Building Better School, Together: Applying Change Management to Performance Pay Systems

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Organizational Leadership


Leadership and Organizations

First Advisor

Bea Jennings


Education, Public education, Change management, Performance pay


Colorado Springs School District 11 received a $15 million federal grant to implement TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement. The TAP System includes performance-based compensation, representing a major shift in thinking for teachers and District 11 personnel. The district currently uses a business plan to implement change initiatives, which is insufficient for a culture change initiative. This capstone used primary research data gathered from district employees regarding the shift to pay for performance, and secondary research on the successes and failures of other school districts in making this shift. Several different theories were investigated and this author used them to create a change management plan to assist District 11 in making this cultural shift. District 11's leadership adopted the change management plan in August 2011.

Publication Statement

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