National Board Certified Teachers in Oklahoma say if the state eliminates stipends for such teachers, it could discourage others from applying and have a long-term effect on schools. The state legislature is considering a bill that would reinstate $5,000 annual stipends for NBCTs. "It really pushes you to take it to the next step," said NBCT Daniel Buckmaster. "A big portion of the national board is becoming a reflective teacher. You're showing evidence that you're a master teacher."
The head of Nashville public schools is looking at ways to recruit quality teachers and is considering paying for master's degrees for educators who agree to stay in the district for five years. Jesse Register says other ways to recruit and retain quality teachers include changes in teacher pay and adding education coaches to schools to provide guidance for new teachers.
Supporters of performance pay for teachers say testing data should be used to evaluate a teacher's effectiveness. Critics, including the president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, say student tests should be used to help determine areas where students need improvement, not as a "gotcha tool" for teachers.
New teachers should find allies, avoid complainers and speak their mind from the start, says veteran National Board-certified teacher David Cohen. When disagreeing with other educators, express respectful disagreement to build credibility and a reputation for professionalism.