Stretching One Great Teacher Across Many Classrooms

Published on NPR.org on March 37, 2015 by Blake Farmer

A stack of research suggests that all the classroom technology in the world can’t compare to the power of a great teacher. And, since we haven’t yet figured out how to clone our best teachers, a few schools around the country are trying something like it: Stretching them across multiple classrooms.

“We’ll probably never fill up every single classroom with one of those teachers,” says Bryan Hassel, founder of Charlotte-based education consulting firm Public Impact®. But, he says, it’s important to ask: “How can we change the way schools work so that the great teachers we do have can reach more of the students, maybe even all of them?”

Public Impact® is working with schools in Tennessee, North Carolina and New York to build what it calls an “opportunity culture” for teachers. It’s part of a broader turnaround strategy at schools like Bailey Middle Prep in Nashville….

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