January 31, 2019, CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— In the latest round of funding for the state’s Advanced Teaching Roles pilot, the North Carolina State Board of Education awarded grants to three districts that will implement Opportunity Culture roles—Halifax County and Hertford County in eastern North Carolina and Lexington City Schools in Davidson County. These rural and […]
The Greensboro News & Record, January 14, 2019 by Jessie Pounds
After 10 years teaching English at Dudley High School, Ashley Ekwem-Thorpe had plenty of “Panther” pride, but also a desire for a new adventure. So this school year she applied for a new position advertised at Hairston Middle School, a feeder school to Dudley.
December 13, 2018, CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— In 2017–18, while only 27 percent of non-Opportunity Culture schools in North Carolina exceeded student learning growth targets, nearly double that—53 percent—of Opportunity Culture schools exceeded growth, Public Impact announced. Opportunity Culture schools in the state were also far less likely to fall short of growth targets—15 percent of schools […]
Multi-Classroom Leadership is the cornerstone of an Opportunity Culture. Teachers with a record of high-growth student learning and leadership competencies, known as multi-classroom leaders or MCLs, both teach part of the time and lead small, collaborative teams of two to eight teachers, paraprofessionals, and teacher residents in the same grade or subject to meet each MCL’s standards of excellence.
The Hechinger Report, November 29, 2018 by Tara Garcia Mathewson
Edgecombe County Public Schools in rural North Carolina has long had trouble filling all of its open teaching positions. Historically, there just hasn’t been enough interest among qualified candidates. But that’s changing.
Education Dive, November 20, 2018, by Allie Gross
A solution to teacher recruitment and retention may be hidden within a district’s staff, according to a new article in The Hechinger Report that details Opportunity Culture, a creative initiative where effective educators double as “teacher-leaders” and spend time coaching other teachers in a school.
The Winter 2018 edition of our newsletter for Opportunity Culture educators includes an announcement of the 2018–19 Opportunity Culture Fellows; facts about the research on Multi-Classroom Leadership; a spotlight on Opportunity Culture results in North Carolina; plus recent publications, news stories from around the country, and free tools and resources that you need now!
As a team leader, multi-classroom leader Jacqueline Smith sees progress with her team improved by how carefully she clarified her role to them from the start. This video is part of the Instructional Leadership and Excellence series. Learn more here.
Principal Jeremy Baugh discusses the need to set a vision immediately, backed up with support to reach ambitious goals. This video is part of the Instructional Leadership and Excellence series. Learn more here.
Principals must set the clear expectation that multi-classroom leaders (MCLs) will not get weighed down with extra duties, Principal Kelly Gwaltney says. This video is part of the Instructional Leadership and Excellence series. Learn more here.