The master teachers hired for the Iberville Parish School System with a Federal Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant and other leaders are participating in more than 35 hours of TAP training this week at the Optional Education Center in Plaquemine.


The master teachers hired for the Iberville Parish School System with a Federal Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant and other leaders are participating in more than 35 hours of TAP training this week at the Optional Education Center in Plaquemine.

The school system was selected to participate in a five-year national research project with the United States Department

of Education.  It is one of 15 school districts across the nation   awarded a multi-million dollar TIF grant aimed at improving teaching skills and student performance.

"It's a win-win for our schools, our district and our community," says IPSS Principal and Special Assignment TIF Grant Coordinator AlNita Miller.  "Getting students and teachers to a new level of academic success is what this teaching and learning program is all about."

In Iberville Parish, the grant includes a nationally known

Teacher Advancement Program (TAP). Five of Iberville's ten schools will operate under TAP guidelines, offering all four TAP components, including pay for performance, while the other five schools will be considered BOOSTER schools where administrators and staff will only receive 1% of their base salaries.

As part of the new program, the Iberville Parish School

System (IPSS) announced the selection of Master Teachers who were recently chosen through a rigorous, competitive, rigorous selection process.

"These teachers are playing a crucial role in a new major educational initiative underway in Iberville Parish public schools," said Superintendent P. Edward Cancienne, Jr.

According to Miller, the master teachers selected have expert knowledge of their subjects, outstanding instructional skills and the ability to work effectively with others.

"These teachers are taking on additional responsibilities and authority, and will work a longer work year," she said.

Along with school principals, master teachers are part of the school's TAP Leadership Team and are responsible for setting specific annual student learning goals. They will oversee all TAP activities aimed at meeting the academic goals including extensive group and individual coaching and support. They, along with principals, conduct teacher evaluations tied to teacher performance awards.

The teachers who competed for the new positions submitted a video presentation based on a teaching strategy, and each participated in a rigorous interview with Iberville administrative leaders and members of the Louisiana Department of Education's TAP program.