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PPfT Compensation

The 2018-19 PPfT Compensation window is now closed. To access more information on Compensation please see the Compensation Opt-in Guide.  

Overview

Professional Pathways for Teachers (PPfT) is a collaboration between Austin Independent School District, Education Austin, and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) to design a Human Capital System that blends appraisal, compensation, leadership pathways and professional development.  

Compensation for teachers is a high priority for Austin ISD. However, budget constraints have created a situation where teacher pay has been stagnant. With no true relief in sight, it is imperative to look at teacher compensation differently. The current system of “steps and lanes” does not provide teachers with any control of their salary. The Professional Pathways for Teachers creates a new system in which teachers can choose a pathway that best suits their needs and aspirations while valuing high-quality teaching and professional development.  To accomplish this task, a working group of teachers, principals, administrators, and Education Austin developed a system that will best fit Austin ISD.  PPfT is a system that compensates professional growth and classroom expertise.  For the PPfT system, a teacher is defined as directly instructing students 50% or more of the instructional day and whose title is teacher in the HR system.

The Framework

The PPfT Compensation Framework is base-building, which means it adds permanent pay increases to a teacher’s regular salary.   This framework does not impact stipends, and teachers will still be able to earn all stipends as before. 

The framework builds the base through a point system.  Teachers will earn professional points each year.  Points are cumulative and determine the amount of the base increase. Teachers can earn points from four elements: Current Year of Service, Appraisal, Professional Development Unit, and Leadership Pathways.

ElementsProfessional Points per year
Current Year of Service1
AppraisalStandardEnhanced
      Effective46
      Highly Effective712
      Distinguished1020
PDU (Professional Development Unit)2
Leadership Pathways 
Micro-Credential2
Badge7

 

Base Salary Increases

As teachers earn points, they will become eligible for base increases based on the table below. Teachers earn increases when the point amount is earned at the end of the school year. The base increase will be added to the teacher’s salary for the following year. For example, once a teacher earns 5 points, the teacher will receive a $500 increase to the base salary.  Once the teacher earns an additional 5 points for a total of 10 points, the teacher will earn another $750 increase. The next increase would come at 20 points.  The amount associated with the points is only earned once but the base increase is permanent.  

Professional PointsBase Increase
5$500
10$750
20$750
30$750
40$750
50$750
60$750
70$750
80$750
90$750
100$750
Professional PointsBase Increase
110$750
120$750
130$750
140$750
150$750
160$750
170$750
180$750
190$750
200$750
Professional PointsBase Increase
210$750
220$750
230$750
240$750
250$750
260$750
270$750
280$750
290$750
300$750

 

 

For more information, please download this Compensation Opt-in Guide.

Enhanced Compensation Campuses

Enhanced Compensation Campuses are defined as the top 25% of campuses at the elementary, middle, and high school levels with the highest instructional services index, which takes into account the percentage of economically disadvantaged students, percentage of students served in Bilingual/ESL programs, and the percentage of students served with special education programs. Multi-year improvement required campuses who are not in the top 25% will also be included. Enhanced Compensation Campuses are designed to provide recruitment and retention support to campuses.

Please click for the list of campuses for the 2017-2018 school year designated as enhanced compensation.

Please click for the list of campuses for the 2018-2019 school year designated as enhanced compensation.  Any additions or adjustments to enhanced compensation campuses will be made by 9/1/2018.

Implementation

The PPfT Compensation system will be implemented over the next four years with all teachers coming into the system by 2019-2020.

2016-2017 - 400 current AISD teachers and all new hires

2017-2018 - 1000 current AISD teachers and all new hires

2018-2019 - 1000 current AISD teachers 

Professional Development Units (PDUs)

Professional Development Units (PDUs) are optional and are similar to action-research projects where teams of teachers identify a need that they plan to focus on throughout the year and then develop a plan of study and implementation to address that need. In order to be eligible to earn the 2 compensation points, PDU members must be enrolled in PPfT Compensation for the 2017-18 school year.

PDUs are designed to be a rigorous long-term study, in which teachers utilize a repeating cycle of engagement in PD/research, implementation in the classroom, data collection and evaluation. Team members must be willing to work closely together and devote time in and out of the classroom in order to successfully complete the process. PDUs culminate in the submission of an online product that meets specific criteria. Those interested in pursuing a PDU will apply at the end of August to begin the process by the end of September.

Opting-in to PDUs

All current AISD teachers enrolled in PPfT Compensation that are interested in participating in a PDU will fill out a Google form opting-in to the PDU process. Once opted-in, PDU members will be added to a BLEND Course to guide their work and allow for submission of PDU assignments.

PDU Opt-in closed on 9/29/17

PDU Resources

2017-18 PDU Guide

PDU Process

PDU Resource Site

 

PPfT Compensation PDU Information Sessions:

Please click here to access a recording of a PDU Information session. 

PDU Support Contact Information

Trish Jarrott

Coordinator, Employee Effectiveness

Trish.jarrott@austinisd.org

512-414-9590

 

Leadership Pathways

Leadership Pathways will provide teachers with the opportunity to develop their expertise in one of several areas of interest aligned with district priorities. These Leadership Pathways are intended to empower and grow all AISD teachers, allowing them to become leaders on their campus or throughout the district. These are optional for teachers to pursue based on their interest and schedules.

Teachers pursuing a Leadership Pathway will participate in a two-year process focused on a specific district priority. The topics for 2018-2019 are literacy, transformative technology, and social and emotional learning. The process will allow teachers to earn micro-credentials in targeted areas through engagement in professional development, application of learning into practice, and reflection on the impact to their teaching.

In order to participate in a Leadership Pathway, teachers must:

• Have two years of teaching experience;

• Have an effective or better rating on the PPfT Appraisal; and

• Maintain that rating or better throughout the process.

 

Opting-in to Leadership Pathways

Teachers in the compensation system who are interested may opt in for a Leadership Pathway. Invitations will be sent each year via email during the spring.

 

Leadership Pathway Support Contact Information

Thymai Dong

Coordinator, Employee Effectiveness

thymai.dong@austinisd.org

512-414-1101