Schools began using Opportunity Culture models in:
Learn more about Brinkley Public Schools by visiting the district website.
As part of its commitment to implement Opportunity Culture in schools across the state, the Arkansas Department of Education began supporting its third cohort of school districts in 2021, including Brinkley Public Schools. The district began implementing Opportunity Culture roles in the 2021–22 school year.
“Opportunity Culture serves as a model of innovation for districts around the state and enhances our Teach Arkansas initiative’s goals of recruiting and retaining the best educators in the state,” ADE Deputy Commissioner Ivy Pfeffer said. “It also perfectly aligns with 2017 legislation that created the Arkansas Educator Career Continuum, which provides educators the opportunity to lead from the classroom. By implementing and expanding best practices such as this, we will ensure every student has access to exceptional educators and that learning thrives.”
“As our district has struggled with teacher recruitment and retention, we’re looking forward to what Opportunity Culture roles can do to help us attract high-quality teacher-leaders,” Superintendent Brenda Poole said.
As of fall 2020, Brinkley Public Schools has two schools and 49 teachers. They serve 546 students, of whom 61 percent are Black and 35 percent are white.
- Blog Post: Quick Take: Leading Opportunity Culture at the State Level, by Sharon Kebschull Barrett, February 17, 2021
- Blog Post: Opportunity Culture Spreads in Arkansas, North Carolina with State Support, by Public Impact, January 28, 2021
- Press Release: Arkansas Expands State Opportunity Culture Initiative to Extend Reach of Excellent Teachers, by Public Impact, January 28, 2021