To ensure that every student has access to excellent teaching consistently, states and districts must help excellent teachers extend their reach to far more students, directly and by leading teaching teams, and earn far more, within budget. How can states craft the policies to support this?
Our nation is squandering one of its most important resources—our best teachers—and children are paying the price. Written with support from The Joyce Foundation, this report was a foundational document, building on 3x for All, for the Opportunity Culture initiative, explaining why traditional policy initiatives have been unsuccessful and exploring the potential impact of policy initiatives designed to improve student access to great teachers
December 14, 2011, CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— Public Impact, a national education policy and management consulting organization, announces the launch of the implementation phase of its work to bring an excellent teacher to every child. In this next phase of work, the organization will identify five major sites to expand the impact of excellent teachers by “extending their reach.”
Instead of just trying to recruit more great teachers, what if we could reach dramatically more children with the great teachers we already have? This report was the foundational document for an Opportunity Culture, now being implemented in districts across the U.S. based on this report’s original vision, along with research and Opportunity Culture educators’ experiences.
The job of “teacher” in most schools today remains centered on full-time classroom responsibilities that are defined by the location, timing, and schedule of the school day and a one-teacher-per-classroom model. But particularly in today’s budget climate, interest in quality-focused job redesigns is increasing among forward-thinking state, district, and charter school leaders.