January 28, 2021, CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—As part of its commitment to implement Opportunity Culture in schools across the state, the Arkansas Department of Education is supporting its third cohort of school districts this year joining the national initiative to extend the reach of excellent teachers and their teams, for more pay, within regular school budgets. The school districts of Brinkley, Crossett, Earle and Osceola will begin implementing Opportunity Culture roles in the 2021–22 school year. Read the full press release…
From Cumberland County Schools, December 1, 2020
To provide all students with excellent teaching and to help students close achievement gaps and leap ahead, our schools are creating an Opportunity Culture for their teachers and students. Opportunity Culture models enable schools to reach every student with excellent teachers and their teams—consistently—while paying teachers more for their extra responsibilities, and helping all educators improve on the job and work collaboratively. All pay supplements are funded through reallocations of existing budgets–no temporary grants. Read the full press release…
Slide deck without speaker notes | Slide deck with speaker notes This engaging slide deck speaks directly to teachers, providing an overview, with speaker notes, of why students, educators, schools and districts need an Opportunity Culture, how it works, and where it’s happening, plus a list of more resources. See here for a similar deck […]
Teachers on multi-classroom leader teams in Metro Nashville Opportunity Culture schools tell why they love their collaborative teams. This video features interviews with the following teachers from Buena Vista Enhanced Option Elementary School, in order of appearance: Jayme Hubbell, Khalimah Brown, Irene Holden, and Natalie Harmon. Learn more about Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Innovation Zone. […]
Multi-classroom leaders in Opportunity Culture schools in Metro Nashville share thoughts about why they love their jobs, in video from Public Impact’s Opportunity Culture Initiative. The video features interviews with, in order of appearance: Joi Mitchell, Buena Vista Enhanced Option Elementary School Julie Hasfjord, Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School Gaston Williams, Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School […]
To help all students reach their potential, district leaders must ensure that every student has consistent access to excellent teaching. Opportunity Culture compensation and career path structures help make that possible, and this guide shows how.
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How can more students have access to excellent teachers? Increasing class sizes is one way, but we have many other options, Public Impact’s co-director, Bryan C. Hassel, said at Thursday’s “Expanding Access to Great Teachers” discussion at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute–watch it below.
Bryan joined Michael Hansen of the American Institutes for Research, author of “Right-Sizing the Classroom: Making the Most of Great Teachers,” Jean-Claude Brizard, senior advisor at the College Board, teacher and instructional coach Linda Donaldson Guidi, and Michael Petrilli, Fordham executive vice president.
Using Opportunity Culture models, districts are extending great teachers’ reach to more students now, without bigger classes, Bryan noted–and in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, for example, teacher-leaders make $23,000 more than the salary schedule with these models, which give all teachers opportunities for career advancement without having to leave the classroom.
But policymakers need to clear the barriers to extending great teachers’ reach, he said–and rather than focusing on the percentage of excellent teachers a district has, how about asking districts and schools to report the percentage of students who have an excellent teacher in charge of their instruction?
In a new brief written for the Center for American Progress, Public Impact explains why and how the federal government must focus states and districts on giving every student access to excellent teachers.
Making Teaching a Highly Paid, High-Impact Profession
In this brief, Public Impact Co-Directors Emily Ayscue Hassel and Bryan C. Hassel update their vision of an Opportunity Culture. The brief explains how extending the reach of great teachers can start a virtuous cycle of excellence and higher pay for all teachers.