Who We Are
About Youth Empowerment Services, Inc.
Through the USDOE TIF5 grant-funded Educator Effectiveness Process (EEP), Youth Empowerment Services, Inc. is the non-profit sponsor working together with charter school districts in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Phoenix to ensure all students have access to effective teachers.
YES is the nonprofit, 501(c)(3) partner and the fiscal agent for this Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) project.
EEP Project Overview [Audio clip - 6 minutes]
Grantee Spotlight @ the TIF Cafe: Claudette Yarbrough, Youth Empowerment Services
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Participating EEP Districts
Four local education agencies (LEAs), representing 100 percent of the organization's 16 campuses are partnering with YES to implement the EEP. All of the 16 schools qualify as high-need campuses.
EEP has been an extremely successful addition to each campus' comprehensive school improvement processes during the past six years.
As educator effectiveness has increased, so has the academic performance of the students. This project will add a human capital management system (HCMS) process to the evaluation system along with the currently existing performance-based compensation system (PBCS).
YES, Inc. is partnering with the following vendors to fulfill EEP priorities.
- Basis Policy Research (Program Evaluators)
- Batelle for Kids (Executive Coaching, HCMS, Other Professionals Evaluation, and Roster Verification)
- EdConnective (New Teacher Mentoring)
- EduTeks (Student Data and other technology SAS-EVAAS Value Added)
- Innovative Architects (Teacher Evaluation Data System)
- Insight Education Group (Superintendent Evaluation, Communications/Recruitment Initiatives)
- N2 Learning (New Principal Coaching)
EEP Project Design
The overall Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) 5 project goal includes using a multifaceted, robust, and relevant approach to add an effective HCMS to the existing PBCS evaluation to ensure that all students, especially special-needs students and English language learners, have equitable access to effective educators.
Three sets of individuals are critical to the successful implementation of the project: EEP staff; campus leadership staff; and the newly created LEA superintendent group, the Texas Education Equity System (TEES).
These groups will ensure that the project's timelines and deadlines are accomplished within budget and include clearly defined roles, responsibilities, specific timelines, and milestones.
LEAs(Local Education Agencies/Districts)
- George Gervin Academy (five campuses in San Antonio, TX, and one campus in Phoenix, AZ)
- Por Vida Academy (one campus in San Antonio, TX, and two campuses in Corpus Christi, TX)
- Positive Solutions Academy, San Antonio, TX (one campus)
- Southwest Preparatory Academy (five campuses in San Antonio, TX, and one campus in Seguin, TX)
Human Capital Management System (HCMS)
Through its HCMS, YES aims to facilitate equity compensation, rooted in the premise that well-compensated educators will continue to perform well and become more effective.
Currently, no LEAs are using an HCMS. YES will design the planned HCMS to replace the existing PBCS in two years, with a comprehensive HCMS based on effectiveness ratings for all educators including superintendents, principals, other district and campus leaders who support classroom teachers, and classroom teachers.
The planned HCMS will focus on:
(a) ensuring that the most effective educators are compensated at the highest level;
(b) ensuring that struggling educators get the targeted, data-driven assistance and support they need to become more effective; and
(c) ultimately to ensure that all students have effective educators in their classrooms.
The components of the HCMS:
- Professional Development
To ensure that effective educators are compensated at differentiated rates by the end of Year 1, all teachers, principals and superintendents will have completed all observations/evaluations, received all linked value-added data, and been actively participating in the PBCS with compensation for payouts based on the revised PBCS model.
Professional Development Systems
The intense focus on high-quality professional development is one of the strongest components of the Educator Effectiveness Process. YES manages professional development (PD) in three categories to better ensure that all educators have access to the PD opportunities:
(a) required, job-embedded, PD that occurs on-site at the campus level;
(b) mandated PD provided by the designated EEP personnel; and
(c) external PD provided by the local, regional service center, other external vendors selected through a required request-for-proposals process and subject-specific PD related to math, science, reading and writing.