Step up the Salary Scale

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For most teachers, their yearly salary does not reflect their effectiveness in the classroom, the demands of the job, or the subject matter that they teach. Instead, most salary schedules reward “teachers for doing two things: teaching longer and taking courses.” While some districts may reconsider how they attract and keep quality teachers, most still use a salary scale.

A study done by Paul Bruno reflects the many different factors that can contribute to teacher salary such as years spent teaching, years taught in the same district, “furlough days” (insert shiver down your spine here), class sizes, and education. It is interesting to note that one teacher performing the exact same duties as another might be paid twice as much due to the factors mentioned above (namely education and years of teaching).   Bruno also points out that the economy and politics play important parts in determining salary schedules in each state and district.

Have you ever wondered if you could make more money as a teacher without leaving the job you love? While a teacher’s salary varies from state to state and district to district, the cost of living seems to continually rise. An article on Teacher.org states “obtaining additional post secondary education credits is a crucial step in maximizing salary benefits.”   They “highly recommend taking these additional classes to earn the additional credits necessary” to jump into the next tier. “You’ll substantially increase your lifetime earnings by focusing on increasing credits early on in your career.”

Some unions have gone so far as to help teachers calculate how and when to complete salary points for the maximum financial benefit. They point out that moving across the salary schedule has more than immediate effects. It can affect your retirement!

If you are ready to take the next step to move across the salary schedule and earn graduate units, be sure to take this advice from shmoop.com, “Be sure to check your contract and plan accordingly so you can make sure you’re earning those credits and qualifying for the associated pay raise. Also be sure that you know what documentation you need to provide to your superintendent’s office in order to get your raise.”

College Credit Connection offers teachers and other professionals the opportunity to earn graduate-level credits through Vanguard University of Southern California, which is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Learn in the format you like, at your own pace, and at an affordable cost (as low as $89/unit). Click here to browse the courses CCC currently offers!

 

Saving Money as an Educator

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Teachers give generously of their time, and more than often, their money. With school budget cuts and limited funds, teachers have to find ways to save money and be resourceful.   Here are some great ways to get the most bang for your buck and provide your students with an optimal learning environment.

 

Books

Looking to expand your classroom library? Thrift stores, garage sales, public library bookstores (Friends of the Library) and used books stores are treasure troves of good deals to help develop a love of literacy in your students.

 

Science Labs

Need to purchase equipment for science labs and experiments? An article on TeachHub gives you tips on where to shop, how to minimize and simplify your supply list, and who to ask for donations! Flex your creative muscle as you find ways to pinch the pennies and stock your classroom.

 

Furniture and Supplies

Before you go buy furniture, craft supplies, or anything else for your classroom check Freecycle, Craigslist or Ebay! Or ask your friends and family if they have the item(s) and are willing to donate to your classroom.

 

Graduate Units

Are you in need of more graduate units to move over your district’s pay scale? Making more money every year sounds good, doesn’t it? If you want to save money for your professional development, check out the affordable courses at College Credit Connection! Read the testimonials of teachers like yourself who have found the courses to be a great value and beneficial to their classrooms.

 

More ideas

These lists of the 20 Best Money-Saving Tips for Teachers and Teaching Strategies: How to Save Money have great ideas ranging from applying for grants to getting teacher discounts! They include links and great resources for the frugal educator.

 

Do you have a great money-saving idea to share? Are you inspired by one of these ideas? Let us know in the comments below!