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Milanowski, Anthony; Finster, Matthew – Teacher Incentive Fund, US Department of Education, 2016
This brief outlines some simple methods that Teacher Incentive Fund grants could add to their local evaluations to find out how well they are promoting attainment of the four overall TIF goals. The methods described in this brief can help grantees determine if they are moving toward improving effectiveness, student achievement, and equity.…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Incentives, Grants, Compensation (Remuneration)
Finster, Matthew – Teacher Incentive Fund, US Department of Education, 2016
Federal initiatives, such as the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF), encourage school districts to develop teacher leadership (TL) roles and use funds to provide incentives for teachers to fill them. Before starting a teacher leader program, school districts should assess whether their current conditions are favorable to implementing teacher leader…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, School Districts, Readiness, Federal Programs
Teacher Incentive Fund, US Department of Education, 2016
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) expects all Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grantees to conduct an evaluation of their programs. Experience with earlier rounds of TIF grants has shown that evaluations can provide valuable information for managing and improving TIF-supported activities, as well as evidence that these activities have had a…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Questioning Techniques, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis
Heneman, Herbert G., III; Milanowski, Anthony; Finster, Matthew – Teacher Incentive Fund, US Department of Education, 2016
The past several years have seen a growing interest in, and adoption of, Teacher Leader (TL) programs throughout the country and among TIF 4 grantees. Often, these programs have been embedded within large- scale career ladder compensation systems. Several recent writings describe this recent growth surge, design issues in the creation of a total…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Guidelines, Administrative Principles, Instructional Improvement
Fermanich, Mark; Carl, Brad; Finster, Matthew – Teacher Incentive Fund, US Department of Education, 2015
This brief explores the costs of developing and implementing Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) in order to help Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grantees interested in adopting SLOs anticipate and understand the costs of implementing them in a district or school. The brief focuses on the costs involved with the initial design and implementation of an…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Costs, Program Development, Program Implementation
Kimball, Steven M.; Arrigoni, Jessica; Clifford, Matthew; Yoder, Maureen; Milanowski, Anthony – Teacher Incentive Fund, US Department of Education, 2015
Research demonstrating principals' impact on student learning outcomes has fueled the shift from principals as facilities managers to an emphasis on instructional leadership (Hallinger & Heck, 1996; Leithwood, Louis, Anderson, & Wahlstrom, 2004; Marzano, Waters, & McNulty, 2005). Principals are under increasing pressure to carry out…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Evaluation, Administrator Role, Instructional Leadership
Kraemer, Sara; Milanowski, Anthony; Scott, Jenna; Adrien, Richard; Fairbairn, Shane; Bourn, Ronda; Hill, Marsha – Teacher Incentive Fund, US Department of Education, 2015
The Department of Education's Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) 4 program represents a programmatic shift away from educator compensation reform as the primary lever of change for teacher performance and student learning. The TIF 4 program is designed to encourage the use of educator effectiveness measures to support the strategic instructional vision…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Human Capital, Management Systems, Systems Development
Milanowski, Anthony; Heneman, Herbert G., III; Finster, Matthew – Teacher Incentive Fund, US Department of Education, 2015
This case study describes the peer evaluation system the Maricopa County Educational Services Agency (MCESA) is using in the districts participating in its Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) 3 and 4 grants. Maricopa County's TIF districts cover much of the Phoenix, Arizona, metropolitan area. Including both TIF 3 and 4 cohorts, 12 districts with a total…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Teacher Evaluation, Case Studies, Teacher Salaries
Pyatigorsky, Mikhail; Heneman, Herb; Steele, Clarissa; Finster, Matthew; Milanowski, Tony – Teacher Incentive Fund, US Department of Education, 2015
Some Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grantees are experimenting with the design and operation of teacher leader (TL) programs as part of their performance-based compensation systems (PBCS). Much of the impetus for this is the U.S Department of Education TIF 4 requirement that grantees' PBCS should provide for "additional responsibilities and…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Teacher Salaries, Incentives, Merit Pay
Finster, Matthew – Teacher Incentive Fund, US Department of Education, 2015
Having a well-qualified, effective teacher in every classroom is a cornerstone of current educational reforms. Clearly, retaining these effective teachers is critical to achieving this goal. This brief presents a strategic accountability approach to managing teacher talent retention and turnover. The brief begins with an overview of a strategic…
Descriptors: Identification, Progress Monitoring, Benchmarking, Teacher Persistence
Finster, Matthew – Teacher Incentive Fund, US Department of Education, 2015
To effectively address teacher turnover, Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grantees need to follow an approach that entails aligning the tracking, diagnosing, and intervening processes. Unfortunately, too often retention strategies are implemented without regard to the various types of teacher turnover and specific data about the causes of turnover.…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Faculty Mobility, Labor Turnover, Incentive Grants
Behrstock-Sherratt, Ellen; Jacques, Catherine – Teacher Incentive Fund, US Department of Education, 2012
This brief provides district and other educational leaders with research-based information on aligning professional development policies with teacher evaluations to drive more comprehensive human capital management. First, this brief describes an aligned evaluation and professional development system. Next, it discusses existing models and…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Human Capital, Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Methods