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The Milken Family Foundation's Teacher Advancement Program is based on five principles aimed at creating new opportunities for teachers and at heightening accountability.

  • Multiple Career Paths: New avenues of career advancement are provided so that those with exemplary skills may be given new leadership roles in which they can help develop the skills of their colleagues.
  • Market-Driven Compensation: Teachers are paid based on their performance in the classroom and on the results seen in their students, instead of solely on years of experience and education.
  • Performance-Based Accountability: Teachers are evaluated and promoted based on how they measure up against agreed-upon standards for what they should know and be able to do.
  • Ongoing, Applied Professional Growth: Teachers are given ample time, on a regular basis, to work collaboratively with others on ways to improve their instruction.
  • Expanded Supply of High-Quality Teachers: Alternative-licensure programs are established to attract more nontraditional teaching candidates. At the school level, Milken suggests creating part-time teaching positions for retired teachers wanting to return to the profession and for professionals from other fields interested in teaching occasional courses.

Vol. 20, Issue 16, Page 50

Published in Print: January 10, 2001, as Principles at Work
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