Salary & Benefits
Teach Western Mass believes in the power of exceptional talent to improve academic outcomes for all our students. We work hard to compensate our teachers at a competitive level and provide a range of benefits that elevate the teaching profession.
Professional Compensation System
In Holyoke Public Schools and the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership, a new, innovative salary structure has been implemented to attract and retain great teachers. The Professional Compensation System is based on individual teacher effectiveness, professional growth, and academic growth of students.
Teach Western Mass teachers in Holyoke Public Schools or in the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership are employed by the local school district and are full union members. Teach Western Mass teachers in Charter Schools are not members of a local teachers union, but still receive competitive salaries and a full benefits package.
Professional Growth Opportunities
Exemplary teachers in Teach Western Mass partner schools have additional opportunities to grow as professionals, take on unique leadership roles, and earn additional income by doing so. Some examples of these roles across our schools include:
Master or Advanced Teacher
In Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership schools, exemplary teachers can apply to become a master teacher and serve as district-wide models of instructional excellence. In Holyoke Public Schools, exemplary teachers who earn Advanced Teacher status become school-wide models of instructional excellence.
At some Teach Western Mass partner schools, the leadership structure of the school includes one or more Dean positions that can be filled by teachers. Deans of Curriculum and Instruction (DCIs), like at UP Academy Kennedy in the Springfield Empowerment Zone, provide comprehensive support and coaching, allowing teachers to improve their practice continually. Another common Dean position is the Dean of Students. This position creates and leads a school climate that inspires both children and adults to be their best selves every day. With the support of a strong team, the Dean of Students helps teachers develop and implement behavior management techniques and ensures a structured, safe, and joyful environment for scholars.
Cohort leaders are teachers who serve as anchors for their grade-level cohorts. Cohort leaders model best practices, inspire their team to be rigorous and innovative, and help problem-solve around climate, academic, and curricular challenges.