Advanced Teaching Roles: Guideposts for Excellence at Scale

by | June 14, 2017

For the growing number of Opportunity Culture schools—and schools using accountable teacher leadership and other advanced teaching roles—Public Impact provides a new suite of tools. They guide districts and schools to achieve excellence in teaching and learning with these roles, like the very best Opportunity Culture schools nationally.

The tools are based on four years of data that illuminate what school designs and implementation actions work, and what do not, to achieve strong student learning and teacher satisfaction.

Opportunity Culture schools aim to reach many more students with excellent teachers, for more pay, without increasing costs—while providing much more support to all teachers. These schools aim for “Excellence for All”: high growth and advanced thinking skills for all students, allowing them to close gaps, improve their thinking skills, and leap ahead.

The new tools can help district leaders support and guide schools, school leaders choose smart advanced role designs and seek the right policy support from districts, and teachers and staff seek the right support from principals and districts:

School-Level Tools

  • School Design Map: This map helps schools choose advanced teaching roles and implement them in the right grades and subjects to achieve student and teacher success like high-growth Opportunity Culture schools. The map guides model choices and decisions about the speed of implementation, considering the school’s students, teaching staff, recruiting power, and funding. Every school redesigning staff roles should start here.
  • School Plan Review: This checklist reviews each school’s plan for fidelity to the five Opportunity Culture Principles and other factors important to student learning and teacher satisfaction. Teachers and staff need strong school plans to support their success with more students.
  • School Implementation Review: This checklist, a companion to the School Plan Review, provides a check-up on plan implementation, including more factors important to student learning and teacher satisfaction. Implementation strength helps teachers and staff achieve high growth and other positive outcomes with more students.

District-Level Tool

  • District Implementation Review: This rubric assesses the fidelity and strength of a district’s policies and actions important to teacher effectiveness and student learning in schools with advanced teaching roles. A district’s policies greatly affect the effectiveness, stability, and number of advanced teaching roles in a district and in each school. Principals, teachers, and school staff need strong district support to achieve success with more students.

School and District Tool

  • The Opportunity Culture Principles: This web page and two-page guide explain how the Opportunity Culture Principles help schools ensure that roles extending the reach of excellent teachers (and principals) to more students, and to their colleagues, are sustainable and effective.

When schools and districts stay faithful to all five Opportunity Culture Principles, strong student learning and teacher satisfaction result. While the tools are built for Opportunity Culture schools, any school with accountable teacher-leaders, and other roles that extend excellent teachers’ reach to more students, can use them.

Opportunity Culture districts and schools can compare themselves with others nationally on our dashboard, or contact us for customized reports and help achieving the full potential of advanced teaching roles.

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