Iowa Public Television


Education Reform in Iowa

posted on September 7, 2012

Education reform can turn out to be a controversial topic in Iowa. The debate, of course, is not whether schools should change the status quo but rather how school reform should happen. Higher teacher pay, more training, and finding a better means of assessment were just a fraction of what was discussed at the Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium that was held at Drake University on August 3, 2012. During the symposium a number of teachers, administrators, leaders, and educational thinkers discussed a variety of ideas with the goal of helping propel Iowa as a leader of world class education.

IPTV recorded some highlights from the symposium, including speeches from Marc Tucker, of the National Center on Education and the Economy, Vivien Stewart, the Senior Advisor for Education at Asia Society, and Brad Jupp, the Senior Program Advisor in the Office of Secretary of Education.

Let us know your thoughts. Are these the right steps Iowa needs to take to become a leader of world class education? Or are other reform efforts necessary? Let us know what you think.

Tags: achievment gap business education education reform educators Finland Gov. Terry Branstad innovation Iowa issues leadership principals reform schools symposium teachers Teachers in the Classroom technology



blog comments powered by Disqus

Comment Policy

Iowa Public Television encourages conversation and debate around issues, events and ideas related to program topics.

  • The editorial staff of Iowa Public Television reserves the right to take down comments it deems inappropriate.
  • Profanity, personal attacks, off-topic posts, advertisements and spam will not be tolerated.

Find out more about's privacy policy and terms of use.