Office of the Governor of Iowa

Governor Branstad

Your thoughts on teacher leadership?

Having higher expectations for students in today’s knowledge-based economy requires new thinking about how to better utilize the expertise of Iowa educators.

Principals alone cannot reasonably be expected to provide all the instructional leadership needed inside each of Iowa’s 1,400-plus school buildings to help all youngsters succeed.

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds held the Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium at Drake University in Des Moines on Aug. 3 to explore ways Iowa could make the most of stronger, shared teacher and principal leadership.

They believe moving in this direction is a critical next step in giving our children a world-class education. You can watch video from the symposium by going to the Iowa Department of Education website:, and clicking on the carrousel at the top of the home page.

Please let us know what you think.

One Response to "Your thoughts on teacher leadership?"

  1. I believe Iowa has excellent schools and excellent teachers. The larger problems of society are the issue here. Students come to school from homes of poverty and/or instability, and are not as ready to learn as they should be.
    My other concern is of standardized testing. I have had students who jumped or dropped by over 20 percentile points from one year to the next because of their current situation or a change in their desire to do well. This does not reflect on the teacher or the school. If I teach 30 students, and some excel and some fail, it is not because I failed some of them. Most teachers are more than willing to assist ALL students, but students must be in a frame of mind that results in them wanting to learn.

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