ERIC Number: ED456116
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching as the Opportunity: The Teacher Advancement Program.
This paper describes the Milken Family Foundation's Teacher Advancement Program (TAP), which was designed to address many of the problems in today's education. TAP uses a systemic approach that builds on five key principles: providing teachers with multiple career paths and opportunities to advance in the profession without having to leave the classroom; providing market-driven compensation rather than lock-step salary structures; maintaining high teacher standards by means of performance based accountability; providing professional growth at the school site throughout the year; and expanding the supply of high quality teachers by providing alternative certification, by making the initial academic degree and teacher certification attainable in 4 years in all states, and by allowing outstanding retired teachers to continue working part time. The paper also includes answers to questions about TAP, and it offers charts and tables with data on: the five TAP principles; the benefits of TAP; TAP implementation; teacher salaries; staff distribution; student distribution; and teacher schedules. (Contains 112 bibliographic references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Alternative Teacher Certification, Career Development, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Performance Based Assessment, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Salaries
Milken Family Foundation, 1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1353. Tel: 310-998-2800. For full text: http://www.mff.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Milken Family Foundation, Santa Monica, CA.
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