Phoenix—Education professionals and experts from across the western United States gathered for a two-day conference in Phoenix, Arizona, last week to share innovative ideas and best practices for education reform.
Representatives from 14 Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grantee organizations from Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado met with U.S. Department of Education officials and education experts at the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) office in Phoenix March 5-6, 2015.
“The grantees worked in collaboration to identify issues of mutual challenge, provide a range of potential strategies and activities for meeting those challenges, and describe innovative approaches to share beyond the regions,” said TIF Program Manager Dr. Vicki Robinson.
The department of education began awarding TIF grants in 2006 to assist school districts and education organizations with development and implementation of performance-based compensation systems and programs to improve educator effectiveness in high-need schools.
MCESA was first awarded a TIF 3 grant in 2010 to implement the Rewarding Excellence in Instruction and Leadership program. In 2012 the agency was awarded a TIF 4 grant for the Rewarding Excellence in Instruction and Leadership, The Next Generation (REIL-TNG) program.
“The grants have helped MCESA empower our partner school districts by giving them the resources and tools they need to increase educator effectiveness and to retain the best teachers,” said Chief Deputy Superintendent of MCESA Kristine Morris.
MCESA serves six county school districts participating in the REIL program and seven districts participating in REIL-TNG program.
For more information about MCESA’s work to improve educator effectiveness, visit the Rewarding Excellence in Instruction and Leadership website.