Thanks to increasingly meaningful teacher evaluations, we know far more than ever about the effectiveness of teachers in public school classrooms. What should states, districts, and schools do with that knowledge? In policy debates, much of the attention has focused on teachers at the “ineffective” end of the spectrum. However, state and district policymakers should instead focus on opportunities for the top 25 percent of teachers. This report, first published for the PIE Network’s Sixth Annual Policy Summit, offers seven strategies for policymakers who are ready to create the policy changes to leverage, reward, retain, and attract excellent teachers.
Pay Teachers More: Financial Planning for Reach Models
Financial Planning Summary
Financial Planning for Elementary Subject Specialization
Financial Planning for Multi-Classroom Leadership
Financial Planning for Time-Technology Swap—Rotation
Financial Planning for Secondary-Level Time-Technology Swap + Multi-Classroom Leadership
The financial planning summary provides an overview of the ways that schools and their teachers can simultaneously reach more students with excellent teaching, expand teachers’ career opportunities, and sustainably fund higher pay and other priorities. The four financial planning briefs provide details and scenarios that illustrate the estimated savings possible under different approaches to the models, the estimated costs to support extended reach of excellent teachers, and the estimated range of possible pay increases for teachers.
Redesigning Schools: Models to Reach Every Student With Excellent Teachers
In the schoolhouse, nothing matters more to students’ learning than their teachers. But only about one of every four U.S. classrooms has an “excellent teacher”—one who produces enough learning progress to close achievement gaps quickly and help all students leap ahead to higher-order learning. What can schools do, now, to reach many more students with excellent teachers year after year and help all teachers improve and contribute to excellence? Schools can “extend the reach” of the top 25 percent of U.S. teachers to more students.
This report, based on the information that appears here on our website, provides brief descriptions of more than 20 school models that extend excellent teachers’ reach by using job redesign, technology, or both. By making the right changes, schools can provide all teachers with career advancement opportunities, and promote collaboration, development, and excellence for every professional. Ten detailed models, available here on our website, further explain how changes in teaching roles, time use, and technology can allow teachers who achieve the best student outcomes to reach more students and help peer teachers produce excellent results, too.
In Fordham’s new book Education Reform for the Digital Era, Bryan C. Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel’s opening chapter proposes that “digital education needs excellent teachers and that a first-rate teaching profession needs digital education.” In the digital future, teacher effectiveness will matter even more than it does today. While the roles of teachers and other adults will change dramatically, what will increasingly differentiate outcomes for schools, states, and nations is how well responsible adults carry out the more complex instructional tasks. At the same time, technology has enormous transformative potential to extend the reach of excellent teachers to vastly more students, to help teaching attract and retain the best, and to boost the effectiveness of average teachers. To realize that promise, though, the nation needs new staffing models, significant policy changes, and a stronger dose of political will to change. Read the chapter here, and watch Bryan Hassel on a webcast of the release event here.
“Technology does not replace a teacher, but rather it empowers teachers and enhances their work.”
This white paper, written in collaboration with Getting Smart and Digital Learning Now!, is the seventh installment of the DLN Smart Series. The paper, executive summary, and accompanying infographic explain how blended learning can help create better teaching conditions and expanded career opportunities for teachers. By eliminating the traditional one-teacher-one-classroom model, blended learning environments allow for more teacher collaboration and more meaningful professional development. Enhanced student data systems improve efficiency, providing more time for personalized learning. Through the use of high-quality education technology, schools can extend the reach of excellent teachers to more students, while at the same time professionalizing the teaching career. The paper also addresses how to remove the policy barriers to blended-learning innovations, and notes that “Core to this is a belief that technology does not replace a teacher, but rather it empowers teachers and enhances their work.”