Our case studies provide in-depth looks at Opportunity Culture sites, and vignettes consider specific aspects of Opportunity Culture design. Check back often for more case studies and vignettes.
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Days in the Life: The Work of a Successful Multi-Classroom Leader—How do Opportunity Culture multi-classroom leaders fit into a typical week all their duties? This vignette and accompanying video follow Okema Owens Simpson, a middle school multi-classroom leader, through several typical days in which she provides what her teaching team needs most to get the best student results.
Pioneering Multi-Classroom Leaders—Four pioneering multi-classroom leaders at high-need schools in Charlotte, Nashville, and Syracuse discuss in these vignettes and accompanying video their views of their roles, actions they took to lead their teams, mistakes they made, and how they recovered.
How Principals Use Multi-Classroom Leadership in School Turnarounds: 3 Principals’ Experiences—In this series of vignettes and an accompanying video, three principals of historically low-performing, high-poverty schools tell what they saw as keys to making high growth at their schools by leading a team of multi-classroom leaders.
Pioneering Blended-Learning Teachers Reach More Students—In this series of vignettes and an accompanying video, two pioneering blended-learning teachers in Cabarrus County, N.C. explain how they structured their classes, learned from mistakes and made changes along the way, plus offer advice for other teachers.
How One Union-District Partnership Launched an Opportunity Culture details the collaboration between the Syracuse district administration and union in launching Opportunity Culture implementation, highlighting actions to consider and critical moments in the process.
The following case studies were written in the early years of the Opportunity Culture initiative. Some Opportunity Culture terminology has been updated since then.
Ranson IB Middle School Launches an Opportunity Culture looks at the early days of Ranson’s implementation of two Opportunity Culture job models—Multi-Classroom Leadership and Time-Technology Swaps—and how these Opportunity Culture models improved its recruitment and retention of great teachers.
Ashley Park PreK-8 Launches Multi-Classroom Leadership and Blended Learning addresses why Ashley Park chose to implement Opportunity Culture design using Multi-Classroom Leadership and blended learning through a Time-Technology Swap, and how the early days of implementation helped the school retain its best teachers.