Being a beginning teacher can be challenging, so working with mentors to develop your instructional skills is a critical part of your first two years of teaching. To support this effort, the state developed the IA-TPA to provide a structured process for using artifacts of practice to enrich the dialogue between you and your mentor. In addition to making you an active participant in your learning, the artifacts will provide a body of evidence of your practice in meeting the Iowa Teaching Standards.
The first 100 teachers to submit a completed portfolio will receive a small stipend for their participation.
Submit one unit
with 2 formative
Develop & implement
Teachers should not have to create new work products for this assessment (excluding the commentaries), but rather leveraging existing artifacts from the instructional processes teachers follow today. All artifacts are submitted as a single portfolio of work.
To participate in the field trial, you will first need to sign up by clicking on the Sign Up to Participate button. Once you have signed up, you will receive an email with information on how to access the Resources page to get the IA-TPA handbook, once the updated version is available. The handbook will contain the details of what you will be asked to do and submit. It is important to read the handbook carefully to understand what is being asked of you. The Resources page will also contain a video tutorial on how to log into the system to upload and submit your portfolio of work.