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Director Glass announces Competency-Based Instruction Task Force

July 26, 2012

 Notice of first task force meeting on Monday, July 30

DES MOINES, IA – Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass today announced the 35 Iowans who will serve on the Competency-Based Instruction Task Force, which was established in Senate File 2284 to study competency-based instruction standards and the integration of competency-based instruction with the Iowa Core, as well as to develop assessment models and professional development for educators.

Under a competency-based education system, students earn credit and advance to the next level based on their mastery of content rather than their age or seat time.

“Great schools always work to grow, improve and innovate,” said Glass, who is a member of the task force. “Some Iowa schools are very innovative already, and I applaud those schools that have experimented with competency-based education. I look forward to working with this talented group of Iowans on the task force to help fuel that innovative spirit.”

The task force will meet on Monday, July 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the School Administrators of Iowa office, 12199 Stratford Dr., Clive.

Members of the Competency-Based Instruction Task Force are as follows:

Todd Abrahamson, Grinnell-Newburg Community School District, Grinnell

Linda Allen, Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo

Connie Buhr, Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo

Charity Campbell, Norwalk Community School District, Norwalk

John Carver, Howard-Winneshiek Community School District, Cresco

Chris Coffman, Grinnell-Newburg Community School District, Grinnell

Shawn Cornally, Solon Community School District, Solon

Joan Corbin, Pella Community School District, Pella

Lyn Countryman, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls

Sandra Dop, Iowa Department of Education, Des Moines

Jason Ellingson, Collins-Maxwell Community School District, Maxwell

Ron Fielder, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Jason Glass, Iowa Department of Education, Des Moines

Dirk Halupnik, Linn-Mar Community School District, Marion

Jeff Herzberg, Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency, Pocahontas

Liz Hollingworth, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Pam Kirsch, Davenport Community Schools, Davenport

Valorie Kruse, State Board of Education, Sioux City

Susan Lagos-Lavenz, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Gary McClanahan, Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines

Cathy Molumby, Valley Community School District, Elgin

Nancy Movall, AEA PD Online, Johnston

Allan Nelson, Clayton Ridge Community School District, Guttenberg

Dana Schon, School Administrators of Iowa, Clive

Jen Sigrist, Van Meter Community School District, Van Meter

Elliott G. Smith, Iowa Business Council, Des Moines

Andrea Stewart, Muscatine Community School District, Muscatine

Deanna Stoube, St. Ambrose University, Davenport

Cindy Swanson, Iowa State Education Association, Des Moines

David Tilly, Iowa Department of Education, Des Moines

Matt Townsley, Solon Community School District, Solon

Bridgette Wagoner, Waverly-Shell Rock Community School District, Waverly

Susan Walkup, Iowa Department of Education, Des Moines

Kari Webb, Spirit Lake Community School District, Spirit Lake

Todd Wessels, Holy Family Catholic Schools, Dubuque


Monday’s agenda is as follows:

9:30 a.m.         Welcome, Introductions, Connecting to the Work

10:45 a.m.       Overview of Legislation and State Guidelines and Definitions

11:30 a.m.       Brainstorm Work Process and Questions

12:15 p.m.       New Hampshire Competency-Based Learning and Assessment Specialist

1:15 p.m.         Define Work Teams and Job Descriptions

2:15 p.m.         Timeline

2:30 p.m.         Next Steps

3 p.m.              Adjourn


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