Partial Days and PD
One of the State Board of Education’s 2013 legislative priorities centers around strengthening the 180-day calendar.
With the loss of state professional development funding, many districts are adjusting their calendars, replacing full-day instruction with partial or half days. The use of half-days for professional development directly supports quality teaching, but comes at the cost of learning time for our students. In this video, Executive Ben Rarick provides an overview of the State Board of Education’s drive to reinstate statewide professional development funding in order to maximize instructional time. Continue reading »
Teacher Compensation – “Bumps”
Apropos to our discussion at the Board meeting on teacher compensation there is an article co-authored by UW’s Marguerite Roza (link below) that makes the case that there is currently a national imbalance between the amount of money we spend subsidizing masters degrees, and the effect those masters degrees have on the quality of instruction in classrooms. I commend it for your read. But I want to add another dimension I think the article missed (or more likely, just didn’t explicitly address), and that is the effect of ‘credit’ bumps. Indeed, as you will see in the chart I have inserted below, most of the pay subsidy in this state is not associated with degrees at all. Its associated with credits.
What you see below is a two-part chart. To the left, you have the actual state teacher salary guide (I have struck through the BA+135 column for this analysis because although certain teachers were grandfathered in, the state doesn’t utilize that step going forward). To the right, you have some analysis I have provided. The numbers to the right show how much each step is worth in dollars, and then the total compensation bump between degrees. And at the very bottom, you will see I have inserted a line showing “average pay bump, by step” Continue reading »