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February 2024 Newsletter: Creating Daily Support for Special Education Teachers

Show your educators some love! Our February 2024 newsletter features a blog post about how two schools provide stronger support for special education teachers by creating small Multi-Classroom Leader™ teams; a preview of the new Opportunity Culture® portal; upcoming professional learning opportunities; plus tools, videos, and social media highlights. Read the February 2024 newsletter here.

Creating Daily, Job-Embedded Support for Special Education Teachers

How can schools provide stronger support for special education teachers? Schools we work with generally start their strategic staffing planning by creating small Multi-Classroom Leader™ teams—grade- or subject-based teaching teams led a teacher with a record of student learning growth, who takes formal accountability for the team’s student results, for more pay. But some schools have begun to see the need for creating similar teams specifically for special education (SPED) teachers. Here’s an early look at what schools in two districts are doing, in the hopes of strengthening teacher retention and recruitment and better serving students.

In New Mexico, Carlsbad Municipal School District leaders have created a SPED teaching team in one school this year; in North Carolina, a Wilson County principal realized the need for this MCL™ role early in the year, designing it in hopes of a midyear hire.

Although they’re separated by thousands of miles, the districts face similar challenges in recruiting and retaining SPED teachers, negatively affecting students when new teachers struggle to handle all the issues around each child’s IEP (individual education program).

Meet A SIMPLE Instructor

Former Multi-Classroom Leader, Okema Owens Simpson, explains why she believes in the Opportunity Culture SIMPLEtutoring culture. Learn more and register for the Opportunity Culture SIMPLE™ Tutoring Design series here.

All Hands on Deck in 2024 for Students and Teachers!

In the new year, we know schools and districts are going after big results for students and teachers. We’re launching into 2024 focused on helping them get and support all hands on deck! Check out our latest Opportunity Culture Newsletter, with information on registering for Opportunity Culture SIMPLE™ Tutoring Design Series—one session or all of five, starting February 1, or the live, virtual Introduction to School Staffing Design with Resultson January 30 that helps participants unlock the 5 Opportunity Culture Design Principles.

And do you know the top two ways advanced paraprofessional support Multi-Classroom Leader teams? Check out our new 1-minute video to see! And check out more in the newsletter—tools for educators especially useful in January; information on the new School Excellence Portal that goes live this summer; and a few social media highlights of Opportunity Culture educators. Check it all out here.

January 2024 Newsletter: A Rising Tide of Tutoring

In our January 2024 newsletter, it’s “all hands on deck” as we help schools launch a tutoring culture that engages all adults in the building in small-group teaching and tutoring under the leadership of an excellent educator using the SIMPLE method. The newsletter also includes our new video about the Reach Associate role; a sneak peak at the School Excellence Portal, coming in July; plus tools, videos, social media highlights, and upcoming events. Check it out here!

December 2023 Newsletter: Tips for Strong Recruitment

In our December 2023 newsletter, we share tips for getting an early start on educator recruitment; good news from Opportunity Culture districts around the county; tools, videos, and social media highlights; and upcoming events and webinars. Read the December 2023 newsletter here.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Montgomery County, & Fort Worth School Districts Receive Federal Grant for Wide Use of Opportunity Culture Models

We’re excited about our latest news! Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Fort Worth ISD, and Montgomery County Public Schools have been awarded a $7.7 million federal TSL grant for widespread implementation of Opportunity Culture innovative staffing models, which CMS pioneered with Public Impact’s support in 2013. With the grant, CMS will expand its use of these models to all of its schools over three years, while the Fort Worth and Montgomery County districts will launch and expand the models over three years.

5 Things MCLs Do Every Day

Want to know what a Multi-Classroom Leader, or MCL, does during a typical school day? Check out this short video!