Incentive Grants—Contract Provision

Educator Excellence Innovation Program


  1. Completes and submits a Notice of Intent to Apply to TEA by the date established by the commissioner of education;
  2. Complies with all assurances in the Notice of Intent to Apply and grant application;
  3. Participates in the required technical assistance activities established by the commissioner, including establishing leadership teams, master teachers, mentor teachers, and instructional coaches and developing career pathways;
  4. Agrees to participate for four years; and
  5. Complies with any other activities set forth in the program requirements.

Local Plan

Use of Grant Funds

  1. Implementation and administration of a high-quality mentoring program for teachers in the first three years of classroom teaching using mentors who meet the qualifications prescribed by Education Code 21.458 [see Mentor Teachers, below];
  2. Implementation of a teacher evaluation system using multiple measures that include:
    1. The results of classroom observation, which may include student comments;
    2. The degree of student educational growth and learning; and
    3. The results of teacher self-evaluation;
  3. To the extent permitted under Education Code Chapter 25, Subchapter C, restructuring of the school day or school year to provide for embedded and collaborative learning communities for the purpose of professional development [see EC];
  4. Establishment of an alternative teacher compensation or retention system; and
  5. Implementation of incentives designed to reduce teacher turnover.

Waiver Request

  1. Why waiving the identified section of the Education Code is necessary to carry out the purposes of the program;
  2. Approval for the waiver by a vote of a majority of the members of the board;
  3. Approval for the waiver by a vote of a majority of the educators employed at each campus for which the waiver is sought; and
  4. Evidence that the voting occurred during the school year and in a manner that ensured that all educators entitled to vote had a reasonable opportunity to participate in the voting.

Local Optional Teacher Designation System



  1. Must provide a mathematical possibility that all teachers eligible for a designation may earn the designation; and
  2. May not require a district to use an assessment instrument adopted under Education Code 39.023 to evaluate teacher performance.


No Property Right

Teacher Incentive Allotment

  1. Funds received were used as follows:
    1. At least 90 percent was used for the compensation of teachers employed at the campus at which the teacher for whom the district received the allotment is employed; and
    2. Any other funds were used for costs associated with implementing the local optional teacher designation system, including efforts to support teachers in obtaining designations; and
  2. The district prioritized high needs campuses in the district in using funds.


Mentor Teachers

  1. To the extent practicable, teach in the same school;
  2. To the extent practicable, teach the same subject or grade level, as applicable; and
  3. Meet the qualifications prescribed by commissioner's rules.


Assignment of Mentor

Requirements for Mentor

  1. Complete a research-based mentor and induction training program approved by the commissioner;
  2. Complete a training program provided by the district, which the district may allow to be satisfied by completing the commissioner's research-based mentor and induction training program above;
  3. Have at least three complete years of teaching experience with a superior record of assisting students, as a whole, in achieving improvement in student performance; and
  4. Demonstrate interpersonal skills, instructional effectiveness, and leadership skills.


Mentoring Sessions

  1. Orientation to the context, policies, and practices of the school district;
  2. Data-driven instructional practices;
  3. Specific instructional coaching cycles, including coaching regarding conferences between parents and the classroom teacher;
  4. Professional development; and
  5. Professional expectations.
  1. Designate a specific time during the regularly contracted school day for meetings between mentor teachers and classroom teachers assigned to a mentor; and
  2. Schedule release time or a reduced teaching load for mentor teachers and classroom teachers under this section to facilitate mentoring activities, including classroom observations or participation in supportive coaching.


  1. Mentor teacher stipends;
  2. Scheduled release time for mentor teachers and the classroom teachers to whom they are assigned for meeting and engaging in mentoring activities; and
  3. Mentoring support through providers of mentor training.

Achievement Academy Stipends

Autism Training

Retirement Incentives

Attendance Supplement

Iredell ISD



DATE ISSUED: 10/20/2021