In their vision document for the RESPECT initiative to re-design the future of teaching as a respected profession in America, teacher ambassadors for the United States Department of Education write: “A new vision of the profession would offer accomplished teachers multiple pathways to advance their careers without leaving the classroom. Development and advancement could occur at every stage of a teacher’s career, based on demonstrations of effectiveness with students and colleagues.”[i]
This is the vision of the participating schools and is reflected in the framework for differentiated teaching levels
as well as the plan to provide annual performance-based salary increases
. In this vision, the “Career Ladders” become Career Lattices” that open both vertical and horizontal growth opportunities for teachers within a school.