Schools began using Opportunity Culture models in:
Learn more about Crossett School District by visiting the district website.
As part of its commitment to implement Opportunity Culture in schools across the state, the Arkansas Department of Education began supporting its third cohort of school districts in 2021, including Crossett School District. The district began implementing Opportunity Culture roles in the 2021–22 school year.
“We are excited to expand the Opportunity Culture model in Arkansas. We believe that this evidence-based model provides an innovative structure for districts to extend the reach of highly effective teachers to more students,” ADE Deputy Commissioner Ivy Pfeffer said.
“Crossett School District is excited about the partnership with Public Impact, and we are looking forward to being a part of Opportunity Culture,” Superintendent Gary Williams said. “We believe the retention and recruitment of quality teachers are essential to the success of our district, and a big part of this is supporting teachers and providing opportunities for professional growth. Opportunity Culture will provide both for our teachers as they continue their excellent work of serving our students.”
As of fall 2020, Crossett School District has three schools and 136 teachers. They serve 1,808 students, of whom 63 percent are white and 32 percent are Black. The district has been improving teacher retention and school curriculum, and will implement Opportunity Culture roles to continue those improvements and to extend the reach of teachers with great instructional practices.
- Blog Post: Quick Take: Leading Opportunity Culture at the State Level, by Sharon Kebschull Barrett, February 17, 2021
- Blog Post: Opportunity Culture Spreads in Arkansas, North Carolina with State Support, by Public Impact, January 28, 2021
- Press Release: Arkansas Expands State Opportunity Culture Initiative to Extend Reach of Excellent Teachers, by Public Impact, January 28, 2021