Showing posts with label Teacher Pay. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Teacher Pay. Show all posts

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Certification Map - State by State Requirements

Certification Map is a good resource for US pre-service teachers and or teachers looking to teach in a different state. Certification Map is a product of the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. Certification Map provides state by state teacher certification requirements. I checked the information provided by Certification Map regarding Maine's (where I teach) requirements against the state of Maine's Department of Education's requirements and found that Certification Map was accurate.

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In addition to teacher certification requirements, Certification Map provides a listing of average teacher salaries by state. This information may be of interest to college students currently enrolled in a teacher training program and considering where they would like to teach upon graduation.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Higher Teacher Pay Leads to Better Education?

Elissa Gootman has an article in today's New York Times about a charter school in New York that plans to pay its teachers $125,000 while paying administrator's $90,000. The idea for the school comes from Zeke Vanderhoek who built a very successful test prep/ tutoring company that paid its tutors $100/ hr. Vanderhoek believes that putting more resources into personnel will attract better teachers leading to improved student achievement. Here's a quote from Mr. Vanderhoek defending his idea, “I would much rather put a phenomenal, great teacher in a field with 30 kids and nothing else than take the mediocre teacher and give them half the number of students and give them all the technology in the world.” Read the full article here.

The article makes a fairly good case for higher teacher pay. The shortcomings of the plan are a limited number of electives, a high student to teacher ratio, and limited technology spending. The limited technology spending is particularly troubling. How does the school teach students 21st century skills if it lacks the technology of the 21st century? The plan also excludes all but the top tier of students thereby creating classes of schools based on the desirability of students. How does Mr. Vanderhoek plan to attract teachers to schools filled with less desirable students? Will he pay the teachers at those schools even more money?

What do you think of this idea? Does Mr. Vanderhoek's plan have a chance of working?