ERIC Number: ED251329
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Finding--And Keeping--Good Math and Science Teachers. Clinic E-81.
Carl, Iris M.
Data on the shortage of qualified teachers of mathematics and science are first reported in this speech to the National School Boards Association, with information from a number of sources cited. Then the innovative recruitment and incentive plan of the Houston Independent School District to attract and hold qualified teachers is detailed. (1) Interviews were conducted on college campuses, at professional meetings, and in urban centers in 42 states and Puerto Rico. (2) Teachers' personnel files were reviewed to identify teachers within the system not teaching mathematics or science, but with credits in those subjects. As a result of Project Search, 50 teachers were selected from over 300 possibilities for retraining as mathematics and science teachers. (3) A differential salary structure, the Houston Second Mile Plan, is in place, with mathematics and science teachers who quality receiving $2000 as an annual stipend. For all teachers, the starting salary has been raised, and the salary schedule compressed from 15 steps to 10 steps. Incentive pay is also given for high priority location, professional growth, outstanding teacher attendance, outstanding educational progress, and unique campus assignment, in addition to the critical staff shortage category. (MNS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Houston Independent School District, TX.
Identifiers: Second Mile Plan; Texas (Houston)