Teacher FAQ

Who makes decisions regarding instructional program, budget, and staffing?

All of our schools have a high level of autonomy over instruction, budget, staffing, and accountability, and teacher leaders have an important voice in shaping these decisions.

What professional development opportunities are available at EFC?

Every teacher receives an individualized development plan that can include individualized coaching, release time to observe other teachers and visit other schools, and participation in workshops and conferences.  All teachers collaborate in grade level teams, do grade-level and cross-grade observations, participate in weekly site-level professional development, in organization-wide professional development, and in data-based cycles of inquiry.

What support does EFC offer new teachers?

New teachers receive two years of intensive coaching from full-time Induction Coaches, an additional week of summer professional development,  and additional release time to observe other teachers.

What’s the compensation and benefits package?

EFC’s salary and benefits package  is one of the most competitive in the Bay Area.

What is your teacher retention rate?

The average EFC teacher has been with the organization for 5 years.  The organization is 10 years old.

 photo3 expoWhat does collaboration look like at EFC?

Grade-level teams collaborate weekly to share classroom culture and instructional practices, plan lessons, and design student interventions. In addition, the EFC teacher work calendar includes 10 collaborative planning/professional development days spread throughout the school year, as well as several collaborative data analysis days that facilitate grade-level team reflection and data-based planning.

What are EFC’s teacher leadership opportunities?

EFC is working on an innovative teacher leadership pipeline program where teachers are acknowledged and rewarded as demonstration teachers, mentor teachers, coaches, grade-level facilitators, professional developers, and curriculum developers.  Every site has an instructional leadership team and additional site-based leadership opportunities. Organization-wide, teacher leaders participate on the Staff Leadership Council, the Data Champions team, and ad hoc strategic teams like the Teacher Evaluation Working Group, Assessment Working Group, and Teacher Compensation Working Group. EFC also supports teacher leaders to take part in leadership development programs such as Emerging Leaders and NAATE.