TEP's 5 key areas of savings are as follows:
1. TEP's instructional supervisors are also teachers. TEP's Middle School Director also serves as the school's 8th grade math teacher. TEP's Assistant Middle School Director is also the 5th Grade Social Worker. TEP's teacher mentors handle full teaching loads.
2. TEP does not incur significant professional development fees required to pay teachers or to purchase professional development materials or services. TEP’s Professional Development model is not a separately funded add-on to the teacher’s working life (e.g. a series of half-day workshops conducted by an outside expert or a district administrator). Instead, every TEP teacher’s work-day, work-year (including the Summer Development Institute), and career arc are, in-and-of themselves, a fully integrated professional development structure.
3. TEP does not contract out core Instructional Services to educational consultants or other organizations. TEP believes that since teaching is any school’s core competency, outsourcing certain instructional services will, in the long-run, be less cost-effective and educationally sound than investing in TEP teachers to provide these same services.
4. TEP does not employ a variety of administrative and support staff such as a dean of discipline, data managers, or parent coordinators; instead each TEP teacher leads one whole-school process, program or project. For example, there are 4 Grade-Level Leads, 2 Teacher Mentors, and 2 Student Activities Coordinators. By structuring time for this school-wide leadership into its teachers’ work days, TEP aims to empower teachers to build supportive organizational structures that foster an integrated and sustainable relationship between TEP and a student and his or her family. Instead of navigating a variety of specialized school personnel, a student and her family form meaningful relationships with that student’s teachers.
5. TEP does not incur significant personnel costs for extended-day and other student activities, since these are led and staffed by TEP teachers. After the academic portion of the school day ends, each TEP teacher leads an extended-day activity for students. As extra-curricular activities provide students with out-of-classroom opportunities that are essential to their growth, it is vital that teachers “see” and work with students in out-of-classroom contexts. The TEP teacher-led extended-day program runs daily from 3 to 4 PM.