BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area school district is evaluating what it means to be an effective teacher.
The Black River Falls School District is working to come up with criteria to determine if a teacher could be considered for a pay raise.
Parents said there are many qualities that make a good teacher.
“Being caring and great communication with the family and just really liking kids,” said Suzanne Goldsmith.
Black River Falls School Superintendent Dr. Shelly Severson said the district wants to reward teachers for their contributions.
That’s why they’re working to create a compensation model to decide if a teacher could be considered for a pay raise.
She said every adult in a school building is responsible for helping students succeed.
“It’s not just about the 18 or 25 that are sitting in your classroom in front of me, it’s what are we doing for all kids,” said Severson.
Severson said the model will create a more level playing field for teachers that isn’t just based on seniority.”
“It feels less like somebody is judging you as opposed to a collaborative process like before. I stay here, I take credits, my pay increases. Now it’s I contribute to the system, and to the district, and to the community in these ways and my pay increases,” said Severson.
Parents said they think it’s a good idea.
“Years bring experience, but I also think criteria would be good, because then everyone kind of is on an equal playing field,” said Goldsmith.
Severson said test scores won’t determine whether a teacher is considered for a raise.
She also said it helps students when teachers work to improve how they do their jobs.
“Students are going to benefit, because that educator is now going to receive so much input and feedback on what they do on a daily basis that through their own professional development they’re going to improve their craft,” said Severson.
Severson said the criteria for the model hasn’t been determined yet and it’s in still in the preliminary stages.
She said she’s planning to meet with teachers in small groups next month, and to have a large group meeting in December.
Severson said she hopes to have the model made up by the end of the school year.