Proposed 3 Year Pilot Project: Project IGNITE
Inspiring Growth & New Instructional Techniques by Elevating Effective Educators
WILL: (1) Increase student performance by (2) improving instructional practice, by (3) leveraging the current teacher evaluation system to (a) elevate effective educators (b) create advanced roles for master teachers, and (c) ease the administrative burden on principals while (4) providing low cost, highly relevant professional development opportunities for all teachers in affected schools.
Teaching methods need to evolve, quickly, and many of our teachers are meeting that challenge. Unfortunately, few of our best teachers are recognized for their innovation and their colleagues remain unaware of what they are doing and why it is effective. Meanwhile, school administrators are staggering under the administrative burdens of the current teacher evaluation system.
This pilot program will allow half of the small, medium, large and extra-large school districts in the state to receive funding so 10% of the teachers in that district can participate in this 3 year pilot program. Selection of specific schools for participation in the pilot will be at the discretion of the district Superintendent.
At participating schools, teachers with 5 years of experience and “accomplished” ratings on 6 and “distinguished” on 2 of the 8 elements of Standard IV, plus one qualifying additional data measure (student surveys or EVAAS data) will apply to be recognized as master teachers. As master teachers they will:
The pilot would require funding for substitute teachers the two days master and non-master teachers are engaged in learning rounds, plus stipends, plus funding for a research organization to administer and evaluate the program.
Based on ADM
|# of Districts
|Avg # of Teachers
|10% of that average||# of Districts that could be selected||Approx.. # of Teachers affected|
The total # of teachers times the avg. daily substitute rate (91.50 x 2 for 2 days of learning rounds) = $1,050,786 x 3 years = 3, 152, 358 + $300,000 for admin / evaluation + stipends for 10% = $5,174,958 TOTAL
$1,724,986 Per Year
version 4.0 – updated 1/23/18