A Better Way To Pay
The Teacher Compensation Project, directed by Allan Odden, is studying the effects of alternative approaches to teacher compensation, including the design, implementation, and impact of knowledge- and skill-based pay and school-based performance awards.
As part of the project's dissemination activities, Mr. Odden, a prominent expert in school finance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, conducts design seminars with states and districts to share the project's research findings. He also provides technical assistance to some districts and has formed a partnership with the Teacher Union Reform Network to put some of his ideas into practice. The ground rule: Both union and management must want to work together on compensation issues. The project also holds conferences.
The project has produced numerous papers and studies on management theories about compensation, the history of teachers' pay, and case studies of states and districts that are changing teachers' pay. Last year, Mr. Odden and Carolyn Kelley, a researcher with the project, published Paying Teachers for What They Know and Do: New and Smarter Compensation Strategies to Improve Schools (Corwin Press Inc.).
More information is available on the project's extensive World Wide Web site, including background on teacher compensation, a description and history of the project, examples of state and local teacher-compensation reform initiatives, related publications, and additional resources. The Web address is: www.wcer.wisc.edu/cpre/teachercomp.