Boyle and Magee to Serve on Taskforce

Waukee Community School District staff members Molly Boyle and Duane Magee were among the 18 Iowans selected by Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass to serve on the Taskforce on Teacher Leadership and Compensation.

Molly Boyle,Third-grade Teacher/2011 Iowa Teacher of the Year at  Brookview Elementary School Duane Magee, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Waukee Community School District

The Iowa Department of Education released the following information:

The taskforce will help the state move forward strategically in the areas of teacher leadership roles and compensation issues. The group is a component of the recommendations introduced by Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds in January to restore Iowa’s standing as a leader in education and to prepare all students to compete for jobs in a global economy.

“I look forward to working with such a talented, thoughtful group of individuals to design an approach to teacher leadership and compensation that leads the nation,” Glass said. “This taskforce will draw from some of the best minds in Iowa schools, Area Education Agencies, educator stakeholder groups, higher education and the business community.”

A blueprint for education released by the Branstad-Reynolds administration in October included plans to redesign educator career pathways, to create teacher leadership roles and to revise the compensation structure to support this new educator career structure.

Because changes that involve compensation in education generate large cost implications and many questions, the Branstad-Reynolds administration’s final recommendations for world-class schools called for a taskforce to study the career structure and compensation plan in 2012.

The group’s work will begin before the end of the legislative session because of the importance of moving forward on these issues, Glass said.

“Great teachers and leaders will be the key to transforming Iowa’s good schools into world-class schools,” Glass said. “We must put together a model where every teacher, regardless of experience level, is engaged in working with others and also is engaged in the work of improvement.”

Glass will chair the taskforce, which will meet once a month from March through September. The group will make recommendations for the 2013 legislative session.

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