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The Iowa Department of Education (Department) has a single priority of ensuring that all learners are Future Ready at all ages and stages of growth. This expands our definition of Future Readiness and inclusion of all Department work to include preschool through 12th grade to prepare all learners for their future at every step of their educational journey. The Department has reorganized to support this work to ensure statewide sustainability.

Teacher Retention Payments

In her Condition of the State address on Jan. 11, 2022, Governor Kim Reynolds announced that full-time classroom teachers in Iowa would receive a retention payment for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of this work, and as a means of providing premium pay to our educators, the State of Iowa will offer $1,000 to each full-time pre-kindergarten through grade 12 (PK-12) in-person classroom teacher who stayed on the job through the pandemic and continues teaching to the end of this school year. 

On the governor’s behalf, the Department and Department of Administrative Services will offer every eligible full-time in-person classroom teacher in the state a retention payment of $1,000 to complete the remainder of their teaching assignment for the current academic year ending June 30, 2022.

Use of State and Federal Funds to Promote Teacher Retention Guidance - Provides eligible full-time in-person PK-12 classroom teachers and their employers with information on the requirements to receive a teacher retention payment.

Teacher Retention Payment Frequently Asked Questions

Department of Human Services Schools

Department of Human Services schools will work directly with the Department of Administrative Services and should contact them directly for payment requirements.

Teacher and Paraeducator Registered Apprenticeship Grants

To grow Iowa’s teacher and paraeducator talent pipeline and support expansion of Registered Apprenticeship in high schools, the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Workforce Development are seeking applications for Teacher and Paraeducator Registered Apprenticeship Grants.

Up to $9 million in federal relief funding through the American Rescue Plan of 2021's Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER III or ARP ESSER) has been allocated to fund competitive grants for public school districts partnering with an eligible community college or four-year college or university under the following Registered Apprenticeship models:

  • High School and Adult-to-Paraeducator Registered Apprenticeship: A registered apprenticeship model designed to help high school students and working adults begin a career as a paraeducator (Teacher Aide 1) while earning credit toward an associate degree.
  • Paraeducator-to-Teacher Registered Apprenticeship: A registered apprenticeship model designed to help paraeducators (Teacher Aide 1) continue to work while earning credit toward a bachelor’s degree and teaching license.

Program Details and Application Process

Notice of Funding Opportunity - Provides information about the Teacher and Paraeducator Registered Apprenticeship pathways, eligible applications, covered costs, funding priorities, performance measures, reporting requirements, and award information.

Teacher and Paraeducator Registered Apprenticeship Program Questions - Provides responses to the January webinar participants' questions.

How to Apply: Applications must be submitted electronically by the applicant’s authorized representative via IowaGrants.gov. For registration guidance, refer to “IowaGrants.gov New User Registration Instructions” in Appendix B of the Notice of Funding Opportunity document.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2022 at 3 p.m.

Iowa Health Careers Registered Apprenticeship Program

To provide high school students with the opportunity to explore health care careers while getting paid and to address the health care workforce shortage, Iowa Workforce Development is seeking applications for Iowa Health Careers Registered Apprenticeship Grants.

Federal funding through the federal American Rescue Plan Act (H.R.1319) has been reserved to award a minimum of 5 competitive grants to support the establishment of a new, or expansion of an existing, high school-based Registered Apprenticeship program modeled on the Patient Care Registered Apprenticeship Program launched last year at the Career Academy of Pella. The program takes advantage of virtual reality and real-world work experience with a local nursing facility and hospital.

Funding priorities include partnerships comprised of, at a minimum, a school district or accredited nonpublic school, a hospital and nursing facility, and a Related Training Instruction (RTI) provider such as a community college or other qualified training provider, in a community or region collaborating to establish, expand or enhance a Registered Apprenticeship program that prepares Iowa high school apprentices for careers in health care will be considered.

Iowa Workforce Development will consider the location of applicants during the review process to ensure the geographic diversity of grantees.

Program Details and Application Process

Notice of Funding Opportunity - Provides information about the Iowa Health Care Registered Apprenticeship, eligible applicants, funding priorities, performance measures, reporting requirements, and award information.

Addition information on this funding opportunity is available on the Earn and Learn website.

How to Apply: Applications must be submitted electronically by the applicant’s authorized representative via IowaGrants.gov.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2022 at 3 p.m.

Partnerships and Exploratory Projects

Partnerships and exploratory projects expand our resources, impact, and understanding of what it takes to implement and sustain work across our state. This includes a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework focused on academics and social-emotional-behavioral health (SEBH) across all districts and schools in Iowa and projects needed to build capacity for workforce preparation and community colleges, including:

The Network

The Network will ensure Iowa has a sustainable network of high-quality trainers, facilitators, and coaches. The Network will leverage expertise to support Iowa schools who need the most support to improve outcomes for all learners. The Network will work closely with districts and schools designated as needing Targeted and Comprehensive Support and Improvement (TSI/CSI) to develop and implement comprehensive improvement plans focused on accelerating learning and providing the social-emotional-behavioral support needed to prepare all learners for their future at every step of their educational journey.

Leadership Academy

The purpose of a Leadership Academy is to build statewide capacity to engage in collaborative learning to enhance local implementation of evidence-based practices. Regional Leadership Academy professional learning will be provided, open to all, with priority access for TSI and CSI schools and districts.

The Network and the Leadership Academy

Network staff will receive specialized training and common professional learning and coaching in evidence-based practices grounded in MTSS.

In turn, the Network will build statewide capacity Regional Leadership Academies, or professional learning opportunities focused on specific learning areas of need, and open to all educational leaders and teachers in the state, with priority around TSI/CSI schools.

The Network will provide professional learning and direct coaching to district, school, and program personnel around effective implementation of evidence-based practices across three priority areas:

  1. Leadership and Infrastructure focused on enhancing local implementation of MTSS and evidence-based practices;
  2. Accelerated Learning and Closing Gaps focused on unfinished learning and achievement gaps;
  3. Social-Emotional-Behavioral Health focused on supporting schools to create safe, healthy, and caring learning environments.

Future Ready Iowa Webinar Recordings and Materials

Date Webinar Recording Materials
Nov. 18, 2021 Foundations for Accelerating Learning Nov. 18 Presentation Slides
Dec. 16, 2021 Accelerating Literacy Dec. 16 Presentation Slides
Jan. 13, 2022 Accelerating Math Jan. 13 Presentation Slides
Feb. 10, 2022 Accelerating Social-Emotional-Behavioral Health Feb. 10 Presentation Slides
Visit the Governor’s Future Ready Iowa website for more information on the statewide initiative.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 20, 2022 at 6:41am.