Recognition vs. Merit Pay for Our   
      Best Teachers!        


Why recognition programs are more
meaningful and accepted by excellent
teachers versus merit pay plans
is the theme of this book by author
Hans Andrews

Andrews points out, that research has found
merit  pay  plans to fail and be withdrawn
almost universally over the  past 35-40 years

His research also found only  50 percent  of
the secondary and elementary
schools and less than 50 percent of the
community colleges in the U.S. had
instituted any type of recognition for their
best teachers.

Board members, teachers and their unions,
administrators and parents will find this    
book  provides a major pathway to improving
teacher morale and student outcomes.
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Andrews has been a secondary school teacher, high
school counselor, Dean of Students, Dean of
Community Services and Adult Education Dean and
Community College President.  
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Is there room for both 'recognition'
and 'merit - performance pay' plans?
While some countries, U.S., U.K., and  
Australia,  have been  moving into merit
and/or performance pay based upon improved
national or state  tests, there are many
other outstanding things that teacher and
others in the school systems do beyond
producing improved student testing
outcome scores.

In addition,
counselors, librarians, special
education teachers, physical education,  art,
technical and vocational educators,  
music teachers and numerous others do not
necessarily fit the ‘merit –  performance pay’
mold as they do not have national or
state tests for their students.   

One study of
23,500 K-12
teachers found
50 percent of
their schools
did not have
a teacher
awards or     

"Thank you ~ I had an
intro look and love your
philosophy. Teachers are as
their students, children
simply wishing for a kind
nod and recognition for
their hard and high-quality
work. Bless you for sharing.
This is a beautiful book for
professional development
and teacher-based

Dawn Ford, Alberta, Canada

Praise Comments

"Your book is a valuable
resource of well documented
arguments and pedagogic
case studies for School
Boards and other relevant
oveerseeing bodies
concerned with the
improvement of our schools'

Dr. Georgios Piperopoulos
Visiting Professor, Newcastle
Business School,, Northumbria
University, Newcastle, UK
Home:  Greece
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"The ability to stand before   
25-30 children, captivate
their  attention and motivate
their desire to learn is a gift
given  to
a  select group of people.   

Watching the success and  
growth of their students
motivates these individuals,
known as 'our teachers'.

Recognition, as demonstrated
in  Dr. Andrews' research
provides an opportunity for
growth for all  teachers in a
cooperative setting."

James R. Glazier
Principal, Caledonia, High School
Michigan, USA  
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"Properly structured   
recognition programs
greatly impact a
teacher's positive
self-concept and
The book contains
numerous case studies
and practical suggestions."

Dr. William Marzano  
Dean for Social Sciences,  
Education and World Religion,
Waubonsee Community College,
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"The debate he  puts forward
is perennially valid and highly
relevant in the current
Australian education landscape.
A school’s employees, in this
case its teachers,
need to feel appreciated and
important to the school”

Stephen Thomson
MACE, review in
Professional Educator
College of Educators
     Matilda Press .. 1-815-431-8934

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News about: Recognition vs. Merit Pay .. for our best teachers*   
This book looks in-depth at why
'recognition'  best meets the
of teachers and workers in most
It also documents how MERIT PAY has
failed almost everywhere it has been
tried in the past 35-40 years!

One award was   
the number
checked by
and faculty
leaders when
many awards
a year does
your K-12
school or college