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Teacher Incentive Allotment

Teacher Incentive AllotmentRegion 7 ESC supports Region 7 districts and charters with implementation of teacher incentive programs. House Bill 3 (HB 3), passed by the 86th Texas Legislature in June of 2019, established an optional Teacher Incentive Allotment with a stated goal of a six-figure salary for teachers who prioritize teaching in high needs areas and rural district campuses.

Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA)

Additional Resources

Region 7 ESC TIA Support Page: “One Stop Shop
TEEMS can be used by Texas school districts to accomplish the following goals:
  • Manage Educator Evaluation data such as T-TESS, T-PESS, or McREL
  • Create customized Educator Evaluation Instruments using the TEEMS evaluation rubric builder
  • Manage Student Learning Objective (SLO) data using the TxCEE SLO Process
  • Calculate educator effectiveness ratings using multiple measures
  • Calculate performance-based compensation amounts using multiple measures
  • Support professional learning communities 
Teacher Incentive Allotment Contacts


The Region 7 ESC Teacher Mentor Academy is grounded in research-based best practices for adult learning and strategies for building effective mentoring partnerships. Throughout the school year, mentors will engage in a variety of training topics through virtual and face-to-face venues. Trainings include deep dives into the following topics: lesson planning and formative assessment, data-driven instruction, learning environment, coaching cycles, and effective mentoring partnerships.

To find dates and registration information regarding the Teacher Mentor Academy, please visit our workshop page.

Leadership Development

In a time when schools are being held accountable to the highest level of standards, strong leadership is critical for a school's success.
As principals develop their own professional knowledge and thinking, they gain a deeper appreciation of the conditions teachers need if they are to achieve and sustain improvements in the learning of each student. While teachers are responsible for ensuring that all students achieve to the best of their ability, they will be supported in their work by their principals' deep knowledge about teaching and lear


Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) is the Commissioner Recommended teacher evaluation system for the state of Texas starting in the 2016/2017 school year. Upon conclusion of the three-day face-to-face training, appraisers must successfully complete the online certification test to assume the role of certified appraisers.
T-TESS strives to capture the holistic nature of teaching – the idea that a constant feedback loop exists between teachers and students, and gauging the effectiveness of teachers requires a consistent focus on how students respond to their teacher’s instructional practices. The appraiser has a vital role in assessing teaching proficiency and ensuring that teachers and administrators derive reliable and meaningful information from the teacher evaluation process. By providing evidence-based feedback, appraisers help teachers and administrators make decisions that support efforts to improve instructional quality and student performance.
Before conducting an appraisal, an appraiser must be certified by having satisfactorily completed these state-approved requirements:
  • Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL) Certification
  • T-TESS Appraiser Training
  • Success on the T-TESS Certification Examination

Please visit the Teach for Texas website for access to T-TESS Rubric Training videos. These videos are designed to help you gain a deep understanding of each of the domains and the dimensions within the domains in order to effectively improve instructional practice.


The intended purpose of the Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System is to assess the principal’s performance in relation to the Texas Principal Standards. The evaluation should take place in a collegial and non-threatening manner. The principal will take the lead in conducting the evaluation through the use of self-assessment, reflection, and input gathered from various stakeholders with an interest in the leadership of the school. The evidence and documentation gathered by the principal is not intended to become a portfolio. Rather, it should provide a basis for self-assessment, goal setting, professional development planning, and demonstration of performance on specific standards. A standardized principal evaluation system will:

  • serve as a measurement of leadership performance,
  • guide leaders as they reflect upon and improve their effectiveness,
  • focus the goals and objectives of schools and districts as they support, monitor, and evaluate their principals,
  • guide professional development for principals,
  • serve as a tool in developing coaching and mentoring programs for principals, and
  • inform higher education programs in developing the content and requirements of degree programs that prepare future principals.


As the state of Texas implements the new Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS), administrators will benefit from training that provides support in the implementation of impactful strategies designed to improve instruction and student performance at the campus and district level. This is where Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL) comes into play.
 The AEL curriculum was developed by education stakeholders across Texas representing universities, education service centers, education preparation programs, and district leaders. The end result was a very interactive, three day training built on five foundational themes and seven distinct soft skills needed for effective leadership. This three-day engaging and research-based training is required for teacher appraisers along with T-TESS evaluation training.
 AEL provides administrators with required skills so that they are knowledgeable in curriculum and instruction, skillful in data gathering and analysis, and able to set goals. It also supports skill-building for conducting effective conferences, team-building, conflict resolution, along with mentoring and coaching. 
For additional information and to get started with AEL certification, please visit https://ael.educationTo find dates and registration information about upcoming AEL training at ESC 7, please visit our Workshop page.


SLOs are long-term goals for student learning crafted by teachers and administrators. Often working in teams with peer, school, and district support, teachers develop these goals to help define what success looks like for their students and plan backwards to ensure that instruction is purposefully guiding schools, teachers, and students toward a common vision of success.

The SLO process strives to bring together the varied pedagogical considerations a teacher juggle throughout the year – curriculum, instruction, assessment, adjustment, and evaluation. The SLO process encourages and prompts continual reflection and self-assessment so teachers can focus on aligning curriculum, instruction, and student performance.

To find dates and registration information about the SLO training, please visit our Workshop page.