Coen recommends district self-fund Iowa Teacher Leadership Plan
By TRISHA PHELPS
Mt. Pleasant News
WINFIELD — During the Winfield-Mt. Union school board meeting, Superintendent of Schools Pat Coen made a proposal to the board to self-fund the Teacher Leadership Plan (TLP), an Iowa Department of Education program which will be mandatory for schools to implement within the next three years. No action was taken at the meeting on this to allow the school board time to do further research.
The program would use experienced teachers to mentor other teachers and use classroom time to educate teachers.
Coen’s proposal included the following points:
• W-MU did not receive TLP funding for the 2014-2015 school year, and may not receive it for the 2015-2016 school year. During the 2016-2017 school year, TLP funds will be a part of the governmental process referred to as “the school funding formula.”
Coen proposed W-MU self-fund at least half of the Iowa Department of Education’s funding guidance, allowing W-MU teacher leaders to receive half of the funds they would have received from the state. According to Coen, this would allow W-MU to begin the process of TLP without the financial risk of complete self-funding. Once W-MU receives funding from the Department of Education, payment would revert to the payment system in the current plan.
Teacher leadership, according to Coen, is critical as it allows integration of the W-MU multi-tiered Support Systems Plans (MTSS) as well as the Early Progression in Literacy plan (EPL).
The W-MU school district can cover the cost of self-funding by allocating funds from dropout prevention, at-risk dollars and Early Progression in Literacy dollars.
Self-funding would not affect W-MUCSD’s ability to purchase land, should the school’s efforts in acquiring land near the sports complex come to fruition.
Coen also states in his proposal that the “opportunity found in Teacher Leadership holds such reform potential that it is critical W-MUCSD seizes the opportunity by self-funding our W-MUCSD TLP.”