Texas Initiative to Add Paid, Financially Sustainable Opportunity Culture® Teacher Residencies Expands

July 22, 2021, CHAPEL Hill, N.C.—Bringing a fresh approach to teacher training, five more Texas school districts will be providing yearlong, paid teacher residencies on teaching teams led by excellent teachers in the 2021–22 school year, by implementing Opportunity Culture® roles in partnership with local universities and US PREP National Center (University-School Partnerships for the Renewal of Educator Preparation).

The national Opportunity Culture® initiative, led by Public Impact®, is now in more than 45 districts and charter school organizations in 10 states. Opportunity Culture® teaching roles extend the reach of excellent teachers and their teams to more students, for more pay, within recurring budgets. Two of those districts, Ector County and Midland ISDs in west Texas, began Opportunity Culture® implementation in 16 schools in fall 2020, placing 15 residents from the University of Texas Permian Basin on Opportunity Culture® teams. Ector County and Midland will expand this work to 18 more schools in 2021–22. Read the full press release…

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