This project is funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program. The funding is awarded to the Alaska Council of School Administrators (ACSA).
The Increasing Performance and Retention in Alaska’s Rural Schools (IPRARS) grant is a joint effort of four Alaskan school districts: Alaska Gateway School District, Yukon-Koyukuk School District, Nenana School District, and Northwest Arctic Borough School District. This grant focuses on raising retention rates of highly effective teachers and improving student outcomes.
Project Objectives and Activities:
- Over the course of three years, the IPRARS grant focuses on enhancing the existing Human Capital Management System (HCMS) in each district by offering numerous opportunities for professional development, career advancement, and a system of performance-based compensation.
- The districts, in close partnership with Corwin Publishing and the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, receive training and opportunities for fine-tuning evaluation systems, creating leadership opportunities, offering professional credit courses and career pathways, funding the National Board certification process for teachers and superintendents, and providing ongoing professional development based on John Hattie’s Visible Learning research.