Incentive Courses for 2020/2021

All Salem Teacher Union members are eligible to apply for a $500 incentive (in addition to the standard, $600 reimbursement) for taking courses in areas identified by the Superintendent as high-need priorities of the district. For the 2020-21 school year, the Superintendent has identified the following areas as high need priorities. STU members who successfully obtain pre-approval to take graduate-level courses from an accredited university that are aligned with the following priority areas will be eligible to apply for the reimbursement ($600) and additional incentive ($500).

The priority areas for courses taken and completed between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 include:

  • Early Literacy and Foundations of Reading. Courses may focus on topics such as
    vocabulary development, teaching writing, and other effective methods of developing early literacy skills for our youngest students.
  • Effective Instruction for Special Education. Courses may focus on effective inclusion methods and strategies, co-teaching models, classroom and behavior management, IEP writing, and/or strategies to support students with specific disabilities such as autism studies.
  • Effective Instruction for English Language Learners. Courses may focus on reading and writing for English Language Learners, methods for teaching ELL students (such as TESOL methods K-12), dual language pedagogy, and other ELL-focused topics that go beyond the minimum requirement for the initial DESE SEI endorsement. Courses that focus on issues of race and cultural competency in order to better equip teachers to equitably meet the diverse needs of all learners are also considered a priority.
  • Inquiry-Based Science Instruction. Courses may focus on effective methods for teaching inquiry-based science, content instruction for the sciences (within an educational program), and other topics that develop teachers’ capacity to teach science effectively.
  • Math Courses. Courses (within an educational program) may focus on developing teacher content knowledge and skill in using pedagogical approaches that focus on the major work of each grade and guiding students to develop solid conceptual understanding and a high degree of procedural skill and fluency and the ability to apply math to solve problems inside and outside the math classroom.
  • Spanish as a Language Development. Courses that increase a teacher’s ability to learn Spanish as a second language to facilitate improved communications with Salem’s Spanish-speaking students and families.
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