Are you a teacher who is interested in making a difference where it’s needed most?
Canyons District is looking for teachers to lead an ambitious improvement program at the Midvale-based Title I school, Copperview Elementary. Interested teaching candidates have until 4 p.m. on March 1, 2023 to apply and, if hired, will be eligible for up to $24,678 in training stipends and bonuses over three years.
“Canyons District already boasts one of the most generous salary structures for teachers in Utah, but we recognize Copperview’s improvement plan will be a big lift that entails specialized training,” said the school’s Principal Colleen Smith. “This is a great opportunity for someone looking to grow as an educator.”
Candidates should be willing to commit to teach at Copperview for three years.
Copperview Elementary is in Comprehensive School Improvement status, a designation by the Utah State Board of Education for schools that are in the bottom 5 percent of the state’s Title I schools academically. Nearly 64 percent of the ethnically-diverse school’s students are economically disadvantaged and about 40 percent are English language learners.
“We have unique challenges, but also special strengths, foremost among them: a welcoming community and talented, tight-knit group of staff and faculty whose belief in their students is matched only by their commitment to seeing them succeed,” Smith said.
The improvement program carries a training component for which teachers will be paid based on their daily pay rate. It also comes with bonuses for meeting certain goals, including school-climate and student growth and proficiency goals in reading and math (see detailed breakdown below).
Teachers may also be eligible for USBE’s Effective Teachers in High Poverty School Incentive, which varies in amount each year and was valued at $7,000 in 2022.
Working for Copperview comes with other benefits as well. Canyons District’s five Title I schools follow the Community Schools model, which leverage community partnerships and social welfare resources to support families.
Copperview’s teacher-to-student ratio keeps class sizes small and the school is assigned extra administrators, instructional coaches, and student-support staff such as, psychologists, nurses, and social workers. All students receive breakfast and lunch free of charge and no tuition is required to attend the school’s preschool program.
Copperview families also have access to free English and computer courses at the school’s Family Learning Center.
“At Copperview we really are an extended family that grows and celebrates together,” Smith said.
Teachers will be paid to undergo eight days of professional development days at the educator’s daily pay rate. The yearly increase will range from $2,939 (increment level 1) to $4,826 (increment level 40).
Quarterly Stipends for Meeting Schoolwide Climate Goals
Up to $400 per year ($100 per quarter)
Stipends for Meeting Grade Level Proficiency & Growth Goals
Year 1 – up to $2,000 per year
- Math Growth – $500
- Reading Growth – $500
- Math Proficiency – $500
- Reading Proficiency – $500
Year 2 – up to $3,000 per year
- Math Growth – $750
- Reading Growth – $750
- Math Proficiency – $750
- Reading Proficiency – $750
Year 3 – up to $4,000 per year
- Math Growth – $1,000
- Reading Growth – $1,000
- Math Proficiency – $1,000
- Reading Proficiency – $1,000
Effective Teachers in High Poverty School Incentive – USBE
Additional opportunity to receive the Utah State Board of Education’s (USBE) Effective Teachers in High Poverty School Incentive (valued $7,000 in 2022, amount varies each year).