Certification and Validation

Helping you recruit talent and showcase your Opportunity Culture instructional strength

With Opportunity Culture certification and validation, schools and districts can:

attract applicants looking for support and career paths

communicate with their community, state, and funders about the strength of their instructional system.

The Opportunity Culture website will list Certified and Validated organizations beginning in fall 2024 and highlight them in other publicity; see more benefits and requirements below.

The Process

Gain certification by submitting your state, district, or school design information in the Opportunity Culture School Excellence Portal (annual subscription required).

Validate your certification level by demonstrating the strength of your Opportunity Culture model—and get coaching to go to the next level—through feedback rounds and survey analysis led by Public Impact.

Publicize your status as you attract educators and families to your schools and communicate with state leaders and funders!

Certification Levels

Certification levels convey strength of implementation in key areas, including selectivity of Opportunity Culture roles, student access to instruction led by Opportunity Culture teams, incorporation of small-group tutoring into staffing plans, and financial sustainability of staffing plans.

At each level, validation is available, using Public Impact’s feedback rounds and survey analysis, to provide reassurance to your community and help boost impact.

Hover over boxes to see the benefits of each level.

Provisional Certification

Design plan meets basic Opportunity Culture standards but has not yet been implemented. Also used to provide a redesign year after lapses in certification renewal or level.

 

Benefits

  • Approval to use official Opportunity Culture job titles in recruitment (MCL, etc.)
  • Access to Opportunity Culture merchandise
  • Potential launch funding from some states and funders

Certification Level 1

Design meets basic Opportunity Culture standards associated with student learning results and educator satisfaction.

Benefits

  • Eligible to be featured in spotlight stories
  • Access to Opportunity Culture Certified Level 1 merchandise
  • Potential improvement funding from some states and funders

Certification Level 2

Design meets higher Opportunity Culture standards associated with student learning results and educator satisfaction.

 

Benefits

  • Prioritized feature in spotlight stories, website and other media
  • Access to Opportunity Culture Certified Level 2 merchandise
  • Potential improvement funding from some states and funders

Certification Level 3

Design meets the highest Opportunity Culture standards associated with student learning results and educator satisfaction.

Benefits

  • Highest priority feature in stories, website and media
  • Access to elite Certified Level 3 merchandise
  • Potential bonus funding from some states and funders

The first step: Community Membership

School system has purchased an annual subscription to the Opportunity Culture School Excellence Portal™ and has provided all educators access to the included professional learning and staffing design materials.

Benefits

  • Access to resources and data submission to achieve Certified status
  • Access to on-demand professional learning with certificates available for CEUs
  • “What works” newsletters to learn from research and implementing systems 

Contact our team to learn more!