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TAP


The Knox County Schools to
receive $26.5 million for TAP




There are simply not enough talented teachers to ensure the high-quality education that every child in America needs and deserves. Without substantial change, our nation will not be able to achieve sustained and meaningful improvement in student performance.

In the 1990s, education in America was leaving too many of our children behind. Education reform pioneer and Milken Family Foundation Chairman Lowell Milken, along with others at the Milken Family Foundation (MFF) — already noted for its national teacher awards — brought together the best available research to develop a comprehensive, systemic school reform model to address the challenges facing K-12 education. They created TAP™: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, a bold new strategy to attract, retain, develop and motivate talented people to the teaching profession. Because of its broad-based support, results, and high demand, TAP is now operated by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), a public charity.

Teacher Incentive Fund
Recruitment Bonuses Available
Click on the Link Below to Learn More


tap.knoxschools.org/modules/locker/files/get_group_file.phtml
Related Story: TAP expanded to 13 additional schools (10/20/2010)

The Knox County Schools has received a five-year, $26.5 million federal grant from Teacher Incentive Fund that will support local efforts to improve student achievement by increasing teacher and principal effectiveness.

Partnering with the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), the Knox County Schools will use the grant to support and expand TAP, a comprehensive school reform system that provides powerful opportunities for career advancement, professional growth, instructionally-focused accountability, and competitive compensation for educators. Approximately $17.6 million of the federal grant will go directly to 13 high-needs schools for personnel costs, affecting more than 650 teachers and 9,300 students. Remaining funds will support training, data systems, a new teacher evaluation system, and professional development.

“This significant investment will enable us to move more rapidly toward implementing our vision for educator excellence and enhancing student achievement in our highest need schools,” said Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools. “TAP perfectly aligns with our strategic plan in terms of developing high quality teachers, improving collaboration, supporting high needs schools, and providing innovative and strategic compensation incentives for our educators.”

In the 2006-07 school year, the Knox County Schools adopted TAP in four schools: Holston Middle, Northwest Middle, Lonsdale Elementary, and Pond Gap Elementary. During the past three years, these schools have made significant improvements as measured by the value-added growth of students, teacher classroom evaluations and fidelity to the core elements of the TAP system:

• Instructionally-focused accountability
• Ongoing applied professional growth
• Multiple career paths
• Performance-based compensation

Due to the positive results in its existing TAP
schools, the Knox County Schools will use this
grant to expand TAP to its highest-need schools.
The new TAP schools that will be added are:
Carter High, Austin-East Magnet High,
South-Doyle High, Carter Middle, South-Doyle
Middle, Vine Middle Magnet, East Knox
Elementary, West Haven Elementary, Dogwood
Elementary, Belle Morris Elementary, Ritta
Elementary, Spring Hill Elementary,
and Sarah Moore Greene Magnet
Technology Elementary.


The Knox County Schools: Winner of the 2013 TAP Award of Distinction 
 

Carter Middle School: Winner of the 2012 TAP School of Promise Award 





Discussion Topics
Training Video
Files
 Administrator and Master Meetings
Power Points and handouts from the administrator and master teacher meetings.
 TIF Recruitment Info.pdf
Recruitment Bonus Information
Contacts
+ Dalimonte, Margo
+ Norton, Liz
+ Toppins, Jane
+ Wilson, Keith
Click on name to see details.

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