The following was included in TCTA's 2017-18 Survival Guide, the ultimate reference tool for Texas educators, and is current as of September 2017 but is subject to change.

The Educator Excellence Innovation Program (EEIP) provides competitive grant funding to districts to create comprehensive local plans that include innovative practices that target the entire timeline of a teacher’s career.

Grants for 2017-18 totaling $12.9 million were available only to 2016-17, Year 3 grantees. These grants were designed as four-year grant programs. 

Under the program, the district-level planning and decision-making committee develops the plan; the plan is submitted to TEA for approval. Applicants must demonstrate that affected personnel groups support both the decision to participate in the grant program and the general plan parameters.

Required practices in a local plan include:

  • recruiting and hiring new teachers and adopting early hiring practices
  • implementation of a high-quality mentoring program for teachers new to the district
  • implementation of a teacher evaluation system using multiple measures that include the results of classroom observations, the degree of student educational growth and learning, and the results of teacher self-evaluations
  • to the extent allowed under current law, restructuring the school day or school year to provide for embedded and collaborative learning communities for the purpose of professional development
  • establishment of an alternative teacher compensation/retention system and
  • implementation of strategic career pathways.

See also Salaries and Furloughs