Professional Pathways for Teachers
Compensation - New Hires
Professional Pathways for Teachers (PPfT) is a collaboration between Austin Independent School District, Education Austin, and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) to design a Human Capital System that blends appraisal, compensation, leadership pathways and professional development.
The Professional Pathways for Teachers creates a new system in which teachers can choose a pathway that best suits their needs and aspirations while valuing high-quality teaching and professional development. A working group of teachers, principals, administrators, and Education Austin has developed a system to address these needs, and to find the best fit for Austin ISD.
PPfT only applies to teachers; a teacher is defined as directly instructing students 50% or more of the instructional day and whose title is teacher in the HR system.
Austin ISD has created a compensation framework that gives teachers ownership of their careers and salary. The AISD compensation system is about teacher ownership, teacher choice, and teacher development. Teachers will be able to engage in personalized and collaborative professional development and be rewarded for their high quality teaching. The entire PPfT system is about empowering and developing teachers.
PPfT will also create leadership opportunities for teachers that will allow them to stay in the classroom and improve their practice without tying it to a specific role. The pathways will allow teachers to pursue areas of interest to become leaders on their campus and throughout the district. When a teacher completes a specific leadership pathway, they would be credentialed in that area, and they will be able to pursue multiple leadership pathways credentials over their career.
The compensation framework is a base-building system meaning it provides permanent pay increases to the employee’s regular salary. This new system will not impact current stipends.
The framework builds the base through a point system. Teachers will earn professional points each year. Points are cumulative and determine the amount of the base increase. Teachers can earn points from four elements: Service, Appraisal, Professional Development Unit, and Leadership Pathways.
Base Salary Increases
Enhanced Compensation Campuses
Below is the list of campuses for the 2016-2017 school year.