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Teacher Pay and Teacher Quality
Attracting, Developing, and Retaining the Best Teachers



April 2006 | 200 pages | Corwin
`This is a good and needed book. I would buy it, and recommend it to a wide range of educators.'

-Kenneth D. Peterson, Professor, Portland State University

`The authors have amassed a tremendous amount of information and assembled it into a very readable book that is an excellent resource.'

-Randel Beaver, Superintendent, Archer City School District, TX

Attract and retain the highest-quality teachers through competitive compensation programs!

While many working in the teaching profession cite intangible rewards as reasons for staying in the profession, concrete rewards such as salary, benefits, and working conditions are inextricably linked to recruiting, motivating, and retaining highly-qualified teachers. This timely text examines the fundamental link between teacher pay and teacher quality as well as the extent to which it is aligned with student achievement.

Existing compensation models are reviewed in order to provide a practical, research-based approach for developing a comprehensive, best-practice teacher compensation system. School administrators can use these synthesized, innovative findings to:

Determine the most practical compensation model for achieving their school's objectives

Examine different pay options used across the country

Connect their school's compensation program to organizational goals

Discover how to attract and retain high-quality teachers

 
Acknowledgments
 
Preface
 
About the Authors
 
1. Attracting, Developing, Retaining – and Paying – Quality Teachers
Examining Motivation: Do Financial Incentives Work in Promoting Teacher Quality?

 
How We Pay Teachers: A Brief History of Teacher Compensation

 
Current Issues and Trends in Teacher Compensation

 
Teacher Pay and Teacher Quality

 
Concluding Thoughts: Where Do We Go From Here?

 
 
2. Teacher Pay and School Purposes: How Do They Relate?
Aligning Teacher Compensation With Organizational Purpose and Direction

 
Moving Forward: Key Considerations for Developing a Compensation System

 
Establishing Criteria: Defining and Measuring Quality

 
Summary: Teacher Compensation in the Big Picture of School Purpose

 
 
3. Competitive Salaries and Benefits: How Do We Stack Up?
How Do Principles of Environmental Scanning Apply to Teacher Compensation Systems?

 
How Can the Competitiveness of Teacher Salaries Be Assessed?

 
How Can Nonsalary Benefits Contribute to a Competitive Salary Package?

 
What Role Can Working Conditions Play in a Competing Market?

 
Summary: Teacher Quality and Competitive Pay

 
 
4. Considering Options for Teacher Pay: What Are the Promising Possibilities?
Single-Salary Schedule

 
Extra Duty/Additional Responsibility Pay

 
Career Ladder

 
Knowledge- and Skills-Based Pay

 
Individual Evaluation Pay

 
Performance-Based Pay

 
Creative Compensation: Other Ways of Recognizing Teacher Quality

 
Summary

 
 
5. Building a Model Teacher Compensation System: What Will Work Best for Us?
Assumptions About Compensation Systems

 
Design Principles: Considerations in Teacher Compensation

 
Designing a Compensation System Aimed at Quality

 
A Component-Parts Approach to Teacher Compensation

 
A Model for Teacher Compensation

 
A Closer Look at the Components of Compensation

 
Compensation and Quality

 
Alternatives to Consider

 
Concluding Thoughts: Designing a Compensation System

 
 
6. From Planning to Implementation: How Do We Make This Change?
Step 1: Develop the Aims and Criteria of the Compensation System

 
Step 2: Select Compensation Components

 
Step 3: Plan for Implementation

 
Step 4: Pilot the Restructured Compensation System

 
Step 5: Districtwide Implementation and Evaluation

 
Concluding Thoughts: Teacher Quality and Teacher Pay

 
 
Endnotes
 
References
 
Index

"The authors have amassed a tremendous amount of information and assembled it into a very readable book that will be an excellent resource."

Randel Beaver
Archer City School District, TX

"This is a good and needed book. I would buy it, and recommend it to a wide range of educators."

Kenneth D. Peterson
Professor, Portland State University

"Makes several noteworthy contributions to current deliberations about how teacher compensation systems might promote the recruitment, retention, and ongoing development of a high-quality teacher workforce."

Teachers College Record, August 2006

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Preface

Chapter 1


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