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Excellent Teachers can change the trajectory of students' lives — especially in high-need schools.

The Excellence in Teaching Awards recognize teachers that make a true impact on the academic advancement of students in schools with the highest needs and celebrates the life-changing work of transformative educators at zero cost to our partner schools.

Excellent Teachers can change the trajectory of students' lives — especially in high-need schools.

The Excellence in Teaching Awards recognize teachers that make a true impact on the academic advancement of students in schools with the highest needs and celebrates the life-changing work of transformative educators at zero cost to our partner schools.

Why does the Excellence In Teaching Award exist?

  • Celebrate: Top performing teachers change the lives of their students
  • Reward: Currently, all teachers are paid the same regardless of their results

  • Retain: 3 consecutive years of outstanding teaching in a high-need school can close the achievement gap for kids

  • Attract: Teachers are 7x more likely to move out of a high-need school than move into one

  • Improve: Students in high-need schools often begin the school year 2-3 years behind

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How is the Excellence in Teaching Award Calculated?

The Meeting Street Excellence in Teaching Award is based on students’ classroom and personal growth. Illustrated in this PDF is an example of how the Excellence in Teaching Award is calculated using Ms. Smith’s classroom. Ms. Smith is a First Grade teacher who is responsible for instructing both Reading and Math to her students.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The educator that provides the bulk of instruction for the majority of the school year is typically the educator-of-record.  Unless the classroom is a true co-teaching model, this is usually the core classroom educator who is responsible for delivering, reading, and/or math instruction.  School leaders, usually the Principal, have decision-making authority (within these parameters) for making these determinations.

Setting up teacher-student rosters is one of the most important components of the Excellence in Teaching Awards. In order to calculate potential earnings, these roster relationships must be clear, and must be reviewed and approved by school and program leadership at several points during the year. Rosters are finalized in March. Every student with fall assessment results must be on an educator’s roster. Only in co-teaching situations should a student appear on two teachers’ rosters.

At this time, only elementary educators (K-5) of reading and/or math instruction are eligible.  That said, Excellence in Teaching Awards are just one part of the total compensation at Meeting Street Schools and its partner schools.  Each continues to innovate in the realm of total compensation, layering-in additional potential compensation opportunities that are available with different eligibility guidelines.

Considering multiple measures of student growth and advancement allows for greater focus and opportunity.  For the Classroom Growth component, the growth of the classroom as a whole is considered.  For the Student Advancement component, the progress of individual students is in focus.  Meeting Street has created “quartiles” as a way of benchmarking starting point, thus spotlighting the importance of differentiation for students that are furthest behind in reading and/or math.

When Meeting Streets School was founded by Ben and Kelly Navarro in 2008, it was always envisioned that sharing and scaling promising practices would be part of its mission.  Challenging the status quo of how educators have been compensated for a hundred years is not easy work, but Meeting Street has never believed that the easy path is the best path for our schools.  Because of the Navarro family’s generosity, initiatives such as the Meeting Street Scholarship Fund and the Excellence in Teaching Awards are made possible, thus allowing Meeting Street Schools to fulfill its mission.

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Interested in teaching in a participating school?

For the 2023-2024 school year, participating schools are:

Chicora Elementary

Hunley Park Elementary

Julian Mitchell Elementary

Stono Park Elementary

North Charleston Elementary

Pepperhill Elementary

W.B. Goodwin Elementary

Legacy Early College Elementary School

Legacy Early College Middle School

Legacy Early College High School

A.C. Corcoran Elementary School

Dunston Elementary School

Frierson Elementary School

Ladson Elementary School

Allendale-Fairfax Elementary School

Allendale-Fairfax Middle School

C.E. Murray Elementary School

Greeleyville Primary School

Hemingway Elementary School

Kenneth Gardner Leadership Academy

W.M. Anderson Primary School

North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School

Pinehurst Elementary School

Sanders-Clyde Elementary School

Meeting Street Academy – Charleston

Meeting Street Academy – Spartanburg

Meeting Street – Brentwood

Meeting Street – Burns

Meeting Street – Jasper & Beaufort