Resource Spotlight

ASCD Announces Support of the Effective Teaching and Leading Act

From ASCD:

Introduced by Senator Jack Reed, D-R.I., the Effective Teaching and Leading Act would help schools develop and support effective educators by implementing proven, team-based professional-development strategies. Specifically, the act calls for dedicated mentoring time for teachers during the school week and proposes multiyear induction for new teachers and principals. Read our recent press release to learn more about the act, the role ASCD played in its development and what you can do to show your support.


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ASCD Smart Brief: How technology is improving education for students in rural schools

Here is an article that came to our attention through an ASCD Smart Brief discussing the role of technology and video conferencing in rural schools.

TQP is on Facebook and Twitter!

Twitter and Facebook

Follow UNI TQP as we continue to research effective teaching and implement our field test over the next few years.  You can find us on Facebook here and you can follow us on Twitter @unitqp.  We will be using these sites, in addition to this website, to interact with Iowa educators about rural education and the creation of a consistent teacher performance assessment system from pre-service thorugh career.  Feel free to interact with us online and let us know how we can help.

Rural Student Success Critical to National Goals

Education Week recently published an article about the importance of rural schools and rural student success and how they are both critical for achieving national goals.  The author provides four ways federal policy can help succeed in rural America.

Iowa Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Website

Looking for more information about the Iowa Teacher Quality Partnership Grant?  Look no further!  The Iowa Department of Education has created a website outlining major partners, goals and objectives, and advisory board of the grant.  As this website is updated, more information will become available, especially around the mentoring and induction/in-service aspects of the grant.

IACTE Spring Conference Handouts

Below are the handouts of the Emerging Qualities of Effective Teaching Continuum from Dr. Davidson and Dr. Herring's presentation at the Spring IACTE Conference.


Emerging Qualities of Effective Teaching Continuum Handout


Emerging Qualities of Effective Teaching Continuum

Iowa Teaching Standards

Looking for the eight Iowa Teaching Standards?  Look no further.

UNI Teacher Education Web Site

The UNI Teach Ed Web site has a number of different links related to teacher licensure, resources for teachers, and students.  You can access the site here:

UNI Leaders in Education Lecture Series: Sharon Robinson, president & CEO of AACTE, Oct. 8, 2010


Dr. Robinson


UNI hosted its inaugural UNI Leaders in Education Lecture Series with Sharon Robinson, president & CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Robinson presented "Envisioning a Premier Pre-K through 12 Teacher and Educational Leader Preparation Program: An Institutional Commitment."
To view her presentation click on the link below.


Video of presentation



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TPAC has created a Ning social network to aid in the implementation of TPA in states throughout the US.  Users must request access to the site prior to accessing any resources shared on the Ning site.

To access the Ning site, click here: