MEDIA RELEASE                 
July: 2017
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 new book by author Hans Andrews
who has been a secondary school teacher, school
administrator and community college president.  

  Andrews points out, that research has found merit  
pay  plans to fail and be withdrawn almost universally
over the  past 25-30 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. have 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.
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 student

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

45 percent
of the community
reported not  
having a

Praise Comments

  "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  

"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,

"The debate he
(Hans Andrews) 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 an
important to the school”

Stephen Thomson
MACE, review in
Professional Educator
College of Educators

Matilda Press .. 1-815-431-8934

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This book looks in-depth at why
'recognition'  best meets the intrinsic  
needs of teachers.

One award was   
the number
checked by
and faculty
leaders when
asked, "how
many awards
a year does
your K-12
school or college
award?" .