The CLASS Project is the primary vehicle for school reform from the Chalkboard Project Lebanon has enjoyed a collaborative relationship with this organization since 2009.
CLASS strives to connect the four key components in order to create a district where professional development and collegial work relationships provide the backdrop for excellence!
WHAT IS TIF?
In October Chalkboard, in partnership with seven of the CLASS districts, received a federal Teacher Incentive Fund grant.
What will the TIF grant do?
Chalkboard’s TIF grant, in partnership with Albany, Bend-La Pine, Crook County, Lebanon, Oregon City, Redmond and Salem-Keizer, funds the work of the CLASS Project while expanding the project to meet federal TIF requirements.
In short, TIF regulations will require that participating districts define effective teaching, based in part on multiple measures of student achievement, and then redesign evaluation and compensation to recruit, reward, and retain effective teachers.
Participating districts will have a year to locally design the integration of new career paths, relevant professional development, effective performance evaluations and new compensation models. The new models will include:
Differentiated levels of compensation for effective teachers and principals
Fiscal sustainability of the comprehensive models, including the new compensation systems
Use of value-added measures of student achievement
Increased recruitment and retention of effective teachers to serve high-need students and in hard-to-staff subjects and specialty areas in high-need schools
Will the TIF blueprint process be different than the CLASS blueprint process?
The comprehensive design work that the CLASS districts have already undertaken will provide the foundation for TIF.
While building on the CLASS process, the TIF blueprints will be framed a bit differently. In order to meet the federal requirements, districts will have to design the four components of CLASS (career paths, eval, PD, and compensation) in ways that specifically address the TIF priorities mentioned above, including: developing a definition or definitions of teacher/principal effectiveness; developing new compensation models that take effectiveness into account; and increasing the recruitment and retention of highly effective teachers in high-need schools and subjects.
Check out the VIDEO from Chalkboard that gives an overview of CLASS and TIF
Please go the tabs above to see the documents associated with TIF from our work in Lebanon!