Schools began using Opportunity Culture models in:
Learn more about Earle 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 Earle School District. The district began implementing Opportunity Culture roles in the 2021–22 school year.
“Opportunity Culture serves as a model of innovation for districts around the state and enhances our Teach Arkansas initiative’s goals of recruiting and retaining the best educators in the state,” ADE Deputy Commissioner Ivy Pfeffer said. “It also perfectly aligns with 2017 legislation that created the Arkansas Educator Career Continuum, which provides educators the opportunity to lead from the classroom. By implementing and expanding best practices such as this, we will ensure every student has access to exceptional educators and that learning thrives.”
“Because we compete with higher-paying districts near us, we look forward to how Opportunity Culture roles can help us improve teacher retention,” Superintendent Tish Knowles said.
As of fall 2020, Earle School District has two schools and 53 teachers. They serve 588 students, of whom 97 percent are Black.
- Blog Post: Quick Take: Leading Opportunity Culture at the State Level, by Sharon Kebschull Barrett, February 17, 2021
- News: Earle Area Schools Among Districts Joining Opportunity Culture Initiative, from The Evening Times, February 1, 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