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Congratulations to Rebecca Carlisle, 2020 TOTY!

Congratulations to Rebecca Carlisle, 2020 TOTY!

At the Nov. 14 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year (TOTY) banquet, Rebecca Carlisle, an AP World History teacher at North Gwinnett High School, was named 2020 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year!

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GCPS prepares for Performance-Based Awards

Gwinnett County Public Schools prepares for distribution of inaugural Performance-Based Awards to teachers

December 12, 2019 / Permalink

     This month, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) will take an historic and long-overdue step in compensating high-performing teachers as it distributes its first Performance-Based Awards, part of GCPS’ Performance-Based Teacher Compensation System. The district has phased this system in thoughtfully over the past two years. In August of 2017, GCPS implemented Phase 1, transitioning to a Performance-Based Salary Schedule for Teachers. Under this improved salary schedule, a teacher advances a step each year, based on performance on the state’s annual Teacher Assessment on Performance Standards or TAPS. The Performance-Based Awards comprise Phase 2 of the district’s teacher compensation system. The awards give top-performing classroom teachers the opportunity to be awarded additional money, above and beyond what they earn on the teacher salary schedule.

     CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks says the reasoning behind providing Performance-Based Awards for teachers is easy to understand. He says, “The simple answer is that our teachers deserve it! We employ some of the best teachers in the profession, but historically the highest-performing teachers have not been recognized and rewarded financially for the truly outstanding work they do.”

     He says the district worked hard to develop a fair system that rewards the efforts of as many teachers as possible, noting that the awards will be distributed to teachers at the district level and at every single school. “We know that schools have different characteristics that make them unique and recognizing the top-performing teachers at every school acknowledges that, despite their differences, all schools have teachers who deserve to be celebrated,” says Mr. Wilbanks.

     This first round of awards, based on performance in 2018-19, will be distributed on December 18 in a one-time payment. In all, 3,144 Gwinnett teachers, representing 138 GCPS schools, will receive an award. 

Performance Category Number of Teachers Honored Compensation Award
Category 1 1,033 $6,208.80
Category 2 1,091 $3,725.28
Category 3 1,020 $1,862.64


     (McClure Health Science HS, which opened this school year, and the district’s two charter schools— New Life Academy of Excellence and North Metro Academy of Performing Arts— were not a part of the awards program this year.)

     Teachers eligible for the awards are classroom teachers who provided direct instruction to students for at least 50% of the school day, who were employed full-time for at least 120 days last school year, and for whom scores are available on the performance metrics used to determine the awards. Those performance metrics are:

  • Professional Growth— Indicates whether or not the teacher met the district’s requirement of 20 hours of professional development.
  • TAPS Evaluation— Uses the Teacher Assessment on Performance Standards (the state teacher evaluation system that evaluates teachers on 10 standards) to produce a Summative Performance Score.
  • Student Growth— Uses local assessments (Student Performance Goals, referred to as SPGs, and District Assessments) to measure student growth for a teacher, comparing their students’ growth to the growth of similar students taking the same course and assessment.
  • Weighted School Assessment (WSA)— Provides a snapshot of how well a school is doing, looking at student academic outcomes, those outcomes compared to similar peers, plans for improvement, stakeholder perceptions, and the overall management of the school.   

     In order to make the compensation system as fair and inclusive of as many teachers as possible, two paths to the awards were established. The Four-Metric Path includes all four of the metrics noted above. A Three-Metric Path is available for teachers who do not have a Student Growth measure. While the vast majority of teachers at each school are on the Four-Metric Path, having two paths ensures that as many teachers as possible are eligible for the performance awards. 

     Each path has three categories of awards—Category 1, Category 2, and Category 3. However, their methods of distribution differ. Category 1 Awards for both the Four-Metric Path and Three-Metric Path will be distributed to the top 10 percent of eligible teachers across the district by school level— elementary, middle, and high— not by individual school. Category 2 and 3 awards for the Four-Metric Path will be distributed to the top 20 percent of eligible teachers at each school. Category 2 and 3 awards for the Three-Metric Path will be distributed districtwide by school level— elementary, middle, and high. Teachers may qualify and win an award in just one category.

     For this first distribution of the Performance-Based Awards, Category 1 Award recipients will receive $6,208.80, which equates to 10% of the average teacher salary last school year. Category 2 Award recipients will receive $3,725.28 (6% of the average teacher salary last year) and Category 3 Award recipients will receive $1,862.64 (3% of the average teacher salary last year).

     Current GCPS teachers will receive notification of whether they received an award on Thursday, December 12, after 5 p.m., when individual Teacher Statements become available in the Employee Portal. The Performance-Based Awards will be distributed on December 18 in a one-time payment, using the same method as the teacher’s regular monthly pay, either direct deposit or check. If a teacher who earned an award is no longer with the district, he or she will receive a letter about the Performance-Based Awards via the U.S. Postal Service. That letter and a check for the amount of the award earned by the teacher will be mailed on December 17.

     The school district has spent the past two years developing its Performance-Based Awards using a deliberate, teacher-focused methodology that has been validated by both internal and external parties to ensure it is sound and fair. Mr. Wilbanks says, “As a result, we have a high level of confidence in the Performance-Based Awards system… its integrity and its accuracy.”

     Mr. Wilbanks, the Gwinnett County Board of Education, and school district leaders are proud of the new Performance-Based Awards system and are committed to making it a success for Gwinnett teachers. He shares, “We sought to develop a system that benefits teachers and increases the district’s ability to hire the best and brightest for our schools, while also encouraging the very best teachers to stay in Gwinnett. We believe our compensation system, and specifically the Performance-Based Awards will provide greater opportunities for both existing and new teachers. We feel we have made an excellent start on a teacher-reward system that states loudly and clearly that we appreciate our teachers and their work. That said, we know that in this first administration of the awards we may identify ways to further improve the system. We hope, ultimately, to expand the percentage of teachers to be rewarded and, as the budget allows, increase the amount of the awards.”

               Performance-Based Awards Distribution by High School

 

 

 

School Name

 

Total Category 1 Awards

 

Total Category 2 Awards

 

Total Category 3 Awards

 

 

 

Total Awards

Archer High School

2

12

12

26

Berkmar High School

4

16

18

38

Brookwood High School

53      

20

18

91

Buice Center

0

1

1

2

Central Gwinnett High School

6

11

12

29

Collins Hill High School

26     

16

14

56

Dacula High School

7

13

10

30

Discovery High School

3

14

15

32

Duluth High School

19        

15

16

50

GIVE Center East

 0

4

5

9

GIVE Center West

1

3

3

7

Grayson High School

19       

15

14

48

Gwinnett School of Mathematics,

Science & Technology

 

19     

 

7

 

5

 

31

Gwinnett Online Campus

0

3

2

5

International Transition Center

0

2

0

2

Lanier High School

3

10

11

24

Maxwell High School of Technology

11      

4

3

18

Meadowcreek High School

5

17

15

37

Mill Creek High School

34      

18

18

70

Mountain View High School

11      

12

13

36

Norcross High School

6

17

16

39

North Gwinnett High School

34      

15

14

63

Parkview High School

11      

15

17

43

Paul Duke STEM High School

0

4

4

8

Peachtree Ridge High School

18      

16

14

48

Phoenix High School

5

7

3

15

Shiloh High School

1

11

11

23

South Gwinnett High School

1

13

12

26

HIGH SCHOOL TOTALS

299

311

296

906

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