City schools names 'model teachers'

Announcement marks milestone in slow-moving contract implementation

May 16, 2012

One hundred Baltimore city teachers have been labeled "model teachers" under the new Baltimore Teachers Union contract, the city school system announced last week, marking a milestone in the slow-paced implementation of the pact ratified in fall 2010.

The teachers, who have undergone a grueling application process since last year, will receive a hefty pay increase of between $15,000 and $20,000 under the new contract, which is designed around pay-for-performance and a new career ladder. 

The pinnacle of the career ladder is to become a "lead" teacher, and the contract stipulates that there will be only one in every school.

Both model and lead teachers have to be approved by two panels established under the BTU contract, which comprise representatives from the union and the school district. According to the school system, the 100 teachers join 544 others who were grandfathered into the status based on their existing professional credentials.

City educators have been anxiously awaiting word of the model teacher designation, as the district and union ironed out critical details pushing the process way pass deadlines established in the contract, which will expire next year.

The "model" teachers are among the most experienced in the district, who also either meet the criteria of having a master's degree,  a doctorate, or met additional eligibility criteria that includes an extensive portfolio of work that proves their history of effectiveness in the classroom. 

According to the school system, only 100 of 341 applicants for model teacher received the honor.

A release from the system broke down the pool, which spans grade levels, school structures, and subjects. In the release, the school system said, that of the 100 teachers who received the model status: 6 are art teachers; 8 are early childhood teachers; 3 are math teachers; 2 are music teachers; 10 are psychologists; 3 are social workers; 9 are special education teachers; and 3 are technology and business teachers; 15 are high school science and humanities teachers; 12 are middle school math, science and humanities teachers; and 10 are elementary school teachers. And of the 100, 21 teach at charter schools and 79 teach at non-charters.

To learn more about the model teachers, click here.

erica.green@baltsun.com.

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