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The Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) System rewards effective teachers with leadership opportunities and higher pay, attracts promising new teachers with competitive starting salaries and more support, and fosters greater collaboration for all teachers to learn from each other.

The overriding philosophy of the system is multi-pronged, but boils down to this: Improving student learning requires improving the instruction they receive each day. There is no better way to do this than to empower our best teachers to lead the effort.

Through the system, teacher leaders take on extra responsibilities, including helping colleagues analyze data and fine tune instructional strategies as well as coaching and co-teaching.

The goals of the Teacher Leadership and Compensation System are as follows:

  • Attract able and promising new teachers by offering competitive starting salaries and offering short-term and long-term professional development and leadership opportunities.
  • Retain effective teachers by providing enhanced career opportunities.
  • Promote collaboration by developing and supporting opportunities for teachers in schools and school districts statewide to learn from each other.
  • Reward professional growth and effective teaching by providing pathways for career opportunities that come with increased leadership responsibilities and involve increased compensation.
  • Improve student achievement by strengthening instruction.

Every school district in Iowa has implemented a TLC plan. The state of Iowa has almost 10,000 teachers serving in a teacher leadership role.

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This section supports school districts as they continue to implement Teacher Leadership and Compensation. This is where school districts can find support in such areas as plan changes, promising practices and other guidance.

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.

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.

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.

District TLC Plans – Select a district from a drop-down menu to view individual plans.

End of Year Reports - View a district's End of Year Report. Select a district and school year from the dropdown menus to generate a report.

AEA Contacts

Keystone AEATesha Ruleytruley@aea1.k12.ia.us563-245-1480
Central Rivers AEAAmy Moineamoine@aea267.k12.ia.us319-268-7658
Prairie Lakes AEAJaymie Randeljrandel@plaea.org515-368-0358
Mississippi Bend AEANicole Brownnbrown@mbaea.org563-344-6487
Grant Wood AEAKris Donnellykdonnelly@gwaea.org319-399-6783
Grant Wood AEADanielle Donnellyddonnelly@gwaea.org319-399-6850
Heartland AEAKevin Fangmankfangman@heartlandaea.org515-270-9030
Heartland AEAWendy Robinsonwrobinson@heartlandaea.org515-270-9030
Northwest AEAAmy Bensonabenson@nwaea.org712-222-6078
Green Hills AEAJason Plourdejplourde@ghaea.org712-366-0503
Great Prairie AEARich Schulterich.schulte@gpaea.org641-682-8591



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 1,000

TLC Exemplars - Districts Under 1,000

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

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This section provides guidance on End-of-Year reporting as well other components of the TLC evaluation system.

The central focus of the Department’s evaluation plan is on ensuring the TLC system achieves the goals of attracting and retaining effective teachers, promoting collaboration, rewarding professional growth and effective teaching, and improving student achievement by strengthening instruction. Our approach to evaluation includes four components: BEDS analysis, plan change tracker, end of year report, and external support.

TLC Evaluation Key Components

End-of-Year Reporting

Beginning the 2022-2023 school year, districts are no longer asked to complete an End-of-Year Report that is submitted to the Department.

Districts are encouraged to review their data and program evaluation for a district report. A local report serves as an opportunity for districts to reflect on their progress toward the vision and goals of their TLC plan.
Past District End-of-Year Reports are still available for the 2016-17 through the 2021-22 school years. Additional functionality available within the Iowa Education Portal for superintendents and other district TLC contacts.

Statewide End-of-Year Reports

Annual Reports

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