Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program

84.374A and 84.374B

Discretionary Grants


The Teacher and School Leader (TSL) incentive program builds on the former Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) program and promotes performance-based compensation and comprehensive human capital management systems for teachers, principals, and other school leaders. Support of these systems in intended to catalyze improvements in a district’s human capital management system to drive increased student outcomes. In recognition of the importance that effective school leadership has on student achievement, TSL also promotes comprehensive Evaluation and Support Systems for all Educators within an LEA, especially those serving in high-need schools. By providing educators with performance-based compensation, including robust career ladder opportunities and a range of related educator supports-->>>>such as peer-to-peer coaching and job-embedded professional development-->>>>the TIF program aims to improve student outcomes by increasing educators’ effectiveness.

Types of Projects

The former TIF program has funded 131 projects to improve pay structures, reward effective teachers and principals and provide greater professional opportunities to educators in high poverty schools. The projects have served over 2,000 schools in more than 300 urban, suburban, and rural school districts in 36 states and Washington, D.C.

TSL will continue to award competitive grants to States, districts, or partnerships with non-profit organizations based on the core premise that educators have the greatest impact on student learning across various in-school factors. TSL grantees will use federal funding to develop and fund teacher leadership positions and incentivize teachers to serve in high-need schools. Projects may include:

  • Teacher career pathway programs that diversify roles in the teaching force;
  • Teacher career pathways that recognize, develop, and reward excellent teachers as they advance through various career stages;
  • Incentives for effective teachers who take on instructional leadership roles within their schools;
  • Incentives that attract, support, reward, and retain the most effective teachers and administrators at high-need schools;
  • Rigorous, ongoing leadership development training for teacher leaders and principals, leadership roles for teachers aimed at school turnaround; and
  • The creation of new salary structures based on effectiveness.

Contact Information

  • Gillian Cohen-Boyer, Program Manager
    Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program, OESE
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Ave SW
    Washington D.C. 20202

Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program