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, 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, 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.”
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.
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.
Dr. Valerie Bridges, superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools, says the district strives to stay innovative to benefit students and teachers.
Dr. Valerie Bridges and Dr. Anthony Jackson, 2022 and 2020 recipients of the A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year award, describe how the Opportunity Culture initiative has improved student outcomes and increased teacher retention in their districts.
Learn about the unique role of multi-classroom leaders (MCLs)—educators who provide intensive support and development to small teaching teams, for more pay, within regular budgets.
Part 2—Here’s How: Part 2 of this two-part video details how an Opportunity Culture provides on-the-job, consistent support for all teachers to reach many more students with excellence, learn more, and earn more—by having great teachers lead teams or reach more students directly, with more school-day collaboration and planning time.
Part 1—Why Opportunity Culture?: What barriers keep teachers and students from experiencing great support and strong learning outcomes? Part 1 of this two-part video highlights some of the barriers that an Opportunity Culture can remove.