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.
What can schools do, now, to reach many more students with excellent teachers year after year and help all teachers improve and contribute to excellence? This report provides brief descriptions of more than 20 school models that extend excellent teachers’ reach by using job redesign, technology, or both.
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.