New DE Director Named [updated]

Updated: Jennifer Hemmingsen at The Gazette has a column discussing the challenges ahead for new DE Director Brad Buck.  Add to the list improving early reading instruction, moving ahead without either an NCLB waiver or ESEA reauthorization, push back against the Common Core, and the school start date rules plus the assessment task force and CBE . . . .

Governor Branstad announced the selection of Brad Buck as the new director of the Iowa Department of Education today.

Buck has served as the Superintendent of Saydel Community Schools since July 2011, where he worked on the implementation of a 1:1 laptop initiative and TAP TM, the System for Teacher and Student Advancement, which was featured at the 2012 Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium.  Buck has also served on a C4K work team since July 2012.

Buck has served in a various administrative positions since August 1997.  Prior to that, he was a middle school science teacher.

All signs point towards staying the course on Branstad’s education reform efforts rather than charting a new direction.

Buck will start no later than September 1st.

You can follow the prospective Director on Twitter at @DrBradBuck.