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1997 Example of Contractural "technology incentives" for New Teacher Contracts

Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 23:59:04 -0400
A couple of nearby school districts (including Hilton, NY) are offering "technology incentives" as an integral part of their new teacher contracts. A sample is included below.

TECHNOLOGY INCENTIVE In order to assist teachers in acquiring and developing the necessary skills for utilizing classroom technology, the District will provide an incentive to teachers who demonstrate computer competencies as described below.   The incentive shall be equivalent to five additional graduate credit hours and will allow the teacher to move horizontally on the salary schedule. If the teacher is OFF the salary schedule, he/she will receive 1.5% of the base salary as per the salary schedule. This figure will be added to the teacher's 1997-98 or 1998-99 salary to become a part of that teacher's base salary in the year earned.   For those teachers not proficient in computer technology and who wish to participate in this technology incentive, the district will offer a computer competence core of courses. Once the technology requirements have been met, the incentive will be added to the teacher's 1997-98 or 1998-99 salary and be retroactive in accordance with the district's current graduate payment process.

Teachers electing to participate in the Technology Incentive must demonstrate the computer competencies described below:  

1 - WORD PROCESSING: Using a district approved word processing program such as ClarisWorks, Microsoft Works, Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, etc., the teacher will be able to write a two paragraph document, print it, and save it to a floppy disk or computer hard drive. The document will include changes in print style, font and point size.

2. DATABASE: Using a district approved database program such as ClarisWorks, Microsoft Works, etc. the teacher will be able to create a data base report showing student data for five students and include the students' names, addresses, and telephone numbers. The teacher will print the data base and save it to a floppy disk.  

3. SPREADSHEET: Using a district approved spreadsheet program such as ClarisWorks, Excel, etc. the teacher will be able to create a four column document of any five students showing their test scores and average grade. The teacher will print the spread sheet and save it to a floppy disk.  

4. PRESENTATION PROGRAM: Using a district approved presentation program such as Hyperstudio, ClarisWorks, etc. the teacher will be able to prepare a presentation, run the presentation, print the presentation and save it to a floppy disk. The presentation shall be at least 2 pages in length and contain graphics.  

5. GRADEBOOK: Using a district approved grading program such a Micrograde, the teacher will be able to set up a grading program for classroom use. Teachers will enter data such student names, letter grades, test scores, setup categories and assignments, and display reports such as class roster, students' grades and final averages.

6. ONLINE SERVICE: Using a district approved on-line service such as America Online, the teacher will be able to sign on and navigate the service using such skills as Keywords, Departments, Member Services, and Downloading. And using a district approved E-Mail program such a First Class, or America OnLine, the teacher will retrieve and print a message, and prepare and send a message.  

7. INTERNET: Using a district approved Internet access service such as America OnLine, or Netscape, the teacher will be able to access and search the Internet for information on any given subject area, go to the address of the subject area and print.  

8. TROUBLESHOOTING: The teacher will be able to demonstrate five (5) of the troubleshooting skills as described in the District's inservice course Troubleshooting 1.

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