Denver’s groundbreaking campaign to introduce performance-based pay for teachers captured national and international attention and has paved the way for similar efforts elsewhere. In this book, Phil Gonring, Paul Teske, and Brad Jupp—among the key players in this successful come-from-behind campaign—offer the inside story of the ProComp initiative. They describe how entrepreneurial behavior within the teachers union and support from outside philanthropic groups propelled the plan from a cutting-edge concept into concrete policy.
Based on unprecedented labor-management collaboration, the newly implemented ProComp compensation plan is the most advanced in the country. Each teacher’s pay is based on several factors: evaluated performance, professional development efforts, and willingness to work with at-risk populations, as well as student achievement. Denver’s ProComp plan has raised the debate over teacher compensation to a new level.
ProComp has established a foundation for future efforts to change how teachers are paid. This book reveals the details of the brave effort to rethink teacher compensation through labor-management collaboration. And when it comes to education reforms, the details are precisely the toughest part. — Adam Urbanski, Director, Teacher Union Reform Network
When the history of the triumph of pay-for-performance teacher compensation is finally written, this book will be one of the key sources. Gonring, Teske, and Jupp recount the process, explain the initiative, and foreshadow what’s next for this issue. In doing so they make clear why Denver has played a signal role in this debate. — Andy Rotherham, Cofounder and Codirector of Education Sector
Everyone says we must attract better teachers and pay them for the right results. Denver is one of the few places that is doing something about it. Performance pay is hard to design well and even harder to manage politically. In this book, key insiders show us how it can be done. — Paul T. Hill, John and Marguerite Corbally Professor, and Director, Center on Reinventing Public Education, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington