Published on Education Next, March 21, 2017, by Bryan Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel You’ve probably read an article with a headline like this. Why say it again? Because class-size reduction continues to be so seductive. Our own state of North Carolina is just the latest in which policymakers have succumbed, causing a political firestorm this […]
Our series of columns for The 74, whose motto is 74 Million Kids. 74 Million Reasons to Talk Education, will come from Opportunity Culture educators eager to share what their jobs are like, the differences they make for students, and the lessons they’ve learned as they extend the reach of their great teaching to many more students.
Published on The 74, March 14, 2017, by Bryan Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel A decade ago, inspired by the best teachers we’ve known, we formed the seed of an idea — the notion that great teachers, those who induce high-growth learning and strong student thinking skills, could and should have far more power to lead […]
Published on Chalkbeat, February 16, 2017 by Dylan Peers McCoy Teachers at School 107 are up against a steep tower of challenges: test scores are chronically low, student turnover is high and more than a third of kids are still learning English. All the school’s difficulties are compounded by the struggle to hire and retain […]
Published on EdNC.org, February 14, 2017 by Liz Bell When teachers get really good, they often stop teaching. After years in the classroom, the desire to move onto something with higher pay, more responsibility, and greater challenge is understandable. When that time comes, Public Impact is hoping to give teachers a meaningful alternative to transitioning into administration. “We’re losing some […]
Published December 20, 2016 on www.syracusecityschools.com This year, five new SCSD schools have implemented Opportunity Culture, a staffing model designed to provide more students with access to excellent teaching while also providing teachers with added support and room for career advancement. To make this happen, schools designate Multi-Classroom Leaders (MCLs) to collaborate with content area teachers […]
Published on EdNC, September 16, 1026 by Emily Ayscue Hassel and Bryan C. Hassel Fifty-nine percent of Opportunity Culture schools in North Carolina exceeded student growth expectations in 2015–16, more than double the percentage of N.C. schools overall at just 28 percent, according to school performance data the state released September 2. Similarly, high-poverty Opportunity Culture […]
Published on Real Clear Education, August 18, 2016 by Emily Ayscue Hassel and Bryan Hassel State and district leaders have a great new opportunity under the 2015 federal Every Student Succeeds Act: more flexibility in spending the funds they receive than in prior versions. But let’s face it: Most states won’t seize this opportunity to […]
Published June 20, 2016 on www.syracusecityschools.com As part of a Districtwide strategy to provide more time for teacher collaboration, a focus on excellent teaching and an overall positive change in school culture, SCSD schools are transitioning to an Opportunity Culture staffing solution. In its second year at Bellevue, Clary, Grant and Seymour and its first […]
Opportunity Culture multi-classroom leaders, blended-learning teachers, elementary school subject specialists, and principals are contributing to a monthly series of columns on RealClearEducation.com. These pioneering educators have been critical to refining the Opportunity Culture initiative and materials that support the creation of an Opportunity Culture, aimed at meeting our collective, ambitious goals to reach all students with excellent teaching consistently and provide outstanding career opportunities for teachers, too.