A MONTHLY JOURNALSchool Leader UpdateFOR IOWA EDUCATORSMarch 2014A better way tostudent teachIn This IssueTwo Iowa colleges have been chosen to collaboratewith the Iowa Department ofEducation on a pilot projectDiscipline 2 ELL 4 Combat to explore whetherthere are better ways todeliver the educational ex-School districts show they want some ‘TLC’perience to student teach-One of the key initiatives designed to jump-start the quality of Iowa’ system is launching, and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s theThe University of NorthernIowa in Cedar Falls andDordt College in Sioux Center will share in a 1 millionallocation from the IowaLegislature to pilot an expansion of the studentteaching program to a yearlong experience. Studentteachers in Iowa currentlytrain for 14 consecutiveweeks.Teacher Leadership and Compensation System, or TLC, in whichschool districts representing approximately one-third of Iowa’s students will start reaping benefits in the next school year.As you know, TLC is the initiative in which top teachers are identifiedas leaders in their schools, who then work with co-workers to ensurebest practices are being delivered in each classroom every single day. The Legislature is funding the initiative through an appropriation of 50 million starting next year, with an additional 50 million each year through 2017, in which all districts wanting to participate in TLC may doso.In this first round, 146 districts – that’s 42 percent of all school districts in the state – applied forfunding. The applications were strong and the interest phenomenal, but the applications ex-“Iowa produces very goodceeded the available funding by nearly double the amount. As such, more than half the applica-teachers,” said Iowa Depart-tions had to be declined.ment of Education’s LarryBice, an administrative con-The applications required the districts to identify the essential elements of the leadership sys-sultant for educator prepara-tem each intended to locally implement.tion. “This pilot is an examination of ways that couldThe applications were read by the members of the Teacher Leadership Commission. The dis-make them even better.”tricts were ultimately identified by the quality of the locally defined system, geography, and dis-Read more about the program by clicking here.trict size. Based on these concepts, the districts were presented to the Iowa Department ofEducation for final review.School Leader Update March 2014Continued on page

When disciplinary action requires reporting to the stateSince 2012, state law requires reporting to the Board of Educational Examiners any instance of disciplinary action for conductin any of these three areas:(1) soliciting, encouraging, or consummating a romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship with a student;(2) falsifying student grades, test scores, or other official information or material; and(3) converting public property to the personal use of the school employee.Disciplinary actions that trigger the reporting requirement include written reprimands, written warnings, job separation agreements, resignations, non-renewals, or terminations resulting from conduct in the three listed areas. School officials must alsoreport nonrenewal, termination, or resignation based on conduct that, if proven, would be a disqualifying criminal offense(certain forcible felonies and sexual offenses involving children). When in doubt about whether an event needs to be reported,call the Board of Education Examiner’s attorney, Darcy Lane, at 515-242-6506.Continued from page 1The identified districts will immediately set about choosing their local teacher leaders. Using locally developed processes,these leaders will be chosen for the strengths they possess in teaching as well as in leading professional learning experiencesfor other adults.As this application and identification process has been unfolding, the Department has been working with a group of representative stakeholders on designing training for these newly identified leaders. While each of them are likely great teachers andleaders in their own right, it will be important that they receive training to continue to advance the skills that they possess. As aDepartment, we are working on legislation that will support funding for the training for both the teacher leaders and the buildingadministrators.So, why is the identification of these leaders such an important next step for improvement in Iowa schools? We have a numberof initiatives under way in the state. Those include topics such as the Iowa Core, a multi-tiered system of supports or MTSS,improved assessment frameworks, and more.The intent of the TLC is to accelerate the implementation of these statewide initiatives. It is also the intent of the system to assist the districts in locally determining what implementation of the state initiatives look like in each district.For example, we have an agreed-upon set of content standards in the state called the Iowa Core. Its implementation at thedistrict level comes to life through local curriculum, materials, and resources. The school leaders’ jobs, in part, will be to ensurethe standards are applied to the local curriculum.It will be fascinating watching the first set of districts put in place their versions of TLC. As for the other districts, I ask that youapply again for round two next year. I also challenge you to start envisioning how TLC will look in your own districts.I appreciate the hard work you do for our students in Iowa. They deserve to graduate from high school with all doors open totheir future.School Leader Update March 2014www.educateiowa.gov2

Competency-based conference set for June 23-24Register now for an unprecedented joint conference between the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa ASCD. The conference intends to expand the skills and knowledge base of educators and others interested in competency-based education andto build the capacity of educators and others to transform the current system of education in Iowa to a system focused on personalized learning for each and every student .Single sessions and/or two-day tracts are designed specifically for district, Area Education Agencies, and institutes of highereducation around the following themes: Define: Understanding the basics Design: Writing competencies and scoring guides and other how-to tracks Deliver: Personalizing what we do for studentsFeatured Speakers: Rose Colby, author of Off the Clock and national consultant on competency-based education; TomVander Ark, author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World and CEO of Getting Smart; Jim Rickabaugh,director of the Institute @ CESA #1 and personalized learning expert; Kim Carter, QED Foundation, national competency andstudent-centered approaches expert., and members of the Iowa CBE Collaborative.The conference will be held June 23 and 24 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The cost for ASCD members is 250,and 295 for non-members. To register, go to is i-Evaluate?The Iowa Department of Education and AEA Professional Development Online system have been hosting an online evaluator approvalcourse titled i-Evaluate. It is an online training for professionals seeking an initial, or renewal of, an Iowa Evaluator Approval License. Educational leaders participating in the course must hold ateaching or administrative license and be responsible for evaluatingcertified staff. By participating in the course, leaders will: develop knowledge around Iowa’s educator quality legislation; determine an educator’s effectiveness in increasing student achievement; build an understanding of the Iowa Teaching Standards, the Iowa Standards for School Leaders and other professionaleducation standards; practice observational techniques; develop coaching techniques to guide educators; practice conferencing techniques and procedures; and implement effective evaluation practices.i-Evaluate includes key articles and reports related to evaluation practices that are critical to improving instruction and studentlearning and incorporates best practices in adult learning. Participants engage in collaborative practices through forum discussions and partner with a cooperating administrator and career teacher to complete various evaluator tasks.Click on this link for more information: /ievaluateSchool Leader Update March 2014www.educateiowa.gov3

ELL Professional Learning EventsNote that districts in Corrective Action Status for not meeting Annual MeasureableAchievement Objectives (AMAOs) for English Language Learners are required tosend a team to the two statewide ELL Professional Learning Events.Districts should coordinate with their AEA Title III consultant to arrange for financialsupport if needed and for technical assistance in selecting appropriate team members for attendance at both events. Please note that the Iowa Department of Education is required to provide technical assistance to districts in AMAO CorrectiveIn search of the rightsolutions for your schoolAction status.Districts serving ELLs who are not in corrective action status are also encouragedWhat can a school do when it wants tojump-start its education delivery? Visit aschool that is performing at top levels.That is what Eagle Grove Elementaryeducators did when they visited Northeast Elementary School in Ankeny. Ofparticular interest to the Eagle Groveeducators were the co-teaching modelsdesigned to enhance the education of allstudents. To read more about this, go tothe March issue of Each and EveryChild.School Leader Update March 2014to send team members to one or both professional learning opportunities to gainaccess to research-based, high-yield practices, networking opportunities, and TitleIII Department of Education updates from the Title III director.The scheduled dates are:June 24-25: Our Kids Summer InstituteNov. 11-12: Iowa Culture and Language ConferenceWatch the Iowa Department of Education’s website for additional details as theevents get closer. For more information, contact the Department’s Jobi Lawrenceat [email protected] or 515-281-3805.www.educateiowa.gov4

Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) awardsThe Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) Iowa Leadership Team is honoring the work of 32 schools meeting criteria for one of six levels of recognition. The award process requires schools to submit an online application and provide evidence they met criteria for one level of recognition. Applications are reviewed by AEA PBIS coordinators and awards are endorsed by the PBIS-Iowa Leadership Team.The following schools are awarded the PBIS Emerging SchoolThe following schools are awarded the PBIS Honor SchoolAward. These schools completed training during the 2012-13Award. These schools have rolled out their PBIS universalschool year and developed all of their products to begin imple-systems to staff, students and families and have begun imple-mentation.mentation.Black Hawk Elementary, BurlingtonGrimes Elementary, BurlingtonJefferson Elementary, Mason CityKeokuk High, KeokukLincoln Elementary, Charles CityMaquoketa Middle, MaquoketaFeelhaver Elementary, Fort DodgeGrant Wood Elementary, BettendorfHampton-Dumont Middle, HamptonLibertyville Elementary, FairfieldNorth Hill Elementary, BurlingtonPrairie Valley Jr./Sr. High, Prairie ValleyNewell -Fonda Elementary, NewellUnion Middle, DysartPerry Elementary, PerryWashington Elementary, FairfieldPrairie Trail Elementary, AnkenyWilson Elementary, DavenportRiverside Early Learning Center, Fort DodgeSE Webster Grand Elementary, BoxholmWashington Elementary, Charles CityThe following schools are awarded the PBIS Honor PlusSchool Award. These schools are implementing their universalsystems with fidelity and are beginning to develop their Targeted Tier.The following school is awarded the PBIS Banner SchoolAward. Banner Schools are maintaining their universal systems and have 50 percent of the critical elements for the Targeted Tier in place. They show evidence that at least 50 percent of students receiving targeted supports are respondingpositively to the intervention.Eleanor Roosevelt Middle, DubuqueCentral Lee Elementary, DonnellsonThe following school is awarded the PBIS Banner PlusFarley Elementary, FarleySchool Award. Banner Plus schools have 80 percent of theLambert Elementary, Manchestercritical elements for the Targeted Tier in place and have 70Sigourney Elementary, Sigourneypercent or more of students responding to targeted interventions. They are progressing toward full implementationSouth Tama Middle, Toledothrough continued development of their multi-tiered action planWest Delaware Middle, Manchesterand are preparing to implement intensive interventions.Xavier Elementary, DyersvilleBunger Middle School, WaterlooThe following schools are awarded the PBIS Paramount School Award. Paramount schools are maintaining Universal and Targetedsystems and have intensive interventions in place with 50 percent or more of students receiving this level of support responding positively. These schools are considered to be fully implementing a multi-tiered system of support for all students.East SAC Elementary, Sac City/Wall LakeStratford Elementary, StratfordSchool Leader Update March 2014www.educateiowa.gov5

Does your district have the next Teacher of the Year?Thousands of talented Iowa educators lead and inspire their students, but only one is chosen annually as the state’s ambassador to education. The deadline to nominate the 2015 Iowa Teacher of the Year is April 25.The award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional Iowateacher who is helping redefine education. Nominations will beaccepted from anyone, including students, parents, schooladministrators, colleagues, college faculty members, and associations.Click here to access the nomination form.Nominees will be notified, and asked to complete an application form that is due in July. In October, the winner will be selected.Jane Schmidt, 2014 Teacher of the YearThe Iowa Teacher of the Year award was established in 1958. The annual program is sponsored by the Iowa Department ofEducation through an appropriation from the Iowa Legislature. Winners are chosen by a committee that includes representatives of the Department, the Iowa State Education Association, the School Administrators of Iowa, the Parent Teachers Association, the Area Education Agencies, the Iowa Association of School Boards, the Iowa Association of Colleges for TeacherEducation, and the current Iowa Teacher of the Year.The Teacher of the Year serves as an ambassador for education and is a liaison to primary and secondary schools, highereducation, and organizations across the state. Jane Schmidt of Maquoketa Community School District was named the 2014Teacher of the Year.Governor Terry Branstad with 2014 Teacher of the Year JaneSchmidt and Department of Education Director Brad Buck.School Leader Update March 2014www.educateiowa.gov6

Early Childhood Preschool ProgramsIdentifying English Language LearnersDistricts serving preschool students who are Potential English Language Learners (PELL) need to identify and report thesestudents prior to kindergarten in their student information systems. PELL status is required for all preschool students reportedin Student Reporting in Iowa. In order to identify students, the Department recommends using Form A located on the TransActweb site or the GOLD online Home Language Survey.There is no need to purchase additional preschool assessments. Districts may use more informal means to identify programming that preschoolers who are PELLs may need. Strategies such as teacher and staff observations and parent input are acceptable. There is no requirement for specific services based upon the PELL reporting process, but districts need to provide aquality research-based curriculum addressing the development of oral language and literacy as well as content skills appropriate for this age group.For additional information, contact the Department’s Jobi Lawrence at 515-281-3805 or [email protected] Leader Update March 2014www.educateiowa.gov7

portationHelp combat student hunger in the summerAn estimated 91 percent of students who receive meal assistance during the school year go hungry during the summermonths. That’s because there are not enough summer food programs statewide to meet the needs of the 195,712 studentswho qualify during the school year for free or reduced-price lunches.To that end, the Iowa Department of Education is seeking sponsors statewide to help run a program that provides healthy mealsand snacks to children in low-income neighborhoods through thesummer.The Summer Food Service Program, administered by the IowaDepartment of Education, helps reduce the risk of hunger during the summer months. Though there are many summer programs in Iowa, their reach is not far enough to meet needs statewide. The summer meals program is funded through the U.S.Department of Agriculture. Funds are available to sponsors to offset the cost, which is based on a per-meal reimbursement.Reimbursement funds can be used for both operational and administrative expenses.Sponsoring a program means acting as the manager for the sites. Sponsors must be able to provide a capable staff, supervision of meal sites and meal services either via meals prepared on site or vended from another organization. Typical sponsorsinclude public or private nonprofit schools; local, municipal, county, tribal or state government; private nonprofits; public or private nonprofit camps; and private or nonprofit universities or colleges. For more information on the program, go to our websiteor contact the Department’s Stephanie Dross at [email protected] available for fresh fruit and vegetablesThe Iowa Department of Education is now accepting applications from elementary schools for theFresh Fruit & Vegetable Program for school year 2014-15.This is a grant opportunity for schools to provide children with free fresh fruits and vegetablesduring the school day. The goal is to create healthier school environments by expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables consumed, and by making a difference in children’s diets to impacttheir present and future health.Elementary schools having 50 percent or more of their enrolled students eligible for free or reduced-price meals are selected for the program based on an annual application. Priority must begiven to schools with the highest free and reduced-price populations.Applications must be submitted to the Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services by 3 p.m. on March28. Check out the website for more information at: s/fresh-fruit-vegetable-program or contact the Department’s Stephanie Dross at [email protected] or 515-281-4760.School Leader Update March 2014www.educateiowa.gov8

Nutrition and Health Services continuedAn alternative meals-reimbursement optionStarting with the 2014-2015 school year, some Iowa schools will have a new reimbursement option for the National SchoolLunch Program: Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Qualification is determined for a single building, a group of buildingsor the entire district once in the spring rather than on a student-by-student basis. Does your school or district meet these qualifications? On April 1, at least 40 percent of enrolled students qualify for free meals by a method other than income application ( certification, migrant, homeless). Breakfast and lunch are served in all buildings that will be under CEP. Because no students are charged for a meal, will you be able to support the meal program on the calculated reimburse-ment alone? It takes a percentage of at least 62.5 percent of students qualified by non-application methods to be at a 100percent free reimbursement rate.More students eat healthy meals as food service becomes more streamlined without processing applications and dealing withaccounts or payments. While direct certification information will still be available individually, individual student data is notavailable for those students previously qualified by household income on a meal eligibility application. If you are interested inCEP, March is the month to look at individual buildings or grouping possibilities. To start, gather the number of students whoqualify for free meals by a non- income application method and the number of students enrolled who have access to at leastone meal to review your percentage. After you have calculated the percentage for each building, you may want to look at thepercentage when you group two or more sites together.The aggregate free and reduced statistics will be impacted because CEP buildings will no longer have a complete set of individual student demographics. Title 1, supplemental service to low socioeconomic status students, and E-Rate are a few of thefederal or state education programs that utilize free and reduced information. The Department of Education is identifying themany programs and services impacted by this provision as well as options to bridge the data gap. Additional information will bedistributed in the spring.If you have questions, contact Ann Feilmann at [email protected] for questions on Food and Nutrition Programming orJeff Berger at [email protected] for any other questions.School Leader Update March 2014www.educateiowa.gov9

Legislative UpdateContact Mike Cormack for all legislative items: [email protected] or 515-281-3399.Cormack at the CapitolCan’t we all just get along?As the powerful, non-voting (think about that phrase) member representing theDepartment of Education at the Iowa High School Athletic Association and IowaGirls High School Athletic Union, it is an honor to participate at their many statetournaments. My goal in awarding trophies or medals is to show absolute respect to the student-athletes who have accomplished great achievements and to not embarrass myself by dropping a trophy, especially in the era of YouTube. Recently, Iwas able to participate at the Boys State Swimming Meet in Marshalltown. The high level of sportsmanship and mutual respect that the swimmers had for one another was refreshing.Contrast that, unfortunately, with our current world of politics. The vast majority of people in the political process, are greatpublic servants. However, at times, the toxic atmosphere at the national level in politics has found its way to Iowa. I think thepolitical discourse in the state is worse today than it was when I served as a House member from 1995-2002. I believe thatwe can hold views in agreement or disagreement but have respect for the individual.Disgusting! Distasteful! Dishonest! Gosh, those aren’t words that are likely to find their way into a Hallmark Card. Yet thosewere some of the enlightened comments hurled my way recently during hearings on the Iowa Core. Orwellian, bureaucratic,liar and belligerent were among the many other warm and fuzzy thoughts directed to me on the topic.There are positives and negatives to any issue. In the past 11 years, as either a legislator or citizen, I have observed moreanger concerning the Iowa Core than on any particular issue. I understand readers may agree or disagree that the core is agood thing for education. I believe , it is appropriate to review and modify all programs to keep them updated and working attheir best. There were hearings on bills that would end the core statewide and also force Iowa to leave the Smarter Balancedconsortium My voice did not raise in anger nor did I namecall others who were advocating those bills.Instead at the hearings, I emphasized our collective care about education and that name-calling was unproductive. I alsostated I would address and correct inaccuracies as they arose. Names that were said to me in person, by email or on talk radio essentially came because I disagreed with certain comments To be fair, there were many good people at those meetingswho are not supportive of the core, but remained friendly.Name-calling tends to occur in politics when facts cannot be provided to make a coherent point. Here is a sampling of some ofthe points I made at those meetings to warrant the “disgusting” label that I earned: Books. It was said by one of the three out-of-state “experts” on the topic that the Department of Education and the coreforces districts to use pornographic material in literature. I pointed out that Director Buck and I both have said from thestart that literature is a local decision and no district should ever claim that the core made them use any particular book. Data breaches. Another “expert” claimed that the Department of Education routinely breaches student data. I asked her ifshe could provide specific examples to justify that comment and she could not. AnotherSchool Leader Update March 2014www.educateiowa.govContinued on page 1110

LegislativeLegislativeUpdate continuedUpdateContinued from page 10member of the crowd told me I shouldn’t claim that because we all know what happened at Target. (I would argue thatthere is a huge difference between someone illegally hacking into a business and our Department willfully sharing data,which we don’t do.) How it came to be. At the end of one meeting, I was confronted as a liar because I stated that the Iowa General Assembly passed this and the State Board of Education followed. Both were done in the public and that this measure wastreated like any other measure before the State Board (public meeting, agenda, public comment, etc). Instead, somemaintained that the Gates Foundation and non-elected bureaucrats forced the core on our schools.Those are three of countless examples of factual mishaps that were shared at the meeting. We don’t force local districts toread any literature , we don’t routinely breach data and the Iowa Core was adopted in a public manner, with no secrecy involved.I share this so you have an idea of the level of anger being expressed to legislators on a daily basis about the core. I don’tthink that they represent the vast majority of Iowans but it is the voice that is being heard by legislators on it. Every major educational group and several business groups came to the hearings and expressed their disagreement with removing the core,as well as the assessments.If you are against the core, rest assured that your voice is being heard by the legislators, loudly and clearly. If you are for thecore, then your views are not being expressed on an individual basis to them with the same intensity or quantity.There is a bill that passed the funnel on the core and it came out of the House Education Committee. It passed with solid support and only one “no” vote. It essentially codifies the executive order by the governor and sets down a process moving forward on the topic, such as the need to hold public hearings across the state on the issue. Many of the requirements of the billwe are already doing and it doesn’t end the core in our state. I think it has a likelihood of moving forward this year but is muchmore moderate in tone than simply getting rid of the core in Iowa.This isn’t the first time I was called names. I remember being called names as a legislator when I worked with thenRepresentative and now Senator Bill Dotzler on a bipartisan bill to shut down a corrupt low-income housing program. We proposed shifting the funds to a program that actually assisted the poor. We were told we were against the poor, but as the truthcame out, it was disclosed that the agency administrating those funds actually had excessive salaries. Documentation showedthat state funds were being used for alcohol and inappropriate hotel television services; that enabled us to finally be able toshut the program down and use the funds for their intended purpose. By day’s end, the truth came out.I believe the truth will come out on this issue. In my role, I will continue to work to be as honest and factual on the core as wellas any other issue. If that causes some discomfort, so be it. There are no bad people on this issue, just bad behavior at times.I just hope the next generation that comes along can find a way to have the spirit of sportsmanship I witnessed at the swimmeet be present in the discussions on important policy debates. The adults could learn something about competing hard, respecting your opponent and living with the results. Call that “distasteful” but in a democracy, you have a right to your viewsand the ability to speak it. You just shouldn’t expect everyone else to agree with you all of the time.School Leader Update March 2014www.educateiowa.gov11

Legal LessonsContact Nicole Proesch for all Legal Lessons items: [email protected] or 515-281-8661Snow, snow, snow and more snow (days)C-c-cold? Think FrozenLet us hope that the winter weather will be exiting soon and we will all be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of spring in earlyMarch this year. There were certainly a few days in February that provided us with a glimpse of spring but they did not stickaround for very long. We were thankful that the winter weather hung around for my daughter’s birthday. Coincidentally, shewanted a birthday party using the theme of Disney’s animated movie Frozen. We decorated the house in snowflakes and hadsnowflake cookies, ice blue jello, blue rock candy, and a frozen birthday cake. The party went off without a hitch and we had plenty of snowto go sledding and make snow angels just like in the movie. We alsoenjoyed singing and dancing around the house to the entire moviesoundtrack for the last month since we have been stuck inside. My sonloves marching to the “Frozen Heart” and my daughter loves singing“Let It Go” and pretendi

Eleanor Roosevelt Middle, Dubuque Bunger Middle School, WaterlooXavier Elementary, Dyersville East SAC Elementary, Sac City/Wall Lake Stratford Elementary, Stratford The following schools are awarded the PBIS Emerging School Award. These schools completed training during the 2012-13 school