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EDUCATION: Keep pay bump for teachers with master’s degree

Letter by Shirley A. Case, University Place on Nov. 26, 2010 at 12:01 pm | 51 Comments »
November 26, 2010 2:04 pm

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.

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