WASHINGTON (WUSA) - The DC Public School System (DCPS) has launched a new initiative to recognize and retain outstanding teachers, announced Chancellor Kaya Henderson of DCPS on Wednesday.
The Leadership Initiative for Teachers program, or LIFT, functions on a five-stage career ladder that allows high-performing educators to advance inside and outside of the classroom. The DCPS is the first urban public school system to implement this sort of career advancement program for teachers, according to officials.
"Our teachers shape the future for our children," said Henderson. "At DCPS, we demand excellence from our educators and we work hard to honor and recognize them as the professionals they are. LIFT takes that one step further, making career advancement, a standard practice in every other profession, a reality for DCPS teachers."
Among the benefits of LIFT, teachers can advance up the career ladder and become eligible for additional compensation, with opportunities to earn more than $100,000 in five years, and more than $130,000 in seven years.