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Harvard University's Government Innovators Network and the Office of Innovation and Improvement of the U.S. Department of Education are hosting this on-line event to discuss and highlight recent efforts to align teacher compensation with better teaching and higher student achievement. This online forum is scheduled for July 20, 2005, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT and will tap the knowledge and experience of key leaders in the field. The event will be useful for state and local officials involved in framing performance measurement policies as well as practitioners looking to implement some of the best practices in this emerging field.


Ted Hershberg, University of Pennsylvania Professor of Public Policy

Brad Jupp, teacher, Denver, Colorado

Gaynor McCown, executive director of The Teaching Commission

Lewis Solmon, president of The Teacher Advancement Program Foundation


The discussion was introduced by Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education, Nina Rees, and Stephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of Government, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.


AMENDMENT TO THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT (Authorizing the teacher incentive fund)


National Council on Teacher Quality
Education Commission of the States  
TAP Foundation


Ballou, Dale and Michael Podgursky.  "Let the Market Decide."  Education Next.

Bersin, Alan D.  "Making School Productive.Education Week.  April 20, 2005. 

Dotinga, Randy.  "Calls to commend teachers with cash."  The Christian Science Monitor.  June 14, 2005.

Gerstner, Jr., Louis V.   "Do the Math: Money Plus Merit Equals Better Teachers.The Los Angeles Times.  January 7, 2005. 

Gerstner, Louis V.  "Math Teacher Pay Doesn't Add Up." Christian Science Monitor.  December 13, 2004.

Hassel, Brian. "Better Pay for Better Teaching." A Report by the Progressive Policy Institute, May 29, 2002. 

Hanushek, Eric A. and John F. Kain, Daniel M. O'Brien, Steven G. Rivkin.  "The Market for Teacher Quality."  National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper w11154.  February 2005.

Hershberg, Ted.  "Value-added Assessment and Systemic Reform: A Response to America's Human Capital Development Challenge."  Prepared for the Aspen Institute's Congressional Institute: The Challenge of Education Reform: Standards, Accountability, Resources, and Policy.  February 22-27, 2005.

Hess, Frederick M., Andrew J. Rotherham, and Kate Walsh.  "A Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom?  Appraising Old Answers and New Ideas.Policy Perspectives.  2005.    

Hess, Frederick M.  "Teacher Quality, Teacher Pay."  Policy Review.  April 1, 2004. 

Holland, Robert.  "Federal Proposal Boosts Rewards for Teachers Who Raise Student Achievement.The Lexington Institute.  June 15, 2005. 

Hoxby, Caroline, and Leigh, Andrew.  "Wage Distortion." Education Next. Spring 2005. 

Hoxby, Caroline M. and Andrew Leigh.  "Pulled Away or Pushed Out?  Explaining the Decline of Teacher Aptitude in the United States."  December 2003.

Hupp, Staci.  "Education Chief Lobbies for Better Teachers."  Indianapolis Star.  June 15, 2005. 

"Is the Emperor Wearing New Clothes?  Are We Getting Full Value from the STAR Testing Program.School Wise Press, Issue 66.  October 22, 2004. 

Izumi, Lance T.  "Arnold Drops a Nuke on Teacher Unions.Capital Ideas: Intellectual Capitol from the Political Capital, Volume 10, No. 1.  January 6, 2004.  .

Jupp, Brad.  "The Uniform Salary Schedule.Education Next.  Winter 2005. 

Koppich, Julia. "All Teachers Are Not the Same." Education Next.  Winter 2005. 

Matthews, Jay.  "A Move to Invest More in Effective Teaching."  The Washington Post.  February 10, 2004. 

Matus, Ron. "State Forcing Teacher Bonuses." The St. Petersburg Times July 6, 2005.

Peterson, Thane.  "No Great Teacher Left Behind.Business Week Online.  April 7, 2005.

"Pawlenty proposes 'super teachers'."  Minnesota Public Radio.  October 1, 2003. 

Solmon, Lewis.  "Recognizing Differences.Education Next.  January 2005. 

The Teaching Commission.  Teaching at Risk: A Call to Action.  2004. 

The Teaching Commission.  "What's the solution?  Better and Smarter Pay."

USC California Policy Institute's California K-12 School Finance Symposium.  "Understanding Alternative Teacher Compensation."  June 3, 2005. 

Woster, Kevin.  "Bill Would Offer Rural Teacher Incentives.Rapid City Journal.  May 25, 2005.