Iowa - Educator Professional Growth and Development: Professional Development

Professional Development
Policy Type: 

Districts in Iowa are required to have a professional development program that includes components of instruction, evaluation, and meets the needs of individual educators.


1. The department shall coordinate a statewide network of professional development for Iowa teachers. A school district or professional development provider that offers a professional development program in accordance with section 256.9, subsection 42, shall demonstrate that the program contains the following:
a. Support that meets the professional development needs of individual teachers and is aligned with the Iowa teaching standards.
b. Research-based instructional strategies aligned with the school district’s student achievement needs and the long-range improvement goals established by the district.
c. Instructional improvement components including student achievement data, analysis, theory, classroom demonstration and practice, technology integration, observation, reflection, and peer coaching.
d. An evaluation component that documents the improvement in instructional practice and the effect on student learning

Adopting Authority: 
State Department of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
Last Verified by NASBE: 
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