Category Archives: Rewarding Great Teaching

Other Deficiencies of the Single Salary Schedule

I recently wrote about the misalignment of the step and lane single salary schedule with student outcomes.    I also wrote about the historical reasons for the single salary schedule, and noted that it brought about positive change in the early 1900s.

In our current day and age, we know that attracting, rewarding, and retaining Great Teachers is critical if we want to have great schools.   In today’s post we will look at four talent challenges that school systems face.  And we see how a single salary schedule gets in the way of addressing those challenges. Continue reading

Are Board Certified Teachers Highly Effective?

For the past month, I have been writing about Rewarding Great Teaching.  How do we attract, develop, retain and especially reward Great Teachers?  (See my series intro here.)

The step and lane pay system rewards masters degrees and experience.  But research in the last 15 years has repeatedly shown that neither additional degrees nor more years of experience (beyond the first 5) lead to greater student achievement.    So if we want to financially reward Great Teachers , step and lane is not the answer.   Perhaps there is a different credential that does reliably signal high quality teaching?  Continue reading

Why Pay More for Experience and Advanced Degrees?

Incentives are a powerful motivator of human behavior.  And because they are so powerful, we both use and encounter incentives almost daily.  Our email in-boxes are filled with incentives to shop right now (“save 50% today only”).  Governments have established “sin taxes” to discourage the use of alcohol and tobacco.   And as parents we use all kinds of incentives to encourage the right behavior in our children (not all of which are effective!) Continue reading

New Series: Rewarding Great Teaching

We intuitively know that teachers have a huge influence on student achievement.  Every day it is teachers who are with our students bringing order to the day, delivering lessons, stimulating learning, modeling learning behaviors, and personalizing instruction to each child’s needs. Great teachers engage their students, excite them about learning, and deliver content in interesting ways. Students are changed by great teaching – their curiosity is activated, they engage more deeply with the material, and they make connections between their prior experiences and what is being taught. The result is more learning, more growth, and higher academic achievement.

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