Teacher Leadership

June 25, 2019

Benton Community is hosting our third annual EdCamp! Our vision is to have a Teacher Leadership focus, however, this is NOT only limited to educators who are in teacher leadership positions. We have confirmed that Dr. Ryan Wise, Deputy Director at the Iowa Department of Education, will again be welcoming us at our event and participating in the day's learning.

Benton Community is in planning for our sixth year of implementation of Teacher Leadership through Iowa's Teacher Leadership and Compensation Grant. We have a lot to share, but we also know there are others out there who can contribute to allow us to learn, share, and grow together!

Registration is limited to the first 175 participants. The cost is FREE. We will have lunch available for $10 per person - this includes snacks and drinks throughout the day as well as lunch. We have confirmed Mount Mercy University will again be offering one hour of credit to interested participants. More information on getting registered for the graduate credit will be coming soon.


Tuesday, June 25th, 9am

600 1st Avenue

Van Horne, IA

8:30 am to 9:00 am - Registration

9:00 am to 9:45 am - Welcome and initial planning
9:50 am to 10:35 am - Session 1
10:40 am to 11:25 am - Session 2
11:30 am to 12:15 pm - Session 3
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm - Lunch & snacks (available for $10)
1:00 pm to 1:45 pm - Session 4
1:50 pm to 2:35 pm - Session 5

2:40 pm to 3:00 pm - Wrap-Up (What did we learn? What next?)

Dress is casual. Wear whatever's comfy. Registration is free. Internet access will be provided. We have an organization taking care of providing an option for lunch. This will be $10 per person (cash or check). Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Benton County Food Bank.

Questions? Contact:


What is Edcamp?

EdCamp sessions are NOT 'sit and get' presentations. EdCamps are about discussion and thinking and problem-solving. We build the agenda first thing in the morning and then spend the rest of the day talking, sharing, and learning. Come prepared to participate!

Do some of the questions below resonate with you? If so, then you are a prime candidate for #BCedcamp. Join us for what may be your most powerful day of learning all year!

  • How can we create an awesome TLC System in our district?
  • How can Instructional Coaches be best utilized in the TLC system?
  • We got the grant, where do we go from here?
  • What comes first - the coaching cycle or the relationship?
  • How do we build relationships?
  • Where is the data?
  • What would we go back and change in our TLC implementation of year 1 or 2?
  • How can we make TLC get to the root of student learning?
  • How does an administrator support the TLC system?
  • What is a PLN?
  • How does PD align with individual teaching goals?
  • What are some great learning technologies for students in math (or PE/science/...)?
  • What is getting in the way of us changing faster? How can we keep from feeling overwhelmed all of the time?
  • What if we didn't ignore that most of the time students are bored?
  • How can we take better advantage of our new digital learning spaces to improve professional development?
  • How can we better learn from other educators and schools?
  • Do students still need to memorize anything?
  • How can we make standards-based grading work in MY school?
  • What might school look like if students were in charge of teaching at least 20% of the time?
  • What are better ways to involve our parents and community with our students?
  • Do we really need grades?
  • What is social media?
  • Technology? Yes please!
  • and many, many more...