LEAD Public Schools is making a historic investment in our teachers to recognize their incredible value and importance to the success of our network. Beginning July 1, 2022, teachers will be eligible to earn up to 10% raises and $100,000 annually.
“Teachers deserve to be developed, fulfilled, and rewarded for their professionalism, hard work, and dedication to LEAD students and families,” said Nic Frank, LEAD Public Schools Chief Human Resources Officer. “We are investing an additional $500,000 in our teacher compensation program to reward our highest performing teachers because we know that our best teachers have a significant impact on student outcomes.”
At LEAD, teachers have the opportunity to become a Master Teacher. Those who meet the criteria and accept the designation of Master Teacher can earn performance-based adjustments up to $100,000 annually. Master Teachers not only have the opportunity to earn more, but also take on a leadership role within the organization.
LEAD launched the self-funded performance compensation program in 2019 with the goal of making LEAD the Best Place to Work in Nashville. Despite funding challenges and a global pandemic, LEAD has been able to deliver on its initial promise of increasing teachers’ base salaries and having some of the most competitive benefits in the state.
Over the past two years, top teachers earned up to a 10% raise, with teachers receiving an average raise of 5.5%. Eligible teachers are also able to receive up to $5,000 in signing bonus money and 16 weeks paid maternity leave or 4 weeks paid paternity leave.
“Teachers have always been and will continue to be the most valuable people in our students’ lives outside the home and they deserve to have the opportunity to earn more based on their performance,” said LEAD Public Schools CEO Dwayne Tucker. “Our innovative model is proving to be successful in keeping and recruiting the best teachers.”
LEAD has an 82% teacher retention rate for those who have qualified for the performance compensation program.
LEAD also fosters a supportive environment by providing every teacher with a coach. Teachers meet with their coaches at least twice a month to go over instructional practice and delivery, unit and lesson plans, and to review data.
LEAD is now hiring teachers who are eager to be developed, fulfilled, and rewarded and to help us succeed in our mission of preparing every student to be Ready for College and Ready for Life.