First Steps

What School Systems Can Do Right Now to Improve Teacher Compensation and Career Path

Stephen Frank, Karen Baroody, and Jeff Gordon, July 2013

This paper explores four steps districts can take now for sustained impact on teacher effectiveness. We define First Steps as actions which:

  • Have a positive impact on student outcomes
  • Can be implemented within a year
  • Can be implemented within existing collective bargaining agreements or are likely to have broad support
  • Require little or no new investment, or are budget neutral when implemented in combination
  • Build toward a new vision of a teacher compensation and career path system that can attract, retain, and leverage the skills of a highly effective teaching force

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This brief is part of a series of publications and tools devoted to Teacher Compensation and Career Path. The rest include:

First Steps