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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Rewarding teachers for their professional growth

Bend-La Pine Schools are in the middle of a game-changing pilot program that overhauls the way teachers are paid—compensating them based on their professional growth instead of number of years on the job and college credits.

Changing the status quo is never simple, but Bend-La Pine’s effort shows a willingness to try something new. “Building the plane while we’re flying it,” is the recurring metaphor both proponents and skeptics use to describe the work underway.

  • Staffing
  • Student Success
  • Educator Workforce
  • Compensation
  • Quality Educators
Teacher standing at front of class
Apr 14 2016

Connecting professional learning and leadership to improved student outcomes

The recent release of our final report about the federally funded Teacher Incentive Fund and the statewide news coverage last week re-opened the subject of teacher performance pay. Most readers likely came away with the impression that TIF’s focus was solely on performance pay and failed to make a lasting impact. Chalkboard would like to share the full story.

  • Educator Workforce
  • Career Pathways
  • Compensation
  • Quality Educators
Aug 30 2012

The challenges of contract negotiations

As a former East County educator, I struggled watching the rancor between districts and unions in Reynolds, Parkrose, and Gresham-Barlow this past spring during teacher contract negotiations. Having friends on both sides, it was challenging to see each district struggle to balance competing demands. Hopefully, in all three cases, the beginning of this year will afford enough respite to focus attention on academic tasks and rebuilding frayed relationships.

  • Finance and Accountability
  • Compensation
Sep 18 2012

South Lane School District pursues TIF 4

South Lane School District’s decision to pursue a Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant from the U.S. Department of Education was really a “no brainer.” The district has anchored their key improvement efforts around the CLASS Project and the four blueprint areas.

  • Compensation

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