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Welcome to the Statewide Teacher Leadership and Compensation Conference.
  • Sign up for Three Breakout Sessions: We will have three rounds of sessions that focus on the four components in A Systematic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership. Choose the three components that you and/or your team want to focus on: purpose, roles and responsibilities; culture and structures; cultivating dispositions, or assessing impact. Sign up for the order in which you want to work on them. Note that while they are numbered in the paper, they are not chronological and do not need to be done in order. You may want to divide and conquer so that among your team members you attend all four. In order to accommodate the large number of educators, we are limiting each workshop capacity to 100 participants so you may not be able to sign up for the exact workshops or order you want.

  • Administrator Participation: At the same time as the component workshops, there will be workshops designed specifically for administrators. However, we recommend first that administrators attend workshops with their teams. Administrators may choose to attend workshops that meet their individual needs throughout the day.

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Tuesday, July 16
 

8:00am CDT

9:00am CDT

Welcome: The Director and The Governor
Speakers
avatar for Governor Kim Reynolds

Governor Kim Reynolds

Governor
As Iowa’s 43rd Governor, Kim Reynolds is determined to make sure that Iowa’s success is every Iowan’s success.Whether it’s preparing Iowans for cutting-edge careers, fighting for education, improving healthcare and mental health access, or empowering our rural communities... Read More →
avatar for Director Ryan Wise

Director Ryan Wise

Director, Iowa Department of Education
Dr. Ryan Wise was appointed Director of the Iowa Department of Education by Governor Terry Branstad in July 2015 and was reappointed by Governor Kim Reynolds in January 2019. In September 2017 he was named Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Educations... Read More →


Tuesday July 16, 2019 9:00am - 9:15am CDT
Ballroom B

9:15am CDT

Keynote: A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership
Teacher leadership catalyzes change within schools. Yet this powerful force requires thoughtful planning, deliberate support, continuous evaluation, and ongoing upgrades. How teacher leadership is defined, implemented, evaluated, and continuously upgraded matters in its success. Administrators and teacher leaders examine their own programs to celebrate its successes and identify areas for their ongoing efforts to have a teacher leadership program that meets expectations and also transforms school culture, teacher practice, and student success.

Speakers
avatar for Joellen Killion

Joellen Killion

Senior Advisor, Learning Forward
Joellen Killion champions educator learning as the primary pathway to student success. She serves school systems, schools, regional, state, and national agencies within the U.S. and abroad as a consultant and learning facilitator. She is senior advisor to Learning Forward and formerly... Read More →



Tuesday July 16, 2019 9:15am - 10:00am CDT
Ballroom B

10:00am CDT

10:10am CDT

Administrators: Ten Assumptions of Teacher Leadership - Rm. 401
Limited Capacity full

Leadership teams will explore the foundational assumptions that serve as pillars of successful teacher leadership programs. They will use the assumptions to test their own program’s strengths and opportunities for ongoing refinements. Participants will plan upgrades to their current teacher leadership programs to increase teacher engagement and student success.

Speakers
avatar for Joellen Killion

Joellen Killion

Senior Advisor, Learning Forward
Joellen Killion champions educator learning as the primary pathway to student success. She serves school systems, schools, regional, state, and national agencies within the U.S. and abroad as a consultant and learning facilitator. She is senior advisor to Learning Forward and formerly... Read More →



Tuesday July 16, 2019 10:10am - 11:20am CDT
Room 401

10:10am CDT

Assessing Impact (A): Round 1 - Rm. 312
Limited Capacity full

A core component of a successful system of teacher leadership is ongoing formative and summative assessment of its effects on students, peers, schools, school systems, school communities and teacher leaders themselves. Teacher leaders and their supervisors use data about the impact of teacher leadership to adjust and refine teacher leadership programs and individual teacher leader performance. Ultimately, measuring the effects of teacher leadership provides information that may be applied to strengthen teachers’ leadership practice and its impact on peers and students. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Patton

Nicole Patton

Nicole Patton has been an Instructional Coach with Heartland Area Education Agency for the past five years. Before coming to work at Heartland Nicole worked in multiple school districts serving grades K-8.  She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in Elementary Education... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Robinson

Wendy Robinson

Wendy Robinson is the Director of Instructional Services at Heartland AEA. She has worked at Heartland AEA for 37 years years. She has held the position of speech/language pathologists, coach for RTI/MTSS implementation, assistant director of professional learning and her current... Read More →



Tuesday July 16, 2019 10:10am - 11:20am CDT
Room 312

10:10am CDT

Assessing Impact (B): Round 1 - Rm. 313
Limited Capacity filling up

A core component of a successful system of teacher leadership is ongoing formative and summative assessment of its effects on students, peers, schools, school systems, school communities and teacher leaders themselves. Teacher leaders and their supervisors use data about the impact of teacher leadership to adjust and refine teacher leadership programs and individual teacher leader performance. Ultimately, measuring the effects of teacher leadership provides information that may be applied to strengthen teachers’ leadership practice and its impact on peers and students. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Jo Prusha

Jo Prusha

Jo Prusha is a Consultant for Educational Services for Central Rivers AEA providing leadership and professional development in areas of school improvement, curriculum, instruction, assessment, teacher leadership and school counseling.
avatar for Anna Upah

Anna Upah

Anna Upah is an Instructional Services Director at Benton Community providing leadership in curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional learning, and teacher leadership.



Tuesday July 16, 2019 10:10am - 11:20am CDT
Room 313

10:10am CDT

Cultivating Dispositions (A): Round 1 - Rm. 309
Limited Capacity full

Teacher dispositions influence the success of teacher leadership efforts. Not all teachers view themselves as leaders. Some assume that only certain teachers can be leaders, or believe they must be chosen as a leader, often by someone in authority. These deeply held beliefs emerge from teachers’ own perceptions about their identity as a teacher and from the hierarchical structures that exist in most education systems. Building teacher agency and challenging assumptions that serve as barriers to teacher leadership are fundamental to refining and expanding teacher leadership. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Jaymie Randel

Jaymie Randel

Jaymie Randel has been the Coaching Coordinator for Prairie Lakes AEA for the past five years. Prior to this, she worked for Central Rivers AEA (AEA 267) for 12 years as a School Improvement Specialist. She designs and facilitates professional learning for teachers leaders and ad... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Townsley

Andrea Townsley

Andrea is a School Improvement Consultant with Grant Wood AEA.  Previously, she has been an Instructional Coach and PD leader, as well as a 4th-grade teacher.  Andrea loves to read, listen to books and podcasts, and spend time with family and friends. Andrea also spends time moderating... Read More →



Tuesday July 16, 2019 10:10am - 11:20am CDT
Room 309

10:10am CDT

Cultivating Dispositions (B): Round 1 - Rm. 310
Limited Capacity seats available

Teacher dispositions influence the success of teacher leadership efforts. Not all teachers view themselves as leaders. Some assume that only certain teachers can be leaders, or believe they must be chosen as a leader, often by someone in authority. These deeply held beliefs emerge from teachers’ own perceptions about their identity as a teacher and from the hierarchical structures that exist in most education systems. Building teacher agency and challenging assumptions that serve as barriers to teacher leadership are fundamental to refining and expanding teacher leadership. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Isbelia Arzola

Isbelia Arzola

Isbelia Arzola, M.S. is an Education Consultant at the Iowa Department of Education overseeing “Supporting Effective Instruction (Title II, Part A)”. She earned her BS in Special Education in Caracas, Venezuela in 1990. She earned her Masters of Science in Education at Iowa State... Read More →
avatar for Marietta Rives

Marietta Rives

Marietta Rives, Consultant for the Iowa Department of Education, supports implementation of the Iowa Professional Development Model, oversees the Teach Iowa job posting board and serves as a member of the Statewide School Improvement Team. Marietta began her teaching career in 1996... Read More →



Tuesday July 16, 2019 10:10am - 11:20am CDT
Room 310

10:10am CDT

Culture & Structures (A): Round 1 - Rm. 307
Limited Capacity filling up

Creating supporting conditions for teacher leadership increases the potential for success. A healthy school supports and advances teacher leadership, and teacher leadership contributes positively to a healthy culture. Structures including operations conditions such as procedures, resources including time, and policies that align with the school system’s purpose, definition or, and goals for teacher leadership, must be in place to facilitate teacher leadership. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Lou Howell

Lou Howell

Lou Howell recently served as superintendent of Treynor Community Schools.  She is the executive director of Iowa ASCD.  She strongly believes that our kids are the only ones who go through the system; thus, it is important that all teachers and administrators work together to assure... Read More →
avatar for Veta Thode

Veta Thode

Veta Thode has served as Curriculum Director at Washington Community School District for the past 20 years.  One of her responsibilities is to oversee the TLC program at Washington.  She has served as an Iowa ASCD board member and coordinator of the annual Fall Academy.



Tuesday July 16, 2019 10:10am - 11:20am CDT
Room 307

10:10am CDT

Culture & Structures (B): Round 1 - RM. 308
Limited Capacity seats available

Creating supporting conditions for teacher leadership increases the potential for success. A healthy school supports and advances teacher leadership, and teacher leadership contributes positively to a healthy culture. Structures including operations conditions such as procedures, resources including time, and policies that align with the school system’s purpose, definition or, and goals for teacher leadership, must be in place to facilitate teacher leadership. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Rita Martens

Rita Martens

Rita Martens recently retired from the Department of Education, after serving as a leader for the development and implementation of academic standards in Iowa. She supported the implementation of Authentic Intellectual Work through the Iowa Professional Development Model and continues... Read More →
avatar for Erika Cook

Erika Cook

Dr. Erika Cook serves as the Chief for Leading, Teaching, Learning Services in Iowa. In this role, she leads a team whose vision is for all Iowa students to achieve far beyond the required Iowa Early Learning Standards and Iowa Academic Standards. Her bureau’s work is to provide... Read More →



Tuesday July 16, 2019 10:10am - 11:20am CDT
Room 308

10:10am CDT

Purpose, Roles & Responsibilities (A): Round 1 - Rm. 314
Limited Capacity full

Efforts to initiate or refine leadership begin with clarity of goals and purpose for teacher leadership. To clarify goals and purpose, it is often necessary to define what the concept of teacher leadership is and to describe in action how it looks. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Katy Evenson

Katy Evenson

Katy Evenson is the Director of Educational Services, Media and Technology for Northwest AEA. She has been serving in this role for four years.  Her background includes teaching Business Education for 13 years, supporting a school district as the curriculum coordinator for 10 years... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Wiese

Lisa Wiese

Lisa is the Administrator of Educational Services, Media and Technology for Northwest Area Education Agency. Previously she was the PK-6 Principal and PK-12 Curriculum Director for South O'Brien Schools.



Tuesday July 16, 2019 10:10am - 11:20am CDT
Room 314

10:10am CDT

Purpose, Roles & Responsibilities (B): Round 1 - Rm. 306
Limited Capacity filling up

Efforts to initiate or refine leadership begin with clarity of goals and purpose for teacher leadership. To clarify goals and purpose, it is often necessary to define what the concept of teacher leadership is and to describe in action how it looks. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Comfort Akwaji

Comfort Akwaji

Dr. Comfort Akwaji-Anderson is the director of K-12 Curriculum & Instruction for the Waterloo Community School District; co-lead- Access & Equity Drive for the Statewide Mathematics Leadership Team; serves on Iowa’s State TLC Leadership Team; Iowa-ACT State Organization Council... Read More →
avatar for April Pforts

April Pforts

April Pforts is the Mathematics Coordinator at the Iowa Department of Education and serves as the State Supervisor of Mathematics.



Tuesday July 16, 2019 10:10am - 11:20am CDT
Room 306

11:20am CDT

12:00pm CDT

12:10pm CDT

Administrators: Redefining Roles and Responsibilities - Ballroom B
Limited Capacity full

Opportunities for teacher leadership abound within a school, yet clarity of  roles and responsibilities of teacher leaders within schools does not. Identifying and defining roles is a first step to prepare and support teachers to assume the responsibilities of as teacher leaders. In this session, participants will explore the diverse roles of teacher leaders, determine which currently exist within the school, and explore additional opportunities for teachers to become productive, contributing leaders within their schools.

Speakers
avatar for Joellen Killion

Joellen Killion

Senior Advisor, Learning Forward
Joellen Killion champions educator learning as the primary pathway to student success. She serves school systems, schools, regional, state, and national agencies within the U.S. and abroad as a consultant and learning facilitator. She is senior advisor to Learning Forward and formerly... Read More →



Tuesday July 16, 2019 12:10pm - 1:20pm CDT
Ballroom B

12:10pm CDT

Assessing Impact (A): Round 2 - Rm. 312
Limited Capacity filling up

A core component of a successful system of teacher leadership is ongoing formative and summative assessment of its effects on students, peers, schools, school systems, school communities and teacher leaders themselves. Teacher leaders and their supervisors use data about the impact of teacher leadership to adjust and refine teacher leadership programs and individual teacher leader performance. Ultimately, measuring the effects of teacher leadership provides information that may be applied to strengthen teachers’ leadership practice and its impact on peers and students. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Patton

Nicole Patton

Nicole Patton has been an Instructional Coach with Heartland Area Education Agency for the past five years. Before coming to work at Heartland Nicole worked in multiple school districts serving grades K-8.  She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in Elementary Education... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Robinson

Wendy Robinson

Wendy Robinson is the Director of Instructional Services at Heartland AEA. She has worked at Heartland AEA for 37 years years. She has held the position of speech/language pathologists, coach for RTI/MTSS implementation, assistant director of professional learning and her current... Read More →



Tuesday July 16, 2019 12:10pm - 1:20pm CDT
Room 312

12:10pm CDT

Assessing Impact (B): Round 2 - Rm. 313
Limited Capacity seats available

A core component of a successful system of teacher leadership is ongoing formative and summative assessment of its effects on students, peers, schools, school systems, school communities and teacher leaders themselves. Teacher leaders and their supervisors use data about the impact of teacher leadership to adjust and refine teacher leadership programs and individual teacher leader performance. Ultimately, measuring the effects of teacher leadership provides information that may be applied to strengthen teachers’ leadership practice and its impact on peers and students. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Jo Prusha

Jo Prusha

Jo Prusha is a Consultant for Educational Services for Central Rivers AEA providing leadership and professional development in areas of school improvement, curriculum, instruction, assessment, teacher leadership and school counseling.
avatar for Anna Upah

Anna Upah

Anna Upah is an Instructional Services Director at Benton Community providing leadership in curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional learning, and teacher leadership.



Tuesday July 16, 2019 12:10pm - 1:20pm CDT
Room 313

12:10pm CDT

Cultivating Dispositions (A): Round 2 - Rm. 309
Limited Capacity filling up

Teacher dispositions influence the success of teacher leadership efforts. Not all teachers view themselves as leaders. Some assume that only certain teachers can be leaders, or believe they must be chosen as a leader, often by someone in authority. These deeply held beliefs emerge from teachers’ own perceptions about their identity as a teacher and from the hierarchical structures that exist in most education systems. Building teacher agency and challenging assumptions that serve as barriers to teacher leadership are fundamental to refining and expanding teacher leadership. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Jaymie Randel

Jaymie Randel

Jaymie Randel has been the Coaching Coordinator for Prairie Lakes AEA for the past five years. Prior to this, she worked for Central Rivers AEA (AEA 267) for 12 years as a School Improvement Specialist. She designs and facilitates professional learning for teachers leaders and ad... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Townsley

Andrea Townsley

Andrea is a School Improvement Consultant with Grant Wood AEA.  Previously, she has been an Instructional Coach and PD leader, as well as a 4th-grade teacher.  Andrea loves to read, listen to books and podcasts, and spend time with family and friends. Andrea also spends time moderating... Read More →



Tuesday July 16, 2019 12:10pm - 1:20pm CDT
Room 309

12:10pm CDT

Cultivating Dispositions (B): Round 2 - Rm. 310
Limited Capacity filling up

Teacher dispositions influence the success of teacher leadership efforts. Not all teachers view themselves as leaders. Some assume that only certain teachers can be leaders, or believe they must be chosen as a leader, often by someone in authority. These deeply held beliefs emerge from teachers’ own perceptions about their identity as a teacher and from the hierarchical structures that exist in most education systems. Building teacher agency and challenging assumptions that serve as barriers to teacher leadership are fundamental to refining and expanding teacher leadership. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Isbelia Arzola

Isbelia Arzola

Isbelia Arzola, M.S. is an Education Consultant at the Iowa Department of Education overseeing “Supporting Effective Instruction (Title II, Part A)”. She earned her BS in Special Education in Caracas, Venezuela in 1990. She earned her Masters of Science in Education at Iowa State... Read More →
avatar for Marietta Rives

Marietta Rives

Marietta Rives, Consultant for the Iowa Department of Education, supports implementation of the Iowa Professional Development Model, oversees the Teach Iowa job posting board and serves as a member of the Statewide School Improvement Team. Marietta began her teaching career in 1996... Read More →



Tuesday July 16, 2019 12:10pm - 1:20pm CDT
Room 310

12:10pm CDT

Culture & Structures (A): Round 2 - Rm. 307
Limited Capacity filling up

Creating supporting conditions for teacher leadership increases the potential for success. A healthy school supports and advances teacher leadership, and teacher leadership contributes positively to a healthy culture. Structures including operations conditions such as procedures, resources including time, and policies that align with the school system’s purpose, definition or, and goals for teacher leadership, must be in place to facilitate teacher leadership. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Lou Howell

Lou Howell

Lou Howell recently served as superintendent of Treynor Community Schools.  She is the executive director of Iowa ASCD.  She strongly believes that our kids are the only ones who go through the system; thus, it is important that all teachers and administrators work together to assure... Read More →
avatar for Veta Thode

Veta Thode

Veta Thode has served as Curriculum Director at Washington Community School District for the past 20 years.  One of her responsibilities is to oversee the TLC program at Washington.  She has served as an Iowa ASCD board member and coordinator of the annual Fall Academy.



Tuesday July 16, 2019 12:10pm - 1:20pm CDT
Room 307

12:10pm CDT

Culture & Structures (B): Round 2 - Rm. 308
Limited Capacity full

Creating supporting conditions for teacher leadership increases the potential for success. A healthy school supports and advances teacher leadership, and teacher leadership contributes positively to a healthy culture. Structures including operations conditions such as procedures, resources including time, and policies that align with the school system’s purpose, definition or, and goals for teacher leadership, must be in place to facilitate teacher leadership. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Rita Martens

Rita Martens

Rita Martens recently retired from the Department of Education, after serving as a leader for the development and implementation of academic standards in Iowa. She supported the implementation of Authentic Intellectual Work through the Iowa Professional Development Model and continues... Read More →
avatar for Erika Cook

Erika Cook

Dr. Erika Cook serves as the Chief for Leading, Teaching, Learning Services in Iowa. In this role, she leads a team whose vision is for all Iowa students to achieve far beyond the required Iowa Early Learning Standards and Iowa Academic Standards. Her bureau’s work is to provide... Read More →



Tuesday July 16, 2019 12:10pm - 1:20pm CDT
Room 308

12:10pm CDT

Purpose, Roles & Responsibilities (A): Round 2 - Rm. 314
Limited Capacity full

Efforts to initiate or refine leadership begin with clarity of goals and purpose for teacher leadership. To clarify goals and purpose, it is often necessary to define what the concept of teacher leadership is and to describe in action how it looks. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Katy Evenson

Katy Evenson

Katy Evenson is the Director of Educational Services, Media and Technology for Northwest AEA. She has been serving in this role for four years.  Her background includes teaching Business Education for 13 years, supporting a school district as the curriculum coordinator for 10 years... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Wiese

Lisa Wiese

Lisa is the Administrator of Educational Services, Media and Technology for Northwest Area Education Agency. Previously she was the PK-6 Principal and PK-12 Curriculum Director for South O'Brien Schools.



Tuesday July 16, 2019 12:10pm - 1:20pm CDT
Room 314

12:10pm CDT

Purpose, Roles & Responsibilities (B): Round 2 - Rm. 306
Limited Capacity seats available

Efforts to initiate or refine leadership begin with clarity of goals and purpose for teacher leadership. To clarify goals and purpose, it is often necessary to define what the concept of teacher leadership is and to describe in action how it looks. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Comfort Akwaji

Comfort Akwaji

Dr. Comfort Akwaji-Anderson is the director of K-12 Curriculum & Instruction for the Waterloo Community School District; co-lead- Access & Equity Drive for the Statewide Mathematics Leadership Team; serves on Iowa’s State TLC Leadership Team; Iowa-ACT State Organization Council... Read More →
avatar for April Pforts

April Pforts

April Pforts is the Mathematics Coordinator at the Iowa Department of Education and serves as the State Supervisor of Mathematics.



Tuesday July 16, 2019 12:10pm - 1:20pm CDT
Room 306

1:20pm CDT

1:30pm CDT

Administrators: Principals and Teacher Leaders Working Together - Ballroom B
Limited Capacity full

The partnership between school principals and teacher leaders sets the stage to lasting school improvement. This partnership needs to be a well orchestrated and purposeful with teachers and students at the center. In this session you will explore the three components to this important partnership: building relationships, forming working agreements and aligning goals. When these three are in place your school community will thrive. Be ready for the greatest show on earth!

Moderators
avatar for Kathy Perret

Kathy Perret

Instructional Coaching Consultant
Kathy Perret is an instructional coaching consultant and author of The Coach Approach to School Leadership (ASCD 2017). As founder of Kathy Perret Consulting, she empowers school leaders, instructional coaches, and classroom teachers in their professional growth. With over 30 years... Read More →


Tuesday July 16, 2019 1:30pm - 2:40pm CDT
Ballroom B

1:30pm CDT

Assessing Impact (A): Round 3 - Rm. 312
Limited Capacity filling up

A core component of a successful system of teacher leadership is ongoing formative and summative assessment of its effects on students, peers, schools, school systems, school communities and teacher leaders themselves. Teacher leaders and their supervisors use data about the impact of teacher leadership to adjust and refine teacher leadership programs and individual teacher leader performance. Ultimately, measuring the effects of teacher leadership provides information that may be applied to strengthen teachers’ leadership practice and its impact on peers and students. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Patton

Nicole Patton

Nicole Patton has been an Instructional Coach with Heartland Area Education Agency for the past five years. Before coming to work at Heartland Nicole worked in multiple school districts serving grades K-8.  She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in Elementary Education... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Robinson

Wendy Robinson

Wendy Robinson is the Director of Instructional Services at Heartland AEA. She has worked at Heartland AEA for 37 years years. She has held the position of speech/language pathologists, coach for RTI/MTSS implementation, assistant director of professional learning and her current... Read More →



Tuesday July 16, 2019 1:30pm - 2:40pm CDT
Room 312

1:30pm CDT

Assessing Impact (B): Round 3 - Rm. 313
Limited Capacity seats available

A core component of a successful system of teacher leadership is ongoing formative and summative assessment of its effects on students, peers, schools, school systems, school communities and teacher leaders themselves. Teacher leaders and their supervisors use data about the impact of teacher leadership to adjust and refine teacher leadership programs and individual teacher leader performance. Ultimately, measuring the effects of teacher leadership provides information that may be applied to strengthen teachers’ leadership practice and its impact on peers and students. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Jo Prusha

Jo Prusha

Jo Prusha is a Consultant for Educational Services for Central Rivers AEA providing leadership and professional development in areas of school improvement, curriculum, instruction, assessment, teacher leadership and school counseling.
avatar for Anna Upah

Anna Upah

Anna Upah is an Instructional Services Director at Benton Community providing leadership in curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional learning, and teacher leadership.



Tuesday July 16, 2019 1:30pm - 2:40pm CDT
Room 313

1:30pm CDT

Cultivating Dispositions (A): Round 3 - Rm. 309
Limited Capacity filling up

Teacher dispositions influence the success of teacher leadership efforts. Not all teachers view themselves as leaders. Some assume that only certain teachers can be leaders, or believe they must be chosen as a leader, often by someone in authority. These deeply held beliefs emerge from teachers’ own perceptions about their identity as a teacher and from the hierarchical structures that exist in most education systems. Building teacher agency and challenging assumptions that serve as barriers to teacher leadership are fundamental to refining and expanding teacher leadership. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Jaymie Randel

Jaymie Randel

Jaymie Randel has been the Coaching Coordinator for Prairie Lakes AEA for the past five years. Prior to this, she worked for Central Rivers AEA (AEA 267) for 12 years as a School Improvement Specialist. She designs and facilitates professional learning for teachers leaders and ad... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Townsley

Andrea Townsley

Andrea is a School Improvement Consultant with Grant Wood AEA.  Previously, she has been an Instructional Coach and PD leader, as well as a 4th-grade teacher.  Andrea loves to read, listen to books and podcasts, and spend time with family and friends. Andrea also spends time moderating... Read More →



Tuesday July 16, 2019 1:30pm - 2:40pm CDT
Room 309

1:30pm CDT

Cultivating Dispositions (B): Round 3 - Rm. 310
Limited Capacity seats available

Teacher dispositions influence the success of teacher leadership efforts. Not all teachers view themselves as leaders. Some assume that only certain teachers can be leaders, or believe they must be chosen as a leader, often by someone in authority. These deeply held beliefs emerge from teachers’ own perceptions about their identity as a teacher and from the hierarchical structures that exist in most education systems. Building teacher agency and challenging assumptions that serve as barriers to teacher leadership are fundamental to refining and expanding teacher leadership. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Isbelia Arzola

Isbelia Arzola

Isbelia Arzola, M.S. is an Education Consultant at the Iowa Department of Education overseeing “Supporting Effective Instruction (Title II, Part A)”. She earned her BS in Special Education in Caracas, Venezuela in 1990. She earned her Masters of Science in Education at Iowa State... Read More →
avatar for Marietta Rives

Marietta Rives

Marietta Rives, Consultant for the Iowa Department of Education, supports implementation of the Iowa Professional Development Model, oversees the Teach Iowa job posting board and serves as a member of the Statewide School Improvement Team. Marietta began her teaching career in 1996... Read More →



Tuesday July 16, 2019 1:30pm - 2:40pm CDT
Room 310

1:30pm CDT

Culture & Structures (A): Round 3 - Rm. 307
Limited Capacity filling up

Creating supporting conditions for teacher leadership increases the potential for success. A healthy school supports and advances teacher leadership, and teacher leadership contributes positively to a healthy culture. Structures including operations conditions such as procedures, resources including time, and policies that align with the school system’s purpose, definition or, and goals for teacher leadership, must be in place to facilitate teacher leadership. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Lou Howell

Lou Howell

Lou Howell recently served as superintendent of Treynor Community Schools.  She is the executive director of Iowa ASCD.  She strongly believes that our kids are the only ones who go through the system; thus, it is important that all teachers and administrators work together to assure... Read More →
avatar for Veta Thode

Veta Thode

Veta Thode has served as Curriculum Director at Washington Community School District for the past 20 years.  One of her responsibilities is to oversee the TLC program at Washington.  She has served as an Iowa ASCD board member and coordinator of the annual Fall Academy.



Tuesday July 16, 2019 1:30pm - 2:40pm CDT
Room 307

1:30pm CDT

Culture & Structures (B): Round 3 - Rm 308
Limited Capacity filling up

Creating supporting conditions for teacher leadership increases the potential for success. A healthy school supports and advances teacher leadership, and teacher leadership contributes positively to a healthy culture. Structures including operations conditions such as procedures, resources including time, and policies that align with the school system’s purpose, definition or, and goals for teacher leadership, must be in place to facilitate teacher leadership. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Rita Martens

Rita Martens

Rita Martens recently retired from the Department of Education, after serving as a leader for the development and implementation of academic standards in Iowa. She supported the implementation of Authentic Intellectual Work through the Iowa Professional Development Model and continues... Read More →
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Erika Cook

Dr. Erika Cook serves as the Chief for Leading, Teaching, Learning Services in Iowa. In this role, she leads a team whose vision is for all Iowa students to achieve far beyond the required Iowa Early Learning Standards and Iowa Academic Standards. Her bureau’s work is to provide... Read More →



Tuesday July 16, 2019 1:30pm - 2:40pm CDT
Room 308

1:30pm CDT

Purpose, Roles & Responsibilities (A): Round 3 - Rm. 314
Limited Capacity filling up

Efforts to initiate or refine leadership begin with clarity of goals and purpose for teacher leadership. To clarify goals and purpose, it is often necessary to define what the concept of teacher leadership is and to describe in action how it looks. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
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Katy Evenson

Katy Evenson is the Director of Educational Services, Media and Technology for Northwest AEA. She has been serving in this role for four years.  Her background includes teaching Business Education for 13 years, supporting a school district as the curriculum coordinator for 10 years... Read More →
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Lisa Wiese

Lisa is the Administrator of Educational Services, Media and Technology for Northwest Area Education Agency. Previously she was the PK-6 Principal and PK-12 Curriculum Director for South O'Brien Schools.



Tuesday July 16, 2019 1:30pm - 2:40pm CDT
Room 314

1:30pm CDT

Purpose, Roles & Responsibilities (B): Round 3 - Rm. 306
Limited Capacity filling up

Efforts to initiate or refine leadership begin with clarity of goals and purpose for teacher leadership. To clarify goals and purpose, it is often necessary to define what the concept of teacher leadership is and to describe in action how it looks. Participants will use the text, A Systemic Approach to Elevating Teacher Leadership, to reflect on their current program and brainstorm next steps.

Speakers
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Comfort Akwaji

Dr. Comfort Akwaji-Anderson is the director of K-12 Curriculum & Instruction for the Waterloo Community School District; co-lead- Access & Equity Drive for the Statewide Mathematics Leadership Team; serves on Iowa’s State TLC Leadership Team; Iowa-ACT State Organization Council... Read More →
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April Pforts

April Pforts is the Mathematics Coordinator at the Iowa Department of Education and serves as the State Supervisor of Mathematics.



Tuesday July 16, 2019 1:30pm - 2:40pm CDT
Room 306

2:40pm CDT

2:50pm CDT

Departing Inspiration: District Celebrations
Please complete the conference survey (linked here during the transition). 

We will celebrate the impact of teacher leadership in the following districts:

Ankeny
Fort Madison
Graettinger-Terrill and Ruthven-Ayshire
Indianola
Le Mars
Lewis Central
Oelwein
West Fort

Tuesday July 16, 2019 2:50pm - 3:30pm CDT
Ballroom B