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ERIC Number: ED539991
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Pay & Career Advancement: A Leader's Guide to Sustainably Funded Excellence. Part of the Opportunity Culture Series
Public Impact
As new evaluation systems begin to enable school and district leaders to identify their excellent teachers, states and school systems are looking ahead to the next step. Leaders ask: Now that we know who our great teachers are, how can we give them the opportunity to take on new roles and advance in their careers? How can we pay them more--ideally a lot more? How can we do this sustainably, so these rewards do not end when a special grant runs out? And how can we design new roles so that students benefit, by gaining access to top teachers? This brief provides answers to these questions. It explains the ways that schools can offer sustainably funded career advancement and higher pay to teachers, while reaching more students with excellent teaching. Research indicates that teachers in approximately the top 25 percent produce well over a year of learning growth. Students who start behind must have that growth to catch up, and it helps all students leap ahead of their beginnings. Schools must expand the impact of these top teachers, and pay them more. How could it be possible to pay great teachers more, but within available budgets? At first glance, the math might not seem to add up. But it can--with new school models that redesign jobs and use technology to extend the reach of excellent teachers to more students. Using these models, schools can increase pay up to 40% for their top teachers and up to 130% for those excellent teachers who work as teacher-leaders, "within available budgets." Schools do not need to increase class sizes, and in some variations, schools may pay "all" teachers more, sustainably. Most of these models also create new roles and collaborative teams that enable all teachers to develop and contribute to excellence. And many models free time during the school day for team planning and development. This brief summarizes: (1) School models for extending the reach of excellent teachers; (2) Career paths that expand the impact and pay of teachers who demonstrate excellence and leadership; (3) The pay increase potential for excellent teachers, and for all teachers pursuing excellence in teams; and (4) The promise of an Opportunity Culture in which excellence leads to more impact, pay, and job options. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Joyce Foundation
Authoring Institution: Public Impact