iHEAT

Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Incentives for Highly Effective Administrators and Teachers (iHEAT) Initiative

Incentives for Highly Effective Administrators and Teachers (iHEAT Initiative) is a performance-based compensation system (PBCS) designed to increase teacher and administrator effectiveness and, consequently, student achievement, in nine high-need schools through incentives and professional development. Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) is reforming the current teacher and principal salary schedules to include a differentiated salary schedule based on effectiveness. The iHEAT Initiative will provide additional financial rewards to teachers and principals rated highly effective and also compensate highly effective teachers who take on additional career ladder responsibilities.

Program Goals

The goal of the iHEAT initiative is to increase teacher and administrator effectiveness and, consequently, student achievement through incentives and professional development. The key project objectives are to:

  • Improve the quality of the Instructional Performance Evaluation and Growth System (IPEGS) observation and feedback process for instructional personnel in order to improve instructional performance and student outcomes;
  • Recognize and reward highly effective teachers and school leaders;
  • Provide relevant and timely job-embedded support and professional development to teachers and administrators to improve their performance to the Highly Effective level and earn performance incentives through the iHEAT Initiative PBCS; and
  • Provide relevant and timely job-embedded support and professional development for teachers who are performing below Effective levels (Developing, Needs Improvement, or Unsatisfactory) to improve their performance to Effective levels and meet the performance requirement for reappointment set forth in Florida statute.

  The iHEAT Initiative plans to reward teachers and administrators who achieve the status of Highly Effective on its educator evaluation systems

iHEAT Peer Reviewers

Highly effective teachers (26 total)  will have the opportunity to assume career ladder positions as iHEAT Peer Reviewers  and support iHEAT schools;  these iHEAT Peer Reviewers will receive a $5,000 incentive annually.

 Participating Schools

Nine high-need schools will participate in the iHEAT initiative:  Parkview Elementary; Hubert O. Sibley K-8; Alonzo & Tracy Mourning High School; Lawton Chiles Middle; Kensington Park Elementary; South Miami Senior High; Jorge Mas Canosa Middle; Bowman Foster Ashe/Doolin K-8; Leisure City K-8 Center.  Each school is high-need and not a current participant in any other TIF grant. Together, the schools serve approximately 12,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12. Each meets the federal definition of high-need with more than 50 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

Incentive Structure

Teachers who volunteer to participate (Participating Teachers) in the iHEAT initiative will be eligible to receive up to $2,500 in incentives for attaining the level of Highly Effective based on their evaluation scores.

Principals can receive up to $2,500 for receiving a rating of Highly Effective on the school site Management Exempt Personnel (MEP) evaluation. 

Participating Teachers will also be eligible for a $200 stipend for completing targeted professional development, up to four sessions.