Field Trip: The $15,000 Prize

A financial incentive to reduce the number of personal days teachers take? Here’s the story of one district’s efforts to save money, improve instruction and minimize teacher absences.

Dr. Cecelia McLoon is the Human Resources Director at Jeff Davis County Schools in Georgia. In today’s episode, she discusses the financial incentive they’re offering to any teacher with fewer than four absences, how it’s going over with their employees, and the impact they’re seeing already. We also ask her about:

  • The data they use to get a better picture of teacher absence and attendance
  • How teachers and staff view the effect their absences have
  • The financial savings they anticipate
  • What they’ll change, and if they’ll try something similar next year