Community Training and Assistance Center

June 25, 2009

Dear Friends:

I am pleased to announce the publication of The Peril and Promise of Performance Pay: Making Education Compensation Work by Donald B. Gratz. Dr. Gratz is chair of the education department and director of the M.Ed. program at Curry College, and serves on the CTAC Board of Directors.

The Peril and Promise of Performance PayThe Peril and Promise of Performance Pay provides a comprehensive look at the history, assumptions, and recent experience with performance pay for teachers. It is an invaluable resource for school teacher and administrative leaders, policy makers, and citizens who would like to understand what's behind performance pay, what might work and what will not, and how to build a school improvement effort that includes teacher compensation as one of its strategies.

Differing markedly from ideologues who are increasingly dominating the discussion of performance pay, Don Gratz provides a breath of fresh air. As both a practitioner and researcher, he has a deep understanding of the cornerstones of effective performance pay and how this reform involves a fundamental shift in how we approach school improvement. In examining the current substance and historical roots of these issues, Gratz shows that the conventional wisdom of educational reform is often more conventional than wise. This book is a critical read.
William J. Slotnik, Executive Director
Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC)