Professional Pathways for Teachers (PPfT) is a collaboration between Austin Independent School District, Education Austin, and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) to design a Human Capital System that blends appraisal, compensation, leadership pathways and professional development.

Compensation for teachers is a high priority for Austin ISD. However, budget constraints have created a situation where teacher pay has been stagnant. With no true relief in sight, it is imperative to look at teacher compensation differently. The Professional Pathways for Teachers creates a new system in which teachers can choose a pathway that best suits their needs and aspirations while valuing high-quality teaching and professional development.

PPfT is a system that compensates professional growth and classroom expertise.  For the PPfT system, a teacher is defined as directly instructing students 50% or more of the instructional day and whose title is teacher in the HR system.

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