Creston Community School District is currently working on a grant application to the Iowa Department of Education in order to create a teacher leadership and compensation system. This grant is due in October 2015.
The Teacher Leadership and Compensation grant (TLC) will be for approximately $400,000 annually beginning in the 2016-2017 school year.
The goals of Iowa's Teacher Leadership and Compensation System are:
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