Teaching in WCSD
2018-19 Nevada Teacher Hiring and Retention IncentivesThe Nevada Legislature has allocated funding and set eligibility requirements for incentives for certain teachers in hard-to-fill positions and/or in Title I Schools, One Star Schools and Two Star Schools for the 2018-19 school year. The amount received per teacher will depend on how many Nevada teachers meet the eligibility criteria. The amounts listed are the maximum payments teachers can expect to receive. Learn more about the Nevada Legislature's Education Initiatives for the New Nevada.
Highlights of the Programs:
- New hires at designated (Title I, One Star, and Two Star) schools and newly hired Special Education teachers at any school are eligible for up to $5,000 in new teacher incentives
- Post-probationary teachers transferring from a non-Title I school to a Title I school for 2018-19 are eligible for up to $5,000 in transfer incentives
- Highly effective, post-probationary teachers at one-star schools and teachers in hard-to-fill positions (Special Education, Early Childhood, ELL, and CTE) at any school are eligible for up to $1,500 in retention incentives if they remain at the same school for both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years
Class Size RatiosNevada State Requirements (Ratio of Pupils per Teacher)
Grades K-2 18 Grade 3 21 Grades 4-6 22 Grades 7-12 25These ratios are a district-wide average, so not every classroom or even every school is always under the ratio, but these are the state of Nevada's guidelines. Learn more about class size reduction in Nevada.
State law requires a three-year probationary period for all new teachers. Three formal observations and three written evaluations are required each year. The contract year for a traditional school calendar contract is 185 days.
Mentoring and Induction Program
All new WCSD teachers, whether they are new to teaching or simply new to the district, have access to a two-year mentoring and induction program, which provides mentoring tailored to each teacher's needs and training on how to access available resources in order to set our new teachers and their students up for success.
Inservice training goals include: ensuring instructional and professional competency; facilitating student achievement; encouraging optimum individual self realization; and promoting progressive educational spirit within the district. Advanced degrees, including masters and doctorates, may be earned at several local colleges and universities, including the University of Nevada, Reno, and Sierra Nevada College.
The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees has consistently followed the practice of promoting from within the district whenever possible.
Health, vision, dental and life insurance is provided at no cost to full-time contracted teachers. Part-time contracted teachers pay a percentage of their premiums. Teachers may purchase coverage for other family members.
Loan Forgiveness Programs For Teachers
If you're a teacher serving in a low-income or subject-matter shortage area, it might be possible for you to cancel or defer your student loans.
The teacher loan forgiveness program was created to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession, specifically in subject matter shortage areas and schools designated as “low income.” For more information on Teacher Loan Forgiveness, go to www.ed.gov and enter ‘teacher loan forgiveness’ in the search box.
The Teacher Cancellation Loan Income Directory (TCLI program), developed by the U.S. Department of Education, shows the low-income elementary and secondary schools that qualify teachers for cancellation under the Federal Perkins/National Direct Student Loan, Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL), and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (DL) programs. Go to www.tcli.ed.gov to see the schools which are designated as “low income.”
An excellent retirement plan is provided at no cost to certified employees. Learn more about the Public Employees' Retirement System of Nevada (NVPERS) here: https://www.nvpers.org/
Leave of Absence
Sick leave, sabbatical leave, maternity leave, personal leave, and Family Medical Leave are provided to the licensed employee in accordance with the Professional Negotiation Agreement between the Washoe County School District and the Washoe Education Association.
Washoe Education Association (WEA)Professional negotiations and an established grievance procedure have contributed to an amicable relationship between the association and the school district.
Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web-Accessibility
The District prohibits bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and/or retaliation in any of its educational programs/activities, employment, and employment opportunities. For the District's full Notice of Non-Discrimination statement as well as methods to address questions and concerns please visit our Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web Accessibility page.For more information, visit the Civil Rights Compliance Department page.