The ROI of Teacher Compensation and Professional Development

[The following is an excerpt from TrustED®: The Bridge to School Improvement]

Teachers are the very essence of a school. If school leaders want high-quality programs with substance and measurable results, they need to look no further than investing in their faculty and staff. The Return on Investment (ROI) for competitive compensation packages and personalized quality professional development for teachers is significant.

For example, where faculty and staff paychecks are higher, so are levels of student achievement. Teacher compensation makes a difference in:

  • faculty engagement
  • motivation
  • satisfaction
  • retention
  • and continual personal and professional development

Well-compensated teachers have higher levels of confidence and trust in their school leader and are self-motivated and often self-monitoring to a greater degree regarding their impact on students.

Investing highly in faculty and staff members is a challenge in all school settings, especially for many Christian schools.

“I am aware of the potential impact on the typical Christian school budget… the average Christian school would at minimum need to double its budget if it chose to compensate its teachers on a level equal to that of the local public school. Few schools could easily manage that kind of adjustment to their budgets and the necessary impact on their tuition levels.” (Alan Pue, Rethinking Sustainability: A Strategic Financial Model for Christian Schools)

However, leaders who understand that teachers are the essence of their school do everything possible to invest in them and do everything within their power to make those kinds of budgetary adjustments.

Today, many believe that state-of-the-art facilities and resources are required for successful schools and high student achievement levels. Those support structures and elements certainly help – but the key to an effective educational program is always a highly qualified and engaged faculty and staff… [continue reading]




  1. I would say that in an elementary setting it would be quite consuming but with a lot of patience and tolerance it could be possible. After all we are better equipped nowadays!

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  2. It is good methodology and can be effective informal education system where we find mixed -age students but I don’t know how is it implementable and effective in a formal system of education in elementary schools

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    1. Note that vertical classrooms are being utilized in formal systems in education that are committed to research based best practices and modify their systems according to what is best for students and their learning.


  3. You are a gem. I absolutely love this article. I have seen great benefits of the vertical classroom, which I apply in a home school setting at and that I am now implementing in a large children’s home of 500 orphans and vulnerable children who are preparing to sit for Kenya national exams.

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  4. Thanks so much Toby. I will quote you often in my work going forward, especially the research about trusting relationships being the central component to effective education communities.

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