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					A-PATH
 Accomplished teaching pathway




        January 2009
                                                           A-PATH

Accomplished Teaching Pathway, or A-PATH, seeks                 At minimum, these systems must assess:
to achieve enhanced student outcomes through an                 1. Student growth in those competencies identified by
innovative and systemic change in the way Wisconsin                 the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. (See
pays its teachers.                                                  resources.)
                                                                2. Graduation rates.
Initially manifested in state-funded pilot programs, A-         3. Student and parent satisfaction.
PATH represents a dramatic departure from the                   4. Rates of teacher attraction.
traditional salary schedule, replacing the single salary        5. Rates of teacher retention.
schedule with career path alternatives that strive to           6. Participation rates in action research.
achieve four main objectives, all structured to improve         7. Participation rates in teacher leadership.
student performance:                                            8. Participation rates in professional development.
1. To attract highly talented people into the profession        9. School climate and culture.
     of teaching.                                               10. Administrator participation in training.
2. To retain that talent.
3. To improve the teaching skills and knowledge of the          Organizational Standards
     state’s teachers.                                          Each successful grant application will have satisfied all
4. To add to the collective body of knowledge about             four organizational standards:
     effective teaching practices.                              1. Applications must be jointly submitted by the local
                                                                    school district and its education association.
Funded by state grant awards, A-PATH pilot programs             2. Each A-PATH plan must be locally bargained with
will be locally designed under parameters established by            active participation of the local’s teacher union and
law. These programs will be administered by the                     high-level District Administration.
Department of Public Instruction through Oversight and          3. Building administrator training and support systems
Accountability Committees assigned to each district.                must be designed with clearly delineated
                                                                    implementation plans.
Oversight and Accountability Committees                         4. In the event that A-PATH funding ultimately
The DPI shall assign an Oversight and Accountability                evaporates, an exit strategy and plan must be
Committee to each A-PATH participating district. Each               established, ensuring an orderly transition back to
committee shall be comprised of parents, community                  pre-A-PATH implementation.
leaders, expert K-12 practitioners, and representatives
from the University of Wisconsin system, DPI, CESA,
WTCS, WASDA, WEAC, and WASB.                                    Structural Standards
                                                                Each successful grant application will have satisfied all
These committees will be charged with:                          seven structural standards:
1. Monitoring the progress of the participating district.       1. Provides pay advancement based on specific
2. Overseeing the ongoing assessment of the system’s               professional growth and learning tied to classroom
   impact.                                                         objectives and school mission.
3. Communicating progress and findings to the DPI and           2. Establishes a teacher residency program.
   Governor.                                                    3. Establishes a significantly elevated entry level
4. Assigning a DPI staff contact person to the                     salary. In most Wisconsin districts, this entry level
   participating district. This staff person shall serve as        salary will be at least $40,000 for those teachers
   the district’s primary resource for assistance and              who have successfully completed residency.
   support.                                                     4. Establishes a career ladder with rungs for Initial,
                                                                   Professional, and Master Educators, consistent with
The Department of Public Instruction will seek to fund             PI 34 parameters.
successful pilot A-PATH programs in small, medium, and          5. Establishes specific market incentives that
large school districts representing rural, suburban, and           encourage veteran educators to teach in hard-to-
urban parts of the state.                                          serve and hard-to-fill positions.
                                                                6. Creates systems designed to enhance the collective
Successful A-PATH Applications                                     body of knowledge about effective teaching
Successful grant applications to the Department of                 practices.
Public Instruction must satisfy specific accountability,        7. Identifies and rewards specific teacher leadership
organizational, and structural standards.                          positions. (See resources.)

Accountability Standards                                        While each locally negotiated system will be consistent
Each successful grant application will identify specific        with the state established standards, each will be unique
assessment systems designed to determine the impact             in design. The following is an example of a successful A-
of the A-PATH plan. These assessment systems shall              PATH plan. The example was created for a District with
generate impact data to help participating districts            a pre-A-PATH starting salary of about $30,000 and a
modify and improve the A-PATH plan and longitudinal             maximum salary of about $60,000.
data to help the DPI and legislature determine the
effectiveness of each A-PATH plan.
                                              Residency
                                         Entrance Criterion
                                       Initial Educator License
                                                Salary
                                                $35,000
                                        Professional Duties
                                         50% Teaching Load
                                  50% Reflection, Modeling, Observing
                                               Duration
                                                 1 Year
                                           Initial Educator
                                         Entrance Criterion
                                        Initial Educator License
                                                 Salary
                                                 $50,000
                                         Professional Duties
                               Classroom Teacher, Full-Time or Part-Time
                                                Duration
                                                2-4 Years

                                          Professional Educator
                                            Entrance Criteria
                                       Professional Educator License
                               Minimum of Three Years Teaching Experience
                                                  Salary
                       Entry/                              Satisfies District Professional Development
Does Not Satisfy District Professional Development                         Requirements
                  Requirements
                     $60,000                                                  $65,000
                                       Professional Duties Options
                                Classroom Teacher, Full-Time or Part-Time
                         Classroom Teacher Part-Time, Teacher Leader Part-Time
                                  Evidence of Accomplished Teaching
                          $3,000 Annually - Professional Development Certificate
                 $3,000 Annually - Masters Degree in Content Area or Cognitive Science
           $2,000 Annually – Take One (National Board for Professional Teaching Standards)
                                     $2,000 Bonus – Action Research
                                            Market Incentives
                        5,000 Annually – Hard-to-Serve and Hard-to-Fill Positions
                                             Master Educator
                                            Entrance Criteria
                                        Master Educator License, or
                                        National Board Certification
                                Minimum of Five Years Teaching Experience
                                                  Salary
                       Entry/                               Satisfies District Professional Development
Does Not Satisfy District Professional Development                          Requirements
                  Requirements
                     $75,000                                                   $80,000
                                           Professional Duties
                                Classroom Teacher, Full-Time or Part-Time
                         Classroom Teacher Part-Time, Teacher Leader Part Time
                                   Five Days of Additional Contract Time
                                  Evidence of Accomplished Teaching
                          $3,000 Annually - Professional Development Certificate
                 $3,000 Annually - Masters Degree in Content Area or Cognitive Science
           $2,000 Annually – Take One (National Board for Professional Teaching Standards)
                                      $2,000 Bonus – Action Research
                                       Extended Contract Options
                        $7,500 Annually – Teacher Leader, Eleven Month Contract
                       $15,000 Annually – Teacher Leader, Twelve Month Contract
                                           Market Incentives
                        $5,000 Annually – Hard-to-Serve and Hard-to-Fill Positions
                                                      RESOURCES

                                           Partnership for 21st Century Skills
                                              www.21stcenturyskills.org

Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes                             Learning and Innovation Skills
   Core Subjects Include:                                             Creativity and Innovation Skills
        English, reading, or language arts                           Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
        World languages                                              Communication and Collaboration Skills
        Arts
        Mathematics                                              Information, Media, and Technology Skills
        Economics                                                    Information Literacy
        Science                                                      Media Literacy
        Geography                                                    ICT Literacy
        History
        Government and Civics                                    Life and Career Skills
   21st Century Interdisciplinary Themes Weaved into                   Flexibility and Adaptability
   Core Subjects:                                                      Initiative and Self-Direction
        Global awareness                                              Social and Cross-Cultural Skills
        Financial, economic, business, and                            Productivity and Accountability
           entrepreneurial literacy                                    Leadership and Responsibility
        Civic literacy
        Health literacy

                                                   A-PATH Example
                                              Teacher Leadership Positions

While the teacher leadership positions for each district will likely be different and dependent upon district size, mission,
need, and other related factors, the roles, responsibilities, and program implementation plan must be locally determined
through school district and teacher union agreement. Examples include:
     Mentors and Peer Coaches                                            Curriculum Developers
     Content Specialists                                                 Research Coordinators

                                                   A-PATH Example
                                          Evidence of Accomplished Teaching

The Professional Development Certificate, or PDC, is a portfolio-driven professional development program based on
the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. It is currently offered through the Institute for Learning
Partnership and based on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.

Take One is an evidence-centered approach to accomplished teaching offered by the National Board for Professional
Teaching Standards.

Action Research rewards can be earned by individual teachers or groups of teachers working together upon:
     Completion of research.                                     Broad distribution of research outcomes.
     Analysis of findings.

                                                  A-PATH Example
                                       Professional Development Requirements

Like the Teacher Leadership positions described above, Professional Development Requirements must be locally
determined through school district and teacher union agreement. In the A-PATH example above, ten professional
development units must be earned every five years for a teacher to achieve, and then maintain, the highest salary within
the Professional and Master Educator categories. Opportunities to earn Professional Development Units might include:
     Renewal of certification through PI-34.                        District sponsored professional development.
     School District Academy Credits.                               Action research.

(If a teacher had earlier achieved the higher salary but then neglected to satisfy the requirements in a subsequent five
year cycle, the teacher would be returned to the lower salary within the category.)


                                                    A-PATH Example
                                                    Market Incentives

The school district and local teacher union will jointly determine which positions shall receive Market Incentive awards.
In the above-provided example, the following teachers would qualify for the awards:
     Educators working in hard-to-serve schools based on a percentage of free and reduced lunch.
     Educators serving in hard-to-fill positions including science, math, technology education, and special education.

				
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