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April 04, 2012

Rights Are Not Rewards

In my previous post, I discussed monetary and non-monetary rewards. One important take away from that piece is that while many people think non-monetary reward programs are cheaper or, at times, free, this is not always the case. Also, the best reward programs must be matched to the population you a...

March 28, 2012

Monetary Vs. Non-monetary Rewards: Which Are More Attractive?

More and more districts are asking me about non-monetary awards. Why? There's a growing belief that not only would many educators prefer rewards other than cash, but that non-monetary awards are actually "free" or "cheaper" in comparison to bonuses. What are the differences between the two types o...

March 23, 2012

What Motivates YOU?

Image: worradmu / Are YOU motivated by money or making a difference? In follow up to my previous post, What (REALLY) Motivates People, we learned that responses may vary depending on your career, family and financial situation, and many other factors. Or, maybe there are othe...

March 19, 2012

Are We Headed for A Teacher Shortage and Can We Fix It?

When I was growing up, my parents did everything they could to ensure I had a good education. They chose the places we lived in Ohio and Kentucky with the main goal of getting my siblings and I into great schools. My mom and dad also placed a strong focus on literature, math, science, technology, at...

January 22, 2012

What is TIF & Why Should Your District Care?

Over the past three years, I've had the pleasure of working, in one way or another, with more than 42 school districts that have received a federal Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant. TIF grants are designed to support state level departments of education, districts, charter schools, or non-profit o...

January 05, 2012

Understanding Educator Compensation Systems

One area of talent management that piques my interest (and an issue that I spend a great amount of time working on with districts across the country) is compensation. On December 31, 2011, the New York Times published an article, "In Washington, Large Rewards in Teacher Pay." It highlights the work ...

December 06, 2011

What Makes Up Total Compensation?

Compensation in education is a highly debated topic in school districts and statehouses across the country. Some people argue that teachers are underpaid while others believe that educators make too much money. I am not going to pass judgment on that question in this post. But, whatever side of the ...

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