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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.

TLC Allowable Use of Funds

Plan Changes

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. Additionally, any changes made to Part 8 of the grant including measures used to monitor the impact/effectiveness of the TLC plan will need to be submitted.

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 int 2014 through July 1, 2019. Changes after July 1, 2019 are on the Iowa Educational Portal. Districts may access their changes on the Portal. A public link enabling everyone to view updated changes will be available soon. 

Iowa Instructional Framework

An instructional framework guides districts with specific effective practices that are learned, implemented, 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.

  1. Early Implementation Strategies
  2. Developing a Common Language
  3. Utilizing the Iowa Instructional Framework in Professional Development

End of Year Reports

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. 

District Plans

Use the link above to view a district's TLC Plan. Select a district from the dropdown menu to generate a plan.

AEA Contacts

AEA Contact Email Phone
Keystone AEA Tesha Ruley 563-245-1480
Central Rivers AEA Amy Moine 319-268-7658
Prairie Lakes AEA Jaymie Randel 515-368-0358
Mississippi Bend AEA Nicole Peterson 563-344-6487
Grant Wood AEA Kris Donnelly 319-399-6783
Grant Wood AEA Kim Owen 319-399-6803
Heartland AEA Kevin Fangman 515-270-9030
Heartland AEA Wendy Robinson 515-270-9030
Northwest AEA Katy Evenson 712-222-6000
Green Hills AEA Patrick Rabbitt 712-366-0503
Great Prairie AEA Lonna Anderson 641-682-8591



Mentoring and Induction TLC Part 4 Supports (2017-08-17)

Teacher Leadership and Compensation Guidance (December 2016)


TLC Support for Return to Learn

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 Exemplars - Districts Over 1000

TLC Exemplars - Districts Under 1000

TLC Plan Application Scoring Rubric (2014-06-19)

TLC System Application FAQs (2015-07-21)

Teacher Leadership System Design Resources (2013-09-24)

Guidance on the Iowa Teacher Leadership and Compensation System (2013-07-15)

TLC Accepted Districts by Year

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on January 27, 2021 at 6:09am.