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In preparation for the live, interactive webcast, registered participants will be invited to view online presentations that provide different perspectives on the current issue and/or problems associated with pay-for-performance. Presentations from the following experts will be available beginning May 7, 2007.
Jeff Buck, Denver Public Schools
Jeff Buck is the ProComp liaison to human resources for Denver Public Schools. Buck taught mathematics and science for seven years before taking a special assignment with the Denver Public Schools to support the implementation of the Professional Compensation System for Teachers (ProComp) three years ago. He is a teacher member of the Transition Team providing policy direction and oversight for ProComp and has been on the Denver Classroom Teachers Association board of directors. He served on the Commission on Secondary Reform for Denver Public Schools and on the Joint Taskforce for Teacher Compensation, the group that designed ProComp.
Congressman George Miller (D-California, 7th Congressional District)
Congressman George Miller (D-California) is the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, a post he was elected to in January. Miller was one of the four congressional authors of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. He lists among his top education priorities the effort to continue to improve teacher quality in public schools and additional funding for NCLB. Miller also serves as chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee and is a member of the House Natural Resources Committee.
Matthew Springer, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University and the National Center on Performance Incentives
Dr. Springer is a research assistant professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University, Peabody College. He also serves as the director of the National Center on Performance Incentives. Dr. Springer's research interests involve educational policy issues, with a particular focus on the impact of policy on resource allocation decisions and student outcomes. His current research includes studies of (1) the impact of performance-based incentives on student achievement and teacher turnover, mobility, and quality; (2) strategic resource-allocation decision making of schools in response to No Child Left Behind; and (3) the impact of school finance litigation on resource distribution. His research is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, Smith Richardson Foundation, and Texas Education Association.