Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Q Comp for MPS: An Opportunity to Elevate the Teaching Profession

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Q Comp for MPS: An Opportunity to Elevate the Teaching Profession

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This week, Minneapolis educators have the opportunity to take a step forward toward elevating our profession by valuing and supporting effective teaching.

Members of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) are casting their votes this week to determine if our district should take part in the Quality Compensation (Q Comp) program offered by the state since 2005. Q Comp provides funding for teacher leadership roles, job-embedded professional development including more collaboration time, improved implementation of teacher evaluation, performance pay for student achievement, and alternative compensation for teachers taking additional courses.

Over $9 million for Minneapolis Public Schools is at stake if teachers approve the agreement that has already been approved by the Minneapolis Public Schools Board and accepted by the Minnesota Department of Education.

As a teacher, I support this effort and would encourage my colleagues to vote yes as well. While imperfect, the Q Comp plan has the potential to improve student learning, especially if it's implemented in a way that includes more input from a wider variety of educators.

Would support site-based and data-based decisions

I am voting yes for the possibility of how Q Comp could advance teaching and learning. Schools need this plan to support site-based and data-based decisions to meet our unique student needs in order to provide truly job-embedded professional development for teachers.

I am voting yes for including teacher voices and teacher expertise in creating an innovative Q Comp plan that supports sites like my school -- Ramsey Middle School -- that have outcomes-based, student-based teacher leadership models in place. These sites where teacher leadership is strong and school culture is healthy are desperately seeking district support to sustain their hard work. …

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