ProComp 3.0 (Implemented August 2019)

  • The DPS teacher compensation structure (ProComp 3.0) supports, incentivizes, and recognizes your efforts to ensure Every Child Succeeds. ProComp 3.0 was developed jointly by DPS and Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA). You can learn more by reviewing the Agreement between DPS and DCTA

    Your base salary is determined by two factors: 

    1. the amount of relevant work experience you have; and 
    2. your education level.
  • Base Pay

    Teachers and SSPs: When you join Team DPS, you are set at a Step and Grade based on your relevant work experience and education level (2020 - 2021 DCTA Salary Schedule). Use the My ProComp Summary Tool to view your existing step and grade anytime (you will need your DPS credentials to log in to the tool). If you are new to DPS or DCTA, you can use the ProComp Salary Tool to estimate your starting salary. View the DCTA Teacher, SSP, and Associate teacher MOU here. 

    As you continue your career with DPS, you have opportunities to increase your base salary by earning a step or moving a grade.

    Associate Teachers: Associate teachers are licensed teachers going through a 1-year training program. Because it is limited to 1-year, these positions are not eligible for step or grade increases. When you join Team DPS, your initial salary will be set at $40,333 (SY20-21). After your 1-year program, if you choose to fill a teaching position with DPS, you will be placed on the DCTA step and grade schedule and a new salary will be set. 

    Earning Step Increases

    A step increase (or vertical movement down the salary schedule) is earned annually, after completing the school year with a qualifying performance rating. It is applied at the beginning of the next school year (August 1). You do not need to request a step increase, it is processed automatically by the Compensation department. There are 20 available steps per grade level. 

    DCTA Step Increases: General Eligibility Guidelines

    To earn the step increase, you must meet all eligibility guides and receive an evaluation rating of Approaching, Effective, or Distinguished on your annual evaluation (such as the Leading Effective Academic Practice (LEAP) program, the Leadership Excellence and Development (LEAD) program, or other evaluation program) and the SSP Growth and Performance System (SSP GPS).

    Important Note for 2019 - 2020 ratings:
    Due to COVID-19, the performance review was optional in school year 2019 - 2020.
    If you received a
    No Rating, this will still count as a qualified rating and you will earn a step.
    You do not need to request a step, it will be processed automatically at the beginning of the 2020 - 2021 school year (August 1). 

    Earning Longevity

    Longevity is earned after you have been in a DCTA position for 10 of the last 15 years. After completion of your tenth year, you will be eligible for a Longevity Grade Change in addition to your annual step increase. For example, if you are in the MA + 18 Grade, then after the tenth year you will be moved to the MA + 36 grade. 

    To earn the longevity increase, you must meet all eligibility guides and receive an evaluation rating of Approaching, Effective, or Distinguished on your annual evaluation (such as the Leading Effective Academic Practice (LEAP) program, the Leadership Excellence and Development (LEAD) program, or other evaluation program) and the SSP Growth and Performance System (SSP GPS).

    Earning Grade Movement

    A grade change (or horizontal movement across the salary schedule) is earned by achieving higher education; completing Professional Development Units (PDUs) provided by DPS; working 10 years as a teacher in DCTA; earning an advanced license/certificate; or becoming a National Board Certified Teacher.

    Submit Your Grade Change

    Review the User Guide carefully, which outlines the information you will need to complete your submission, including all documentation for each type of change to either increase your base pay or receive a lump sum payout.

  • Professional Development Unit (PDU) Lump Sum Payouts

    Teachers and SSPs that have completed ProComp eligible PDUs but are not eligible for a grade change, may receive a $1,000 lump sum payment pro-rated by FTE per ProComp eligible PDU. 

    To receive a payout, you must submit a ProComp request form by logging into Employee Space in the Employee Action Center. Follow the User Guide to submit your request for a lump sum payout. Once approved, the lump sum will be paid on your paycheck no later than 30 days following approval.

  • Incentives

    DPS is committed to serving the whole child, closing the education gap, and giving you an opportunity for growth. Our incentives are focused on bringing the best teachers and SSPs to those students who face the most challenges. You can earn incentives based on where you teach and the type of assignment you take. The ProComp 3.0 General Eligibility Guidelines outline all incentives. 

    • Hard to Staff Incentive

      • You can earn $83.33 per paycheck ($2,000 annually) for working full-time in positions that have been determined to be Hard to Staff. 
      • These positions are determined by the ProComp Implementation Team, which is composed of six district members and six DCTA members. Each spring, the ProComp Implementation Team uses district staffing data and local/national labor market data to determine the Hard to Staff positions for the following school year. 

    • Title I Incentive

      • You can earn $83.33 per paycheck ($2,000 annually) for working full-time at a school designated as Title I. 
      • Title I school designations are set by the district and are based on the percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (FRL). Some schools that do not meet the FRL guidelines but still serve a Title I student population (such as ECE or Pathways schools) are included in the district’s published Title I School List and eligible for Title I incentives. 
      • Eligibility for the incentive may change annually based on the school’s Title I designation. Information on Title I guidelines are located on the Federal Programs site

    • Highest Priority Retention Incentive

      • You can earn a $3,000 lump sum payout by returning to a Highest Priority School
      • Highest Priority schools are updated each spring to take effect at the start of the following school year in August. 
      • The incentive is paid out in the fall.
    • Distinguished Schools Incentive
      • Your school can apply for the Distinguished Schools incentive - a lump sum payout of $750 to each member of your team. The incentive is paid out on the first paycheck in June each year.
      • To qualify, your school submits the  Whole Child - Distinguished School Application to compensation@dpsk12.org by 5:00 p.m. on April 30. Schools can  win the incentive once every three years. 
      • Ten schools may receive the Distinguished Schools Incentive for their work supporting the whole child. The ProComp Implementation Team, composed of district and DCTA members, designates winners based on: 
        • Health Education
        • Physical Education and Physical Activity
        • Nutrition Environment and Services
        • Health Services
        • Counseling, Psychology, and Social Support Services
        • Physical Environments
        • Social and Emotional School Climate
        • Physical Environment
        • Employee Wellness
        • Family Engagement
        • Community Involvement
        • Support for students in historically marginalized groups
      •  View the 2019 - 2020 Whole Child Distinguished Schools 

      • Teacher Leadership Stipend

        • You can earn more by serving in formal teacher leadership roles under the Teacher Leadership & Collaboration (TLC) model. Eligible roles include Senior Team Leads, Team Leads, Team Specialists, Regional Team Specialist, and New Teacher Ambassadors.
        • Stipend amounts vary by role.  All payouts are based on working full-time.
          • Senior Team Leads (STLs) earn $275 per paycheck for ten months ($5,500 annually). Payments begin September 22, with the last payment received on July 7.
          • Team Leads (TLs) earns $165 per paycheck for ten months ($3,300 annually). Payments begin on September 22, with the last payment received on July 7. 
        • Teachers must be in the role and in a payable status (active or on a paid FMLA leave) on December 1 and May 1 to receive stipend amounts:
          • Team Specialists earn $1,650 annually ($825 received on December 22 and May 22 paychecks)
          • Regional Team Specialists earn $1,650 annually ($825 received on December 22 and May 22 paychecks)
          • New Teacher Ambassadors earn $880 annually ($440 received on December 22 and May 22 paychecks)

    • Tuition and Student Loan Reimbursement

      You may be eligible for student loan and tuition reimbursements, up to $1,000 per school year and $6,000 total per lifetime. Specific eligibility and payment guidelines apply.

      To receive payment, fill out this formSpecific eligibility and payment guidelines are outlined on the Tuition and Student Loan Reimbursement Form (Adobe Acrobat Reader required for electronic signature). Forms are due to Payroll by the end of each month in order to be paid on the following month's second paycheck. The deadline to apply reimbursement credit to the 2020-2021 school year maximum is July 31, 2021.

    • Base Pay

      When you join Team DPS, you are set at a Step and Grade based on your relevant work experience and education level. ESLI Salary Guide Placement in a grade is determined by your education level, while placement on a step is related to your years of applicable experience. View the ESLI MOU here. 

      Earning Step Increases

      Step increases (vertical movement down the salary schedule) are earned annually by receiving a rating of Approaching, Effective, or Distinguished during your annual review process. 

      Earning Grade Movement

      You can change grades (horizontal movement along the salary schedule) by achieving a graduate degree (master’s or doctoral degree) in a field related to education, linguistics, or communications. You may also be eligible for grade movement with approved certificate programs. 

    • Incentives

      ESLI Team Leadership Roles: you’re eligible if you serve in ESLI leadership roles such as Senior Team Lead or Team Lead. 

      • 2020 - 2021 Incentive Amounts (for full-time):
        • Senior Team Lead: $5,500 - paid in equal installments throughout your contract year
        • Team Lead: $3,300 - paid in equal installments throughout your contract year

      • Tuition and Student Loan Reimbursement

        You may be eligible for student loan and tuition reimbursements, up to $1,000 per school year and $6,000 total per lifetime. Specific eligibility and payment guidelines apply.

        To receive payment, fill out this formSpecific eligibility and payment guidelines are outlined on the Tuition and Student Loan Reimbursement Form (Adobe Acrobat Reader required for electronic signature). Forms are due to Payroll by the end of each month in order to be paid on the following month's second paycheck. The deadline to apply reimbursement credit to the 2020-2021 school year maximum is July 31, 2021.

      • Base Pay

        When you join Team DPS, you are set at a Step and Grade based on your relevant work experience and education level. CTE Salary Guide Placement in a grade is determined by your education level, while placement on a step is related to your years of experience. View the CTE MOU here. 

        Earning Step Increases

        Step increases (vertical movement down the salary schedule) are earned annually by receiving a rating of Approaching, Effective, or Distinguished during your annual performance review process. 

        Earning Grade Movement

        You can change grades (horizontal movement along the salary schedule) by achieving higher education (such as bachelor’s or master’s degrees), completion of district provided Professional Development Units, or by earning an approved industry authorization.

      • Incentives and Stipends

        DPS is committed to serving the whole child, closing the education gap, and giving you an opportunity for growth. Our incentives are focused on bringing the best CTE instructors to those students who face the most challenges. You can earn incentives based on where you teach and the type of assignment you take. The ProComp 3.0 General Eligibility Guidelines outline all incentives. 

        • Concurrent Enrollment
          • For each concurrent enrollment class that is taught, you may be eligible for a Concurrent Enrollment Incentive. This past school year, CTE instructors received $500 per concurrent enrollment class taught. **Terms of this incentive are open for negotiation with DCTA. Updates will be posted to this page. 

        • Title I Incentive

          • You can earn $83.33 per paycheck ($2,000 annually) for working full-time at a school designated as Title I. 
          • Title I school designations are set by the district and are based on the percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (FRL). Some schools that do not meet the FRL guidelines but still serve a Title I student population (such as ECE or Pathways schools) are included in the district’s published Title I School List and eligible for Title I incentives. 
          • Eligibility for the incentive may change annually based on the school’s Title I designation. Information on Title I guidelines are located on the Federal Programs site

        • Highest Priority Retention Incentive
          • You can earn a $3,000 lump sum payout by returning to a Highest Priority School
          • Highest Priority schools are updated each spring to take effect at the start of the following school year in August. 

        • Distinguished Schools Incentive
          • Your school can apply for the Distinguished Schools incentive - a lump sum payout of $750 to each member of your team. The incentive is paid out in the first paycheck in June each year.
          • To qualify, the school completes the Whole Child - Distinguished School Application and submits it to compensation@dpsk12.org by 5:00 p.m. on April 30. Schools can only win the incentive once every three years. 
          • Ten schools may receive the Distinguished Schools Incentive for their work supporting the whole child. The ProComp Implementation Team, composed of district and DCTA members, designate winners based on: 
            • Health Education
            • Physical Education and Physical Activity
            • Nutrition Environment and Services
            • Health Services
            • Counseling, Psychology, and Social Support Services
            • Physical Environments
            • Social and Emotional School Climate
            • Physical Environment
            • Employee Wellness
            • Family Engagement
            • Community Involvement
            • Support for students in historically marginalized groups
          •  View the 2019 - 2020 Whole Child Distinguished Schools

      • Professional Development Units (PDUs)

         You may be eligible for a grade change after completion and approval of six (6) PDUs.

      • Tuition and Student Loan Reimbursement

        You may be eligible for student loan and tuition reimbursements, up to $1,000 per school year and $6,000 total per lifetime. Specific eligibility and payment guidelines apply.

        To receive payment, fill out this formSpecific eligibility and payment guidelines are outlined on the Tuition and Student Loan Reimbursement Form (Adobe Acrobat Reader required for electronic signature). Forms are due to Payroll by the end of each month in order to be paid on the following month's second paycheck. The deadline to apply reimbursement credit to the 2020-2021 school year maximum is July 31, 2021.

      • Base Pay

        JROTC instructors are not on a step and grade schedule. Rather, Base Pay is set by Cadet Command in the US Military. They determine your salary based on your rank, years in service, and your retired pay.  

        Increasing Your Base Pay

        • Longevity: you may be eligible for a $2,000 one-time, base pay increase for longevity after you’ve been in a DCTA role for ten of the last fifteen years.
        • Advanced Degrees: when you achieve an advanced degree (such as master’s or doctorate), you are eligible for another one-time $2,000 base pay increase.

      • Incentives and Stipends

        DPS is committed to serving the whole child, closing the education gap, and giving you an opportunity for growth. Our incentives are focused on bringing the best JROTC instructors to those students who face the most challenges. You can earn incentives based on where you teach and the type of assignment you take. The ProComp 3.0 General Eligibility Guidelines outline all incentives. 

        • Title I Incentive
          • You can earn $83.33 per paycheck ($2,000 annually) for working full-time at a school designated as Title I. 
          • Title I school designations are set by the district and are based on the percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (FRL). Some schools that do not meet the FRL guidelines but still serve a Title I student population (such as ECE or Pathways schools) are included in the district’s published Title I School List and eligible for Title I incentives. 
          • Eligibility for the incentive may change annually based on the school’s Title I designation. Information on Title I guidelines are located on the Federal Programs site

          • Highest Priority Retention Incentive
            • You can earn a $3,000 lump sum payout by returning to a Highest Priority School
            • Highest Priority schools are updated each spring to take effect at the start of the following school year in August. 

          • Distinguished Schools Incentive
            • Your school can apply for the Distinguished Schools incentive - a lump sum payout of $750 to each member of your team. The incentive is paid out on the first paycheck in June each year.
            • To qualify, you must fill out the Whole Child - Distinguished School Application and submit to compensation@dpsk12.org by 5:00 p.m. on April 30. Schools can only win the incentive once every three years. 
            • Ten schools may receive the Distinguished Schools Incentive for their work supporting the whole child. The ProComp Implementation Team, composed of district and DCTA members, designate winners based on: 
              • Health Education
              • Physical Education and Physical Activity
              • Nutrition Environment and Services
              • Health Services
              • Counseling, Psychology, and Social Support Services
              • Physical Environments
              • Social and Emotional School Climate
              • Physical Environment
              • Employee Wellness
              • Family Engagement
              • Community Involvement
              • Support for students in historically marginalized groups
            •  View the 2019 - 2020 Whole Child Distinguished Schools

        • Tuition and Student Loan Reimbursement

          You may be eligible for student loan and tuition reimbursements, up to $1,000 per school year and $6,000 total per lifetime. Specific eligibility and payment guidelines apply.

          To receive payment, fill out this formSpecific eligibility and payment guidelines are outlined on the Tuition and Student Loan Reimbursement Form (Adobe Acrobat Reader required for electronic signature). Forms are due to Payroll by the end of each month in order to be paid on the following month's second paycheck. The deadline to apply reimbursement credit to the 2020-2021 school year maximum is July 31, 2021.

        • How do I submit a grade change?

          Follow the User Guide to submit your grade change request in Infor. Review carefully for an outline of the information you will need to complete your submission, including all documentation for each type of change to either increase your base pay or receive a lump sum payout.

        • Can I submit credits as I complete them or do I need to wait until I have enough for a grade change?

          It is recommended that you wait until you have enough credits to complete the grade change.

        • Can I use a PDU that I took before I was a teacher (in another Bargaining Unit) for a grade change?

          No. PDU's taken as a non-DCTA employee are not eligible when you move into DCTA.

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