The Way School Districts Pay Teachers Ignores School Staffing Problems. Strategic Salary Incentives Can Help

Research suggests that strategic incentives can help school districts tackle staffing challenges in hard-to-staff schools and subjects, including special education. Districts should consider both paying all teachers more and paying them differently to ensure all students have access to the teachers they need. In this study, the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders and the CALDER Center examine the importance of strategic staffing incentives to address school staffing problems. 
How have strategic incentives been executed successfully? Read the full paper, The Impact of a $10,000 Bonus on Special Education Teacher Shortages in Hawai‘i, to learn more about how Hawai'i has successfully implemented strategic staffing incentives to address their workforce needs.