Million Dollar Teacher Project

PHOENIX, AZ   |  www.mdtproject.org

Mission

The mission of MDTP is to elevate the teaching profession through increased recognition, compensation and support.

Ruling year info

2016

Principal Officer

Lloyd Hopkins

Main address

2942 N 24th St Suite 211

PHOENIX, AZ 85016 USA

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EIN

81-3050329

NTEE code info

Labor Unions/Organizations (J40)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Education in Arizona consistently ranks near the bottom of all states in a number of student achievement outcomes. From graduation rates, post-secondary enrollment rates, to reading performance scores, Arizona's students continue to be outperformed by their peers nationally. MDTP seeks to improve these outcomes by addressing needs of teachers. The most effective teaching occurs after at least 2 years of classroom experience, yet 42% of Arizona public school teachers hired last less than 3 years in the field. Such high rates of turnover and attrition can be attributed to the lack of support for teacher from parents, administrators, and their peers. Teachers, especially those new to the field, struggle immensely without support from these groups. With the proper social support and professional development from their peers, teachers are less likely to experience burnout and quit the profession before they have hit their stride.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Take a Teacher to Lunch

The Take a Teacher to Lunch Program (TTL) brings fully catered lunches to teachers to celebrate and recognize their work in the classroom. We partner with local businesses to bring food and prizes to our luncheons. Since 2016, we have completed TTL in 13 school districts at 20 schools and have impacted 900 teachers and reached 27,000 students through our work with teachers.

Population(s) Served

In partnership with radio station Mix 96.9, we highlight a phenomenal teacher who is doing amazing work and transforming the lives of youth. Monthly, our One In a Million Teacher speaks with Matthew Blades on air, gets a 1-hour massage courtesy of Massage Envy and a 4-person party at Peter Piper Pizza.

Population(s) Served

MDTP leverages partnerships to place talented individuals in classrooms to lighten the load on educators. The team includes a technology specialist, student teacher, teaching assistant, and parent engagement specialist, successfully improving teacher morale and student performance.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Malala Yousafazi Education Equity Award 2019

East Valley NAACP

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Population(s) Served

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We work and have worked hard to keep ongoing relationships with our past, present and future supporters. (donors, sponsors, etc.)

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We believe that the most cost-effective and sustainable way to improve schools is to direct more resources and support directly to the teaching profession. With the right resources, schools will have the ability to attract great talent in to every classroom, making it so that every student is taught by a highly trained, qualified, and engaged teacher. In Arizona, teachers are undervalued and underpaid, and we hope to remedy this through our programming to see students and schools achieve higher outcomes across the state. To do this, we have identified the pillars of teacher support, recognition, and compensation. When teachers have the proper support systems, they are better prepared to guide their students toward graduation, and those students are more prepared to realize academic and economic success, creating stronger communities throughout Arizona. We want to see teachers who make progress toward these goals be properly recognized for their achievements, energizing them to continue their great work and encouraging them to develop it even further. One of the most important ways to do this is to compensate them fairly for their work. The Million Dollar Teacher Project was spurred by the idea of a teacher who could take home a million-dollar salary. While this may never come to fruition, we believe that educators deserve to earn more, and we will continue to champion efforts to see long-term, sustainable growth in teaching salaries.

MDTP has a number of programs which address the various needs of teachers. We developed the Classroom Support Team to lighten the load on educators by placing a team of 4 additional talented individuals in partnering classrooms. The Million Dollar Teacher Tree was crafted to allow community members to provide the supplies their teachers need to have more successful classrooms. To remedy inadequate compensation, we have started the In Teachers We Trust Endowment Fund which is used to support innovative strategies to increase teacher pay long-term. To recognize all the great things teachers achieve, we have also implemented the Take a Teacher to Lunch (TTL) Program and the Million Dollar Teacher Series. This series recognizes an outstanding teacher each month, giving them the chance to tell their story on Mix 96.9 and a prize package. TTL brings fully catered lunches and corporate-sponsored prizes to celebrate the achievements of teachers throughout the school year. Through these existing programs and the ones we continue to develop, we are taking a grassroots approach to supporting education. Our programs are designed to create these bonds between teachers and their communities where each are mutually invested in the success of the other. We aim to create communities that rally behind their teachers; where students, parents, administrators, and business-owners are invested in the well-being of their educators because they know this will directly translate to the success of their students.

Our biggest asset at MDTP is a wide network of support and dedicated internal team. We have a number of committed partners who aid us in our mission by offering their talent and resources. Arizona State University has shown great support by offering student engagement and capacity building expertise. Other organizations with whom we have partnered include Treasures for Teachers, Public Allies, and the Maricopa County Education Service Agency; not to mention the countless restaurants and businesses who offer incentives for teacher participation in our programs. Within our organization, we have a passionate team who are committed to seeing outcomes both in the field and in MDTP's offerings. Our vision for the reach of MDTP is immense, and we will continue to take steps to develop and refine our processes so we can meet those goals. With the right balance of ambition and prudence, we are seeing the success of our work, and we expect it to continue for many years to come.

In our short tenure, MDTP has seen much success in impacting teachers and students across Arizona. Since 2016, we have held TTL programs in 13 school districts at 20 schools, impacting 900 teachers and reaching 27,000 students. This directly translates to improved student outcomes, as there is noted improvement in the standardized testing performance of students who have seen the presence of MDTP in their classroom.

Financials

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Million Dollar Teacher Project

Board of directors
as of 1/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kristine Morris

Union Elementary School District

William Pankey

Juan Kingsbury