Re: “Master’s bump: $330 million a year for nothing” (editorial, 11-26).
Don’t take away the financial incentive for a teacher who is willing to invest time, energy and money into completing a master’s degree in education.
Earning that degree is the beginning of a professional journey toward becoming a better teacher. A master’s program helps teachers understand the importance of using research in their instructional practice. Successful teachers pair effective research-based instructional strategies with content knowledge to increase student learning.
Through ongoing staff development opportunities, teachers with advanced degrees can become instructional leaders in their schools and districts by modeling a research-based, collaborative approach to teaching. If teachers with advanced degrees in math and science are flocking to private businesses, then keep them in education by paying them to take a leadership role in sharing their expertise with other teachers.