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Michael Podgursky on Reforming the Compensation of Educators
In this video, Michael Podgursky takes his expertise in the economics of education and applies it to how educators are compensated. Podgursky, who teaches economics at the University of Missouri, contends that teacher payment systems have unintentionally become dysfunctional.
Podgursky is the author of one of the series of scholarly papers that the Bush Institute commissioned to examine how schools can work more productively. His paper doesn’t stop with explaining the problems, however. He shows how school districts can operate more efficiently. As Podgursky explains in this video, that starts with something as basic as deciding how many teachers a district actually needs.
Of course, it won’t be easy getting districts to change their practices. But changes in how they compensate teachers are one way districts can start to operate more efficiently.
Why Should School Districts Focus on Effective Implementation?
Research-based initiatives should drive what happens in classrooms and schools. However, too often we see that new education initiatives fade away mid-year or that they have mixed results. The Bush Institute has released an effective implementation tool to help change this practice.
Positive Changes in Granite School District
Last week, the Bush Institute hosted four school districts in Dallas for the School Leadership Initiative convening. Michael Douglas, School Leadership and Improvement Services Director at Granite School District, shares positive changes he's seen in his school district since working with the Bush Institute's School Leadership team.
PrinciPALS, Your Partners in Education
Here is why you want to be "that" parent and get to know the principal of your child's school.