Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: February 22, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412957403 | Print ISBN: 9781412956642 | Online ISBN: 9781412957403| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Differentiated staffing is the organization of school staff based on varying levels of experience and qualification. In a differentiated staffing structure, teachers and other instructional staff are assigned different titles and sometimes different pay grades based on their experience or degree of demonstrated effectiveness in the classroom. Also referred to as distributive or alternative staffing, and sometimes as “career ladders,” differentiated staffing models are premised on the idea that schools can improve the overall effectiveness of teaching staff by designing a staff structure that recognizes and maximizes the strengths of its best teachers. The design of most differentiated staffing models places fully licensed and credentialed teachers who demonstrate instructional success in positions as lead or master teachers. These teachers often act as mentor or coach to newer teachers or to those who have been identified as needing improvement. Pre-service teachers, others with little or no preparation or experience, or struggling ...