On Performance, a new Ed Week blog, has been launched by Justin Baeder, a Seattle principal and a doctoral student studying principal performance and productivity at the University of Washington.
Baeder supports meaningful career ladders for teachers and principals.
In no other highly skilled profession is advancement based solely on seniority; my friends in the software industry are eligible to apply for promotions (e.g. to Lead Engineer I, Lead Engineer II, etc.) when they have developed a track record of excellence.
A limited number of skilled teachers should qualify for substantial raises, Baeder writes. Teachers working at high-need schools and perhaps teachers with hard-to-find skills should earn more. But, teachers may have to give up job security, pensions and other perks that are common in the teaching profession but increasingly rare in other sectors,” he writes. “Unless new funding materializes, career ladders will probably have to be funded at the expense of the existing seniority- and credits-based compensation system.”