The science of reading has “come alive” at Lucama Elementary, in North Carolina’s Wilson County Schools, after the principal and her team of Multi-Classroom Leaders led the use of multiple curricula and data-driven small-group instruction and interventions—resulting in strong student learning growth.
Leading Through Co-Teaching a Combined Class
As a temporary solution to a shortage of paraprofessional reach associates who can provide release time, Multi-Classroom Leader Sunil Dutt combines one of his math blocks with that of a new teacher into one large group meeting in the library, so that Dutt can co-teach and model instruction.
Opportunity Culture Teacher Residencies
Ector County and Midland school districts are two of the 11 Texas sites using Opportunity Culture paid, yearlong teacher residencies as of 2022-23. Teacher residents are an integral part of small teaching teams led by multi-classroom leaders. Educators from these Texas districts describe how their residencies benefit students, schools, and aspiring teachers.
Building Space for Collaborative Instruction
In this short video, see how one school’s room designs, including moveable walls, proved “perfect” for Opportunity Culture teams and their students. While such design is not needed for Opportunity Culture implementation, it has made collaboration even easier for multi-classroom leader teams in this Midland, Texas, school.
Connect Opportunity Culture Work to Mission and Vision
Beth Thompson, principal of Whitewater Middle School in Charlotte, N.C., before becoming the district’s assistant superintendent, explains the importance of regularly reminding school staff of the “why” behind the work they do.
A “Crucial” Opportunity Culture Role: Reach Associates Provide Small-Group Tutoring
At Bearfield Primary School in Hertford County, North Carolina, paraprofessional reach associates help improve student outcomes by providing instructional support under the direction of multi-classroom leaders.
Sydney Garcia on Being a Multi-Classroom Leader
Sydney Garcia, a multi-classroom leader at Pease Elementary in Ector County ISD, says the MCL role is “the best of both worlds” allowing her to take on a leadership role while still being in the classroom.
Audriana Munoz on Being a Teacher Resident
Audriana Munoz, a teacher resident at Pease Elementary in Ector County ISD, describes how her yearlong paid residency, working under the guidance of a multi-classroom leader, prepared her to enter the teaching profession already feeling like “a second-year teacher.”
Edgecombe County Public Schools: Believe in What’s Possible
Learn how Edgecombe County Public Schools is using Opportunity Culture educator roles, like multi-classroom leaders, expanded-impact teachers, and reach associates, to fulfill its commitment to innovation, family, and exceeding expected growth for students.
Getting the Most Bang for Our Buck: RAs Lead Small-Group Tutoring
With recent studies showing the positive learning impact of tutoring, Multi-Classroom Leader Willonda Cates-Gillespie describes the benefits of having a Reach Associate to help her reach more students with small-group tutoring.