Implementation (TLC System )
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The information on this page is targeted towards districts who are implementing the TLC system in their districts.
Allowable Use of Funds
There are six categories of allowable uses for TLC funds as specified in legislation. The following linked document is intended to introduce or reinforce professional understanding of TLC allowable uses of funds. District leaders may use this tool as they identify TLC resources to leverage student achievement.
How does a district submit a request to change its TLC plan?
School districts wishing to amend their TLC Plan should submit their requests now available on the Iowa Education Portal for superintendent and other TLC contacts. This application allows districts to house their entire updated plan. Districts may now access their original plan and update it with all previously approved changes. (Previously approved changes do not need to be reapproved; there is an option to record if change has previously been approved). Districts may also submit all new plan changes on the portal. Districts are asked to describe the change, the rationale for the change, and the level of support for the change. A link to supporting documents may be copied and pasted into the request. To access the application, log in to the Iowa Education Portal with your A&A account and look under the EdInfo menu for TLC Plan and Reporting. If you do not have an A&A account, select ‘Create an Account’ at the top of the login screen.
When do districts need to submit a change request?
If the approved TLC plan and enacted TLC plan no longer align, a change request needs to be submitted to account for that difference. In other words, if someone were walking through your district with your TLC plan, would what is approved align to what they see? If not, a change request needs to be submitted.
TLC Guidance: Planning PowerPoint – Presented in November 2020, the content highlights various components of TLC planning to assist district TLC site-based teams.
What changes have districts made?
The following documents lists change requests and outcomes that have been made by districts. These documents reflect all changes beginning in 2014 through July 1, 2019. Changes after July 1, 2019, are on the Iowa Educational Portal. Districts may access their changes on the Portal.
- TLC Plan Revisions 2019 (2019-06-30)
- TLC Plan Revisions 2018 (2019-01-03)
- TLC Plan Revisions 2017 (2018-01-02)
- TLC Plan Revisions 2014-2016 (2017-03-09)
District TLC Plans – Select a district from a drop-down menu to view individual plans.
Iowa Instructional Framework
An instructional framework guides districts with specific effective practices that are learned, implemented, and monitored and provides feedback on learning at all levels.
An increasing number of school districts have adopted an instructional framework.
The Iowa Department of Education supports schools that are looking for guidance in adopting an instructional rubric through the Iowa Instructional Framework.
Essential components of an Instructional Framework:
- Teacher learning progressions
- Focus on instructional practices
- Student learning and growth
Teacher Learning Progressions
- The intended use of these progressions is as a support tool (that provides common language) for improving instruction (to develop and grow effective teaching practices).
- The purpose is to provide descriptions of graduated levels of teaching practice for any teacher in their teaching career (as well as for teacher leaders to help provide feedback through the continuous improvement process).
Focus on Instructional Practice
- Teacher growth through ongoing reflection
- Increase consistency in collaborative conversations (ongoing components of IDPM: Learning Opportunities, Collaborations, and Implementation, Ongoing Data Collection) all about instruction
- Instructional Practices in identified areas
- Supports the Iowa Teaching Standards
The Department has worked with National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) to develop training and supports for the Iowa Instructional Framework.
Below are links to three webinar recordings that have been shared to help with successful implementation. They mention the Iowa Instructional Framework specifically, but many of the ideas could be used with any instructional framework.
- Early Implementation Strategies
- Developing a Common Language
- Utilizing the Iowa Instructional Framework in Professional Development
Use the link above to view a district's End of Year Report. Select a district and school year from the dropdown menus to generate a report.
Use the link above to view a district's TLC Plan. Select a district from the drop-down menu to generate a plan.
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Mentoring and Induction TLC Part 4 Supports (2017-08-17)
Teacher Leadership and Compensation Guidance (December 2016)
TLC System – Framework for Learning Supports (2014-08-01)
TLC System – Launching Teacher Leadership (2014-04-18)
Supporting Teacher Leadership Programs (Iowa AEAs) (2014-04-04)
TLC Plan Application Scoring Rubric (2014-06-19)
TLC System Application FAQs (2015-07-21)
Teacher Leadership System Design Resources (2013-09-24)