Texans Can Academies (Texans Can) is a network of 13 charter schools, serving students in ninth through 12th grade in five large Texas cities: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. All 13 Texans Can schools are high-need charter schools. Ten participating campuses have received priority school designation. All receive Title I funding to serve a total student body of which 4,446 are categorized as low-income and 90 percent are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Texans Can will leverage lessons learned from a 2-year state grant implementation. Project READY-2ExCel will establish an effective human capital management system (HCMS) and performance-based compensation system (PBCS) at each target school.
Schools & LEAs Served
Texans Can plans to create a pipeline of highly-effective teachers, leaders, and educators for students in ninth through 12th grade and to increase all students' academic achievement, graduation, and postsecondary outcomes by establishing a HCMS and PBCS at each target school. The grantee will evaluate the progress of the following core project activities:
- Create an advisory committee to plan, implement, and monitor an HCMS and implement and enhance the PBCS evaluation appraisal system.
- Review, develop, and modify transparent policies and procedures.
- Hire effective staff; appoint trained master/mentor teachers to guide teachers.
- Offer value-added, performance-competitive, differentiated compensation, incentives, bonuses, and salary augmentation.
- Implement professional development.
- Offer career pathways, promotions, retention, and hiring opportunities.
- Implement professional learning communities at all schools by executing a formal value-added and rigorous quasiexperimental evaluation with multiple measures performance such as student growth, classroom observation, teacher self-assessment, and student evaluations.
The project director will work closely with the HCMS/PBCS coordinator, instructional specialist, content and college/career coaches, master/mentor teachers, educators, partners, and the evaluator to ensure full implementation and oversight of the project.
- Dallas Can Academy Charter
- Dallas Can Academy Charter-Oak Cliff
- Dallas Can Academy-Carrollton/Farmers Branch
- Dallas Can Academy-Pleasant Grove
- Dallas Can Academy-Grant East
- Austin Can Academy
- Fort Worth Can Academy-Westcreek
- Fort Worth Can Academy - Lancaster Avenue
- Garland Can Academy
- Houston Can Academy-North
- Houston Can Academy-Hobby
- Houston Can Academy-Southwest
- San Antonio Can Academy
The proposed HCMS and PBCS address the most important element in a school: human capital, educators working to systematically increase skills and thereby increase student achievement. The grantee will approach educator effectiveness with a multifaceted, aligned approach for recruiting, promoting, supporting, evaluating and compensating teaching talent to enhance not only effectiveness, but also job satisfaction and collegiality, which directly affect recruitment and retention of effective teachers in high-need schools.
Project READY-2ExCel has allotted sufficient resources to offer salary augmentation and incentives to retain, reward and recognize highly-effective educators. Using the eligibility criteria, Texans Can will weigh performance assessment data according to the percentages determine by the final score of educators for differentiated levels of compensation performance bonuses for teachers, master and mentor teachers, nonclassroom teachers without state STAAR scores (e.g., librarian, P.E.), principals, other administrators.
The value-added, performance-based incentive pay for teachers will be up to $3,500 per year and up to $6,000 per year for nonclassroom teachers, educators, principals and assistant principals. Teachers and other educators (principals and assistant principals) performing at and beyond expectations will also be eligible to receive potential salary increases (4 percent annually).