The Governor's Special Assistant for Education

Linda Fandel


Teacher leadership symposium almost sold out

July 10, 2012

With the Aug. 3 Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium just a few weeks away, it’s worth taking the time to read the work of keynote speaker Marc Tucker, president and CEO of the National Center on Education and the Economy. Take a look at the paper “Standing on the Shoulder of Giants,” which seeks to answer the question, “What would the education policies and practices of the United States be if they were based on the policies and practices of the countries that now lead the world in student performance?”

Among many interesting observations, Tucker says, “This is a new idea in the world, the idea that all must have an education formerly reserved only for the elites.”

That idea is being pursued relentless in countries with high-performing schools. They are not satisfied with the goal of all students being proficient in math and reading. Their goal is to for all students to master more complex skills, to maximize their individual potential, to assure that they are high-wage nations.

 Tucker sees state government – not Washington – as the driver of such education policy in the U.S.

For that to happen here, we’ll  have to reach a broad consensus that major change is needed in Iowa’s education policy. One key step is creating new, formal roles for outstanding teachers as instructional leaders whose job is increasing  achievement throughout the school building. Principals alone can’t do all the work involved.

How to go about creating such roles for teachers is the question that will be pursued at the Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium on Aug. 3 at Drake University. The event is close to being sold out, with about 75 spots remaining. Please consider registering, if you haven’t already.

Read “Standing on the Shoulder of Giants.”

Attend the Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium.

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