ODE just released an RFP (“Request for Proposals”) from any local district (RttT and non-RttT) for alternative compensation plans.
Proposals are due November 1 and must include:
Each proposal shall include:
- A detailed description of the LEA’s current compensation system
- Evidence of the need for, interest in, and commitment to an alternative compensation system. Include annotations of research that have led to the decision to pursue this opportunity.
- Identification of the design team who will be involved in creating the system.
- An outline of the proposed alternative compensation system to be implemented during the 2013-2014 school year
The description of the alternative compensation system shall include:
- Factors that exist in the LEA that need to be taken into consideration regarding the project
- Key personnel who will be included in the alternative compensation system (e.g., teachers and principals)
- A consideration of potential barriers to success
- An implementation timeline
- A budget/fiscal plan incorporating funding sources, both current and potential.
- A communication plan (e.g., How will the changes be communicated to personnel, stakeholders, the community, etc.?)
- An explanation and demonstration of the reformed compensation plan’s sustainability.
- A detailed description of the rigorous formative and summative evaluations the LEA will use during the implementation of the proposed alternative compensation system.
- If currently in TIF 3 or TIF 4 (Tier 4), documented evidence of how this proposed plan takes the next step in performance based compensation system beyond the scope of the TIF grant.
I think we all know at this point that alternative compensation is on its way. Be it now or in the near future, I foresee mandated alternative compensation very soon.
This provides funds to figure out how to make it happen.
Participation in this also allows participating districts (teachers, administrators, etc.) to steer the direction of the eventual mandate.
As I have said many times before, we can either sit back and let things happen to us or be proactive leaders. There are pros and cons to alternative systems, and I think both merit at least some exploration.