Meeting II
New Orleans, LA | May 13-14, 2010

The NGA Center hosted the second and final meeting of the states participating in the Policy Academy on Creating New Models of Teacher Compensation. The state team members again had time to learn from experts and researchers and to share information with one another. State team leaders made presentations about the progress their states have made on their work plans for the academy, and state teams met to plan their next steps.


  • Financing Redesigned Teacher Compensation Models with Existing Resources
    • Bryan Hassel, Public Impact; Reslicing the Teacher Compensation Pie
  • Improving the Teacher Evaluation Process
  • Developing and Using Measure of Student Learning

Meeting I
Nashville, TN | August 10-11, 2009

To help states develop strategies to improve the effectiveness of all current and prospective teachers, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) granted  six states – Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Rhode Island and Tennessee grants to participate in the Policy Academy on Creating New Models of Teacher Compensation That Enhance Teacher Effectiveness.

The states’ leadership teams met for the first time in Nashville, Tennessee August 10-11, 2009 in an effort to help the states develop new models of teacher compensation that recruit new talent to the profession, retain existing talent within the profession, provide incentives for teachers to work in shortage areas and hard-to-staff schools and compensates teachers for their for contributions to improved teaching and learning. The policy academy pairs influential state policymakers, such as governors' education policy advisors, chief state school officers and state and district teacher union leaders, with leading national experts to help develop coordinate state-specific policy strategies.

This policy academy is sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, The Joyce Foundation, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.


  • TN Value-Added Assessment System
    • Cory Curl, senior research analyst, Tennessee Office of the Governor
  • Successful Performance-Based Pay Systems: Teacher Buy-In
    • Rob Weil, deputy director, Educational Issues, American Federation of Teachers
  • Making the Case for Compensation Change and Education Reform
    • Cary Baird, community engagement representative, Chevron
  • The System for Teacher and Student Achievement
    • Jason Culbertson, director of school services, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
  • Measuring Teacher Effectiveness
    • Laura Goe, research scientist, Educational T esting Service
  • Paying For and Sustaining A Performance-Based Compensation System
    • Cynthia Prince, senior research associate, Center for Educator Compensation Reform
  • Design Components of Performance Incentive Programs in the Education Sector
    • Matthew Springer, director, National Center on Performance Incentives, Vanderbilt University