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ERIC Number: EJ849817
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1052-8938
Connecting Compensation and Evaluation to Build Professional Development
Morey, Natalie
Horace, v24 n1 Spr 2008
At Maryknoll School in Honolulu, Hawaii, a Coalition of Essential Schools affiliate since 1995, teachers and administrators are continually working on the issue of building capacity for leadership. This has led to implementation of an alternative to the traditional salary scale. The Compensation Committee, made up of teachers, administrators, and school board members, is charged with all matters pertaining to compensation, and has diligently worked for some time now to design a vehicle that is heavily weighted toward the development of teacher leaders and professional growth. Today, as a result of this vehicle, more teachers are reflecting, self-evaluating, and taking responsibility for their own professional growth and learning. More than ten years ago, the school began an investigation into both evaluation practices and a more equitable means of compensating teachers. The school wanted to clarify expectations and further define what a Maryknoll teacher should know and be, in accordance with best practices and the Common Principles. Although most teachers were aware of the direction the committee and school board were headed, at that time, no one on the committee wanted to use the words "merit pay," which evoked a sense of compensation plans used more often in the corporate world. In the educational arena, "merit pay" is sometimes viewed as divisive. As well, at that time, Maryknoll was already undergoing significant change as the result of the decision to affiliate with the Coalition, so serious contemplation of the idea was postponed. In this article, the author describes the plan which was devised after an exhaustive examination of the pros and cons a decade later and implemented in the 2006-2007 school year to compensate teachers differently.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii