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TNTP Re-imagine Teaching

Is Teaching Undervalued Because It’s “Women’s Work”?

We can’t afford to ignore education’s entrenched sexism any longer—women’s capabilities are undervalued, and the highest-paid positions are disproportionally held by men.

Amanda Kocon

How Newark is Paying Great Teachers What They’re Worth

During Cami Anderson's tenure as superintendent of Newark Public Schools, the district overhauled it's compensation system and retained 95 percent of their top teachers. How did they do it?

Heather Barondess

The Future of Teacher Pensions

The financial woes of teacher pensions make headlines these days, but more troubling is that they may not be providing attractive retirement benefits for today’s teachers. In 16 states, charter schools can opt out of state retirement plans. We looked at seven to find out what they did instead.

Elizabeth Ettema

How Much For That Master’s Degree?

Rather than awarding automatic pay bumps to teachers with master's degrees, school districts need more flexibility to pay their teachers for the factors that really affect student learning.

Heather Barondess

A Profession for My Generation

In this op-ed for the Commercial Appeal, a Memphis teacher reflects on the features his peers are looking for in their careers and argues that it's time to evolve the teaching profession, especially compensation systems and career pathways, to meet those needs.

Jonathan Alfuth

States Are Part of the Teacher Pay Problem

Teacher pay is determined at the district level, but states contribute to the problem, too—whether by enshrining lockstep pay in laws and regulations or just staying silent on the matter. Here are three steps state leaders can take to help districts build smarter compensation systems that truly pay great teachers what they're worth.

Berrick Abramson

Bigger Paychecks for Better Teachers

In this New York Daily News op-ed, teacher and Educators 4 Excellence member Chris Fazio responds to Shortchanged and writes that it's time to change how we pay teachers to retain and reward our best.

Chris Fazio

The Truth About Teacher Pay

Conversations about teacher compensation tend to be filled with misunderstandings and misinformation. Following on the heels of our new paper, Shortchanged, we tackle some of the most common myths about performance-based teacher pay.

The Price of Great Teaching

Our new paper, Shortchanged: The Hidden Costs of Lockstep Teacher Pay, exposes the problems with how we pay teachers in this country, and offers principles for paying our best teachers more—and differently—to give great teaching the value it deserves.

Amanda Kocon

10 Awards for Great Teachers

We believe it's essential to recognize the work of our nation's best teachers, and we know we're not alone. Here are 10 of our favorite awards and fellowships that seek to celebrate great teaching and amplify the voices of practicing educators across the country.

Editorial Staff

Millennials to Teaching Profession: Shape Up

At a time when new teachers are badly needed, outdated policies and low standards are taking a toll on young people's perceptions of the profession. It's time to raise the bar for entering the classroom and professionalize teaching.

Lesley Guggenheim

North Carolina, Your Teachers Are Worth More

North Carolina is enacting bold reforms that have the potential to reshape the teaching profession there. But these policy changes need to be accompanied by a strong focus on retaining and rewarding high-performing teachers to truly move the profession forward.

Amanda Kocon

The Best Teachers Money Might Not Buy

The Talent Transfer Initiative experimented with using cash awards to attract high-performing teachers to low-performing schools. The results showed that while compensation can help, other factors, like school culture, may matter more.

Emma Cartwright

Ending the Teacher Hostage Crisis

For decades, the teaching profession has relied on a work now, pay later system: low salaries up front, based on promised raises for sticking around and eventual pension payouts. In the face of unfunded pension liabilities, this is an increasingly bad deal for teachers.

Amanda Kocon

What Would a Real Teaching Career Look Like?

In most places, the only upward mobility for teachers is to move into administration. It's high time to create a new teaching profession, where the bar to advance is high, but the opportunities to build and grow are plentiful–without leaving the classroom behind.

Amanda Kocon

They’re Teachers, Not Missionaries

The assertion that teachers do not go into the profession “for the money,” assumes that they are not like other professionals. And it prevents us from creating the kind of profession that will attract and retain high performers.

Amanda Kocon