2017 Pay for Performance Program

Grants to New Mexico School Districts and Charter
Schools to Retain Quality Teachers and Administrators

GrantWatch ID#: 177270
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New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED)



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Grants to New Mexico school districts and charter schools to create incentives to retain quality teachers and administrators. Webinars are scheduled for November 22 and 29. Office hours will be held on November 29 and December 5. The purpose of this program is to reward teachers and principals that positively impact student learning.

Pay for performance systems have shown to reduce turnover amongst high-performing teachers, maintain performance amongst those teachers that perform at a high level, and elevate student achievement. By using local expertise and negotiating with critical partners, applicants will design tailored systems to reward teachers and principals for their impact on student achievement.

Goals of the New Mexico Performance Pay Program:

-Increase retention of high-performing teachers and principals;

-Improve student achievement in participating schools by acknowledging that effectiveness matters and rewarding those that meet or exceed expectations;

-Improve teacher and principal performance in participating districts and charters;

-Enable the design and implementation of programs tailored to local contexts;

-Provide research on the effects of performance pay programs for teachers and principals for broader New Mexico education community.

Changes Compared to Previous Year:

-Greater focus on performance pay as part of a larger talent management framework as opposed to a stand-alone initiative;

-Significant focus on program design and its connection to the broader vision and strategic priorities within the district or charter school;

-Differentiation between new vs. returning applicants in order to promote sustainability of the Pay for Performance Program longer-term.

All applications must demonstrate that their program:

-Uses the NMTEACH system to identify teachers and principals for awards;

-Allows principals to obtain an award for their individual performance as well as NMTEACH group 1,2 and 3 teachers for their individual performance;

-Prioritizes teacher and principal awards in low-performing schools as judged by a D or F school grade and/or by areas with teaching shortages such as special education, bilingual, and secondary math and science;

-Stipulates that individual awards account for at least 2/3 of total program funds, with a minimum of at least $1,500 per individual;

-Outlines other awards (high-needs bonuses, grade/school level, etc.); and

-Refrains from making awards for mandatory work such as awards to principals for conducting observations.

School districts and charter schools are eligible.

PED will conduct webinars to provide an overview of the program as well as how to apply on the following dates:

-November 22, 2016 at 3:00 PM
-November 29, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Applicants may also register to participate in office hours with PED on either Monday, November 28 or Monday, December 5 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM.

The submission deadline is December 16, 2016. Applicants will be notified of awards April 28, 2017.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

New Mexico Public Education Department
Jerry Apodaca Education Building
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 8750

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