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Memphis District Gives Cash Incentives to Nationally Certified Teachers. (News Connection: Up-to-Date and Usable Education Information from Schools, Government, Business, Research and Professional Organizations)

Magazine article District Administration

Memphis District Gives Cash Incentives to Nationally Certified Teachers. (News Connection: Up-to-Date and Usable Education Information from Schools, Government, Business, Research and Professional Organizations)

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Teachers in Memphis, Tenn., stand to add $6,000 to $10,000 to their annual salaries thanks to a new incentive program. The increases will go to teachers who earn National Board Certification--the highest teaching certification available.

The salary bonus represents a significant jump for teachers--at least 16 percent--in a city where the average classroom teacher earns $42,500.

Memphis currently has only four National Board Certified teachers in the city's 169 schools.

At least 16 city teachers are working toward certification. The exact amount of the annual salary increase will depend upon the number of years of professional experience.

National Board Certification is a voluntary process created through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The certification is a step beyond the state-mandated certification requirements, which typically measure minimum competency.

The national group hopes that the link between national certification and salary increases will motivate the best teachers to stay in the classroom, where they will have the most impact. …

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