teacher in the classroom. Sometimes it may be the regular classroom teacher modeling a lesson that the student teacher observes, while another time it may be the student teacher presenting a lesson and the regular classroom teacher monitoring student progress and critiquing the student teacher's delivery of the instruction.
Year long student teaching means that while the student teacher will be immersed in a classroom and school district setting for the entire school year, it does not mean that they will be solely responsible for the instruction of a classroom of students. That still requires a fully licensed and certified teacher in the State of Iowa. We envision an immersion that includes a blend of field experience, laboratory experience, and classroom learning for the student teacher (such as a methodology or human relations class). Plans are still under development, but we are closely working the the University of Northern Iowa on the logistics of this pilot. If you have any questions about our project, please feel free to give us a call.