Guide to the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) for California School Districts.
The Federal guidelines for the $439 million Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant program have been published, and the deadline for applications is July 6, 2010. Julia E. Koppich has complied the "Guide to the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) for California School Districts." The guide is intended as a resource for districts that plan to apply or are considering applying for a TIF grant in 2010. Even if you are familiar with TIF regulations from previous years, we encourage you to review this guide as program regulations have changed substantially. Click here to view and download a copy of the guide.
New ways of compensating teachers in an era of ferocious budget shortfalls was the topic of discussion for about 400 school superintendents, leaders of teacher organizations and school board members from across California at conferences on March 30-31 in Oakland and Los Angeles.
The conferences were organized by Full Circle Fund, a philanthropic organization in the San Francisco Bay Area and by Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), a nonpartisan and independent research center based at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Southern California (USC) and Stanford University.
Below are some of the presentations and handout materials that were presented at the conference. We will add additional materials, as well as audio and video as they become available.
Pat Pratt-Cook, Human Resources Director, Minneapolis Public Schools
Lynn Nordgren, President, Minneapolis Federation of Teachers
A cooperative effort of the Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, the Alternative Teacher Professional Pay System centers on improving teacher practice, largely through professional development. It offers teachers multiple ways to advance on the salary schedule.
New York City's School-wide Performance Awards Program
Terry Bowman, Senior Director, Labor and Policy Implementation, New York City Public Schools
Susan Amlung, Director of Policy Research, United Federation of Teachers
Launched in November 2007, New York City's school-wide performance award program is a cooperative effort of the school district and the United Federation of Teachers. It focuses on awarding bonuses to groups of teachers in high-need schools based on their students' growth on the state's standardized achievement tests.
Tamara Schiff, Senior Vice-president, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
Tammy Kreuz, Director, Texas TAP Program
Frances McArthur, Associate Superintendent, Bryan Independent School District (Bryan, Texas)
Launched in 1999 by the Milken Family Foundation, the Teacher Advancement Program is now part of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching. Operating in 50 districts and 220 schools, TAP focuses on providing teachers with multiple career paths, ongoing professional growth, instructionally-focused accountability, and performance-based compensation.
David Lussier, Special Assistant to the Superintendent, Austin Independent School District
Louis Malfaro, President, Education Austin
The Austin Independent School District's strategic compensation initiative is known as AISD REACH. The program is aimed at recruiting, retaining, and recognizing excellent teachers and principals. Now in the second year of a planned four-year pilot, ASID REACH is focused on student and professional growth in the highest needs schools. It is supported by collaboration among the district, teachers' union, and business community.
Maribeth Smith, Senior Associate for National School Reform, Community Training and Assistance Center
Daniel Humphrey, Associate Director, Center for Education Policy, SRI International
This session offered practical guidance about designing and evaluating alternative compensation programs. The presenters, who themselves have led compensation design and evaluation initiatives, described what they have learned from their experiences, including how districts and unions can avoid potential pitfalls and methods to smooth the way in designing new compensation programs.
The San Francisco Story: Finding the Money and the Will
Carlos Garcia, Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District
Tony Smith, Deputy Supt., Instruction, Innovation, and Social Justice, SFUSD
Dennis Kelly, President, United Educators of San Francisco
Linda Plack, Vice-President, UESF
Dom Summa, Manager of Negotiations and Organization, California Teachers Association
Marty Hittelman, President, California Federation of Teachers
PACE/USC Rossier Poll shows support for keeping power with local educators and school boards, but not without accountability
Despite calls from Sacramento to reduce standardized testing in California public schools, voters strongly support the use of state standardized tests, both as an essential way to measure student performance and as an important element in teachers’ evaluations, a new PACE/USC Rossier School of Education Poll shows.