Human Resources and Educator Quality
Best & Brightest Scholarship Information

New information for the 2019-2020 school year

Best & Brightest Teacher Program
 
The state of Florida funds the Best and Brightest Teacher Program (F.S. 1012.731), which is designed to recruit, retain, and recognize high achievers in the teaching profession who have achieved success in the classroom. Also funded is the Best and Brightest Principal Program to identify and award school principals whose schools make noticeable academic improvement (F.S. 1012.732). Below are this year's potential bonus amounts:
 
Award Potential Bonus Amount* Eligibility Criteria
Recruitment Up to $4,000 per teacher

Newly hired Classroom teacher AND a Content Expert in math, science, computer science, reading, or civics

Retention (Highly Effective) Up to $2,500 per teacher

Classroom teacher who has taught at a Qualifying School for 2 years AND received an evaluation rating of Highly Effective in 18-19

Retention (Effective) Up to $1,000 per teacher

Classroom teacher who has taught at a Qualifying School for 2 years AND received an evaluation rating of Effective in 18-19

Principal Up to $5,000 per principal

Principal who has worked at a Qualifying School for 4 years

Recognition Amount to be determined after all other awards are paid

Instructional personnel who received an evaluation rating of Effective or Highly Effective in 18-19

*Final amounts will be adjusted for both employer and employee payroll taxes. Final amounts may also be prorated based on the total number of eligible Pasco employees and available funds.


Definitions

The District is currently working though the statutory language and guidance from DOE to determine the precise definition of this term.

Defined in Florida Statute 1012.01(2)(a) as K-12 staff members assigned the professional activity of instructing students in courses in classroom situations, including basic instruction, exceptional student education and career education. Not included in this definition are staff members classified as non-classroom teachers like student service personnel, instructional coaches, resource teachers, etc. Note: Pre-K and Adult Ed teachers are excluded by definition in statute.

(1) Earned a Master’s degree in one of the specified content areas OR

(2) Earned a Bachelor’s degree in one of the specified content areas AND has 5 years of teaching or work experience in the associated area.

Refer to Rule 6AER19-01 for specific information.

A school that has improved an average of 3 percentage points or more in the percentage of total possible points achieved for determining school grades over the prior 3 years. The FDOE will release a list of eligible schools for the retention and principal awards following resolution of school grades appeals.

K12 positions that are included in the Instructional bargaining unit. However, you are NOT required to be a member of USEP. Please note: Pre-K and Adult Ed teachers are excluded by statute from all parts of this program and do not qualify for any award.


Questions?

Email bestandbrightest@pasco.k12.fl.us and include “Question” in the subject line
OR
Call 813.794.2316


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