Total Compensation Review (TCR) Initiative, 2011-2014

"Increasingly, experts echo the imperative of shaping a human capital strategy to build educator capacity.... This success rests on building the collective capacity of leaders and teachers to move schools from the traditional conveyor-belt, teaching-driven model (what is taught) to a student-centered, learning-driven model (what is learned). These schools take into account not only outcomes but also the root causes within the sphere of influence of teachers and school leaders."
—Mariana Haynes, PhD, a senior policy fellow at the Alliance for Excellent Education, January 18, 2011.

Total Compensation Review (TCR) is a complete review and assessment of our human capital model (how we recruit, place, develop, evaluate and compensate employees) to better align our employee performance to support student achievement. This review helps provide an answer to the question: Do we have the best possible human capital system to support 21st century teaching and learning?

Volunteer-led project work groups address professional and student learning time, career-ladders and salary, and benefits with a goal to improve the total rewards of our human capital system to world-class status. The project impacts all administrators and teachers (to include our counselors, psychologists, and the many other licensed professionals who serve our students).

In November 2010, the superintendent presented this transformational concept to the entire Alexandria community, outlining the justification for the initiative, and setting a process to assess and recommend decisions for total compensation. The proposal is marked "draft" in the spirit of its intent - the recommendations it includes are "not a done deal."

In September 2011, TCR partnered with the National Education Association (NEA) to complete further research and study and in May 2012, work group leaders presented the School Board with a narrow band of questions for further research during 2012-2013. Ultimately, recommendations will be presented to the Board for consideration as part of the budget process and planning cycle.

Project oversight is provided by ACPS Executive Director Margee Walsh, Ed.D. The project is expected to extend through 2014.

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