Recently, Jason Glass, the Director of the Iowa Department of Education, stated upcoming reform initiatives that will be unveiled in October 2011. The initiatives are:
Eliminate step pay based on experience and college credit and create tiered system that aligns with compensation 1 - apprentice ($40,000), 2 - career (50,000), 3 - mentor (60,000), and 4 - master (80,000).
Eliminate last-in/last-out lay offs and focus on schools' needs and teachers credentials
Create a fund for innovation
Continue to advance the Iowa Core and outline grade level expectations
Expand the presence of charter schools
Focus on assessment by creating a high school exit exam given as early as 10th grade and requiring all 11th grade students to take the ACT
Change teacher preparation and teacher evaluation
As a College of Education that prepares the largest percentage of the states teachers, these reform initiatives warrant our attention.
As you reflect on these initiatives, respond about which of these should the College of Education take a stance and what response mode should we take. The response modes are:
Responsive - Acceptance of the initiative and respond by showing support and encouraging implementation.
Proactive - Initiative will affect our programming and we should be a part of the discussion as guidelines for this initiative are established.
Reactive - This initiative is unfounded and we should state our rationale for opposition.