A review of the new state program that pays experienced teachers more to be mentors for other teachers finds it’s too early to tell if the system is actually helping students do better.
Some school administrators who are using the plan say it has been a boost to morale of teachers.
Iowa Department of Education director, Ryan Wise, says there are signs the Teacher Leadership and Compensation System is making an impact.
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Sioux City Schools Superintendent Paul Gausman agrees that the program seems to be working;
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Gausman says they are able to improve the way they teach using the best teachers.
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Superintendent Gausman says the teacher leaders take part in professional development and are available to help teachers who might be struggling.
They can help those teachers without being forced on them.
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The report conducted by American Institutes of Research focused on the 39 districts in their second year of implementation of the program during the 2015-16 school year.
Radio Iowa contributed to this story