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Districts Get Funding For Teacher Leaders

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Cedar Rapids schools are using new funding to help boost student achievement.

We first told you last night about the district earning first place in its application for a state teacher leadership and compensation grant.

Cedar Rapids and Linn-Mar Community School Districts are among the 39 statewide districts to receive grant dollars from the Iowa Department of Education.

The funds will go toward bringing teacher leaders into the schools to work with teachers in the classroom.

Teacher's job is the same, all over the world. They pass on knowledge, help students to problem-solve and prepare them for the future.

It helps if those teachers are ready for the job role.

That's where the teacher leadership and compensation grant comes into play.

"It says that over the next three years in the state of Iowa that we will be implementing and they will be compensating teachers for their leadership duties in schools, said Cedar Rapids Schools Deputy of Superintendent, Mary Ellen Maske.

Cedar Rapids School Administrators will receive five million dollars for the upcoming school year.

Mary Ellen Maske says their plan includes 882 full and part time positions for teacher leaders.

"Some of them will be full time positions that will be like an instructional coach working in a school setting. Some of our positions were positions that would be helping facilitate professional learning for teachers, said Maske.

Administrators at Linn-Mar Community School District, who also received the funds, say they are already working to find those leaders.

"They are spacing the program for 20 model teachers so they will be class rooms that other teachers visit to go watch certain techniques for classroom management and so on, said Katie Mulholland, Linn-Mar Superintendent.

At the forefront of it all: students.

"It's a benefit for our kids. They get better teaching in the class room. They get better interaction with the adults, said Mulholland.

Some of the teacher leaders are already employed by the districts, others will be hired in.

They will start working with district teachers next year in the 2014 to 2015 school year.
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