Monthly Archives: March 2009

Alternative Teacher Compensation – A Primer

A new PACE Working Paper has been released in conjunction with our Learning About New Forms of Teacher Compensation Conference on March 30 and 31, 2009. Written by Julie Koppich and Jessica Rigby, this policy primer is designed to provide baseline information about new forms of teacher pay that are emerging around the country, to support the local conversations and negotiations that will lead to the development of innovative compensation systems. It identifies reasons why teacher compensation is high on local, state, and federal policy agendas, describes some of the new pay programs that have been implemented, and offers an initial analysis of what we are learning from these various and diverse pay experiments.

Alternative Compensation Conference Webcast

update: video archives of the conference will be available soon, so stay tuned!

PACE and Full Circle Fund’s “Learning About New Forms of Teacher Compensation” conference is taking place Monday in Oakland and Tuesday in Los Angeles (see this for more information).

On Tuesday, March 31, 2009, beginning at 9:00 a.m. PST, you can watch the conference live, and join local, state and national educators, policy makers and more for a compelling and timely all-day discussion about new ways to look at teacher pay.

See the Program below to choose which Rooms you would like to tune in to by Webcast:


9:00-9:15 Welcomes – Embassy room Via Webcast:
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David Plank, Executive Director, Policy Analysis for California Education
Ramon Cortines, Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
Karen Symms-Gallagher, Dean, Rossier School of Education, USC
Senator Gloria Romero, Chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Education

9:15-9:45 “Starting to Think About the Big Questions”
– Embassy room
Jeff Camp, The Full Circle Fund

9:45-10:30 “Making Performance-Based Pay Work: Lessons from Denver’s ProComp”
Embassy room
Brad Jupp, Senior Academic Policy Advisor, Denver Public Schools
Introduced by: Julia Koppich, J. Koppich & Associates

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Breakout Sessions

• Alternative Compensation in Minneapolis
Alumni room (Not Available by Webcast)

Pat Pratt-Cook, Human Resources Director, Minneapolis Public Schools
Lynn Nordgren, President, Minneapolis Federation of Teachers
Moderator: Julia Koppich, J. Koppich & Associates

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
Board room Via Webcast:

Terry Bowman, Senior Director, Labor and Policy Implementation, New York City Public Schools
Susan Amlung, Director of Policy Research, United Federation of Teachers
Moderator: Susanna Loeb, Stanford University and PACE

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.

• The Teacher Advancement Program (TAP)
Cardinal and Gold room Via Webcast:

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)
Moderator: Jeff Camp, The Full Circle Fund

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.

• Strategic Teacher Compensation in Austin
Club room – A Via Webcast: 1:15- 2:30 p.m. ONLY:

David Lussier, Special Assistant to the Superintendent, Austin Independent School District
Louis Malfaro, President, Education Austin
Moderator: Steve Dodson, The Full Circle Fund

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.

• Program Design and Evaluation
Club room – B (Not available by Webcast)

Maribeth Smith, Senior Associate for National School Reform, Community Training and Assistance Center
Daniel Humphrey, Associate Director, Center for Education Policy, SRI International
Moderator: Dominic Brewer, University of Southern California and PACE

This session will offer practical guidance about designing and evaluating alternative compensation programs. The presenters, who themselves have led compensation design and evaluation initiatives, will describe 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.

12:00-1:00 Lunch – Embassy room Via Webcast:
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Lunch speaker: Dan Katzir, Managing Director, The Broad Foundation – Embassy room
“The Foundation Community and New Forms of Teacher Compensation”
Introduced by: Dominic Brewer, University of Southern California and PACE

1:15-2:30 Repeat of Breakout Sessions

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 “The San Francisco Story: Finding the Money and the Will”
Embassy room Via Webcast:
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Carlos Garcia, Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District
Myong Leigh, Deputy Supt., Policy and Operations, SFUSD
Dennis Kelly, President, United Educators of San Francisco
Dom Summa, Manager of Negotiations and Organization, California Teachers Association
Marty Hittelman, President, California Federation of Teachers
Moderator: Natasha Hoehn, Executive Director, Silver Giving Foundation

4:00-4:20 Summing Up the Day – Embassy room
Susanna Loeb, Professor, Stanford University and PACE
Introduced by: David Plank, Executive Director, PACE

4:20-4:30 Next Steps – Embassy room
Jeff Camp, The Full Circle Fund
David Plank, Executive Director, PACE

For more information about this event, please click here.

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March 20, 2009 Seminar Podcast

pace seminarAn audio broadcast of our recent seminar “Making Policy Matter: Why Have Accountability and Assessment Policies Failed to Close the Equity Gaps in Higher Education?” featuring Estela Mara Bensimon and Alicia C. Dowd from the University of Southern California, is now available. Although policy makers have been talking about and drafting policies to address inequities in student higher education experiences and outcomes for decades, problems of racial-ethnic inequities have proven to be intractable under current accountability and assessment policies. Bensimon and Dowd, co-directors of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California, discussed research findings from college sites in California and Wisconsin that are using their multi-disciplined approach and tools to help policymakers, leaders, and practitioners make sense of accountability data from the perspective of equity for racial and ethnic minority students.The speakers were introduced by PACE’s Executive Director David N. Plank.

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