Schools began using Opportunity Culture in:
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In 2020, Klein ISD began designing their Opportunity Culture plans for implementation in fall 2021. Klein ISD, along with Aldine ISD, designed Opportunity Culture with paid teacher residencies in partnership with the University of Houston, the University of Houston-Downtown, Sam Houston State University, and Relay Graduate School of Education.
The universities are members in the University-School Partnerships for the Renewal of Educator Preparation (US PREP). As members of US PREP, the universities spend three years piloting, scaling, and sustaining the Teacher Preparation Quality Objectives, which will result in the training of teachers who are ready to meet the needs of their K–12 students. Taken together with the Opportunity Culture model, candidates receive compensation during their residency year.
Superintendent Jenny McGown said: “I am so excited for Klein ISD to be a part of this Opportunity Culture initiative and its innovative approach to extending the reach of talented teachers. This is one more way to help ensure that every student has access to excellent and equitable learning opportunities. I look forward to strengthening a best-in-class teacher leadership pipeline by recruiting strong teacher candidates and retaining strong teacher-leaders, as well as building even stronger relationships with our university partners.”
Klein ISD Demographics
When Klein ISD began designing its Opportunity Culture in 2020, the district had 50 schools serving 52,846 students. Of those students, 44 percent were Hispanic, 28 percent were white, 15 percent were Black, 8 percent were Asian, and about 49 percent were economically disadvantaged.
- Public Impact Press Release: Texas Initiative to Add Paid, Financially Sustainable Opportunity Culture Teacher Residencies Expands