Sunday, May 22, 2011

What do teachers want most?

Tomorrow I'm involved in a teacher compensation workshop.  In the past I've sat on various committees to look at restructuring teacher pay scales so I'm interested to see what this workshop will bring.  To prepare myself I've been reading the blog posts of John Littleford, the consultant, as well as listening to what teachers in other schools have said about their experience of working with him.  I've also been reflecting on my experiences with KSBP (Knowledge and Skills Based Pay) and the proposals of another consultant Marc Wallace on changing the salary system at a previous school, which after a lengthy consultation process was rejected for various reasons.

In the past year I've also done a workshop with Daniel Pink, who argues strongly that money is not a motivator for teachers.  Today I've been reading The Principal Difference blog post which deals with supportive leadership.  More than anything, certainly more than a salary increase, 68% of teachers ranked supportive leadership as the thing they most want.  This is defined in the following way:

  • a listener, a learner, an active participant:  teachers want collaboration, they want a partnership
  • trust and respect:  teachers want transparency
  • consultation on key decisions
  • emotional support
I'm interested to know if other teachers have experience of different methods of teacher compensation, what are the positives, what are the negatives?  What is the experience of schools that have radically changed the way they pay their teachers?

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