In our September 2023 newsletter, we celebrate 10 years of Opportunity Culture impact; unveil our revamped website; congratulate several Opportunity Culture districts on recent recognition; share tools, videos, and social media highlights; and introduce the newest Public Impact team members. Read the September 2023 newsletter here.
We’re celebrating Opportunity Culture’s 10th Anniversary with a few words from Public Impact’s co-presidents about the first decade’s impact on students and teachers. Become an Opportunity Culture district to be part of the next decade’s impact!
From A Generation at Risk: A Call to Action by Building Bridges Initiative, September 2023
In their recent report, A Generation at Risk: A Call to Action, the Building Bridges Initiative proposed five commitments they believe can serve as a foundation for a more responsive and engaging educational system for students. One of these actions is to “rethink how time and staff are used to improve impact with students and to improve quality of life for educators.”
The report states, “Fundamentally reimagining school-based professional roles is critical to better meeting student and family needs and to building more rewarding and sustainable careers for educators. Many have been experimenting with redesigning the one-teacher/one-classroom model. Some districts are reorganizing teachers so that they specialize and work in teams to reduce burnout. Others are experimenting with paying teachers differentially based on different levels and types of jobs, such as master teachers, associate teachers, community mental health providers, parent tutors, and so on. Dozens of school districts across the U.S. are already piloting this approach through participation in the Opportunity Culture and Next Education Workforce Initiatives, as well as in states (see North Carolina’s Advanced Teaching Roles initiative).”
From The Compass, by Sharon Kebschull Barrett, August 2023
Amid bleak news about student learning and teacher shortages, innovative staffing concepts offer hope. But school systems have limited time and funding—how can they ensure a big impact for their efforts?
Several staffing model design elements can boost both student success and teacher satisfaction. While some staffing design efforts accomplish one or two important goals, the best staffing models get results on several fronts and within regular budgets.
By Public Impact, August 30, 2023
In the latest issue of The Compass, the magazine of the American Association of School Personnel Administrators, check out page 26 for “Using Innovative Staffing to Boost Student Success” by Public Impact’s Sharon Kebschull Barrett.
The August newsletter includes information about the Opportunity Culture SIMPLE™ Tutoring Design professional learning series; data from the Opportunity Culture Dashboard; highlights from summer professional learning sessions; tools, resources, and more. Read the August 2023 newsletter here.