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Teacher Leadership

The Teacher Leaderhip & Compensation (TLC) Program's goals are to build leadership capacity with our existing staff to increase student learning and performance.

The teacher leaders under the TLC umbrella are the following:

  • Instructional Coaches
  • PLC Facilitators
  • Vertical Team Facilitators
  • Mentors

Instructional Coaches

The district has 8 instructional coaches; four serve the elementary, two serve the middle school, and two serve the high school.  The instructional coaches are chosen through and interview process and evaluated yearly by their building administrator and the Director of Curriulum.

Oskaloosa's Instructional Coaching Mission

An instructional coach collaborates with and supports teachers as the reflect on practices and implement changes in order to positively impact student learning and achievement.

The instructional coaches will achieve the mission by:

  • Actively listening and asking reflective questions
  • Engaging in collaborative conversations
  • Providing job embedded professional learning
  • Assisting teachers in setting student driven goals and monitoring student growth
  • Create a culture of coaching

PLC Facilitators

Each grade level and content area has a PLC Facilitator that leads the PLC process throughout the year.  The purpose of the PLC Facilitator is to assist in leading the PLC processes through planning and facilitation of PLC meetings.  The PLC Faciitators engage in additional professional learning throughout the year to learn skill and strategies aligned with thier purpose.

PLC Facilitators have various roles, including:

  • Planning PLC agendas with assistance of team members
  • Facilitating PLC meetings
  • Contributing to and building upon the collaborative culture of a team
  • Adhering to and modeling PLC expectations
  • Communicating PLC needs/concerns with appropriate administrators
  • Assessing the needs of the team and soliciting support as needed
  • Providing professional learning using internal and external support

Vertical Team Facilitators

Each building has various vertical teams that engage in building level intiatives in work.  Some of these teams include curriculum alignment teams, building leadership teams, MTSS teams, behavior teams, and climate/cutlure teams.  Each of these teams is led by a vertical team facilitator.  

Vertical Team Facilitators have various roles, including:

  • Planning agendas with assistance of team members
  • Facilitating meetings
  • Contributing to and building upon the collaborative culture of a team
  • Communicating team needs/concerns with appropriate administrators
  • Assessing the needs of the team and soliciting support as needed
  • Sharing work of the team with other staff

Mentors

Mentors are an integral part in introducing new staff to the district and the profession.  Mentors are provided for all teachers who are new to Oskaloosa Schools.   Each mentor engages in professional learning around effective mentoring skills and also engages in professional learning with their mentee throughout the year.  

Mentors have various roles, including:

  • Model a positive, growth mindset
  • Acclimating new staff to the district and building
  • Providing support and training on district/school initiatives
  • Working collaboratively with the new teacher through observations and discussions
  • Being a trustworthy support system both personally and professionally
  • Assisting new-to-the-profession teachers with state and district-level expectations to receive standard licensure