Opportunity Culture districts can be found in the following states:
Arkansas: North Little Rock Schools began using Opportunity Culture models in 2017–18 as a pilot for the Arkansas Department of Education’s statewide initiative to reach all students with excellent, personalized teaching. The Arkansas Department of Education is continuing to expand Opportunity Culture to more districts, including:
- Brinkley Public Schools
- Crosset School District
- Earle School District
- Forrest City School District
- Gentry School District
- Greenland School District
- Lincoln Consolidated School District
- North Little Rock School District
- Osceola School District
Maricopa County: Arizona’s Office of the Maricopa County School Superintendent helped Phoenix-area districts implement Opportunity Culture models beginning in 2016–17. Participating districts include:
- Maricopa County Regional School District #509
- Nadaburg Unified School District #81
- Phoenix Elementary School District #1
- Wilson Elementary School District #7
Fulton County Schools: This Georgia district, which sandwiches the separate school district for the city of Atlanta, began using Opportunity Culture models in 2016–17.
Chicago Public Schools: The third largest school district in the United States began using Opportunity Culture models in 2018–19.
Indianapolis Public Schools: Indianapolis Public Schools, the first district in the country to include Opportunity Culture roles in its teacher contract, began using Opportunity Culture models in 2016–17.
Baltimore City Public Schools: This Maryland district began implementing Opportunity Culture in 2019-20.
Cabarrus County Schools: Cabarrus County Schools in North Carolina began using Opportunity Culture models in 2014–15.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools: In 2013–14, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools became the first district to implement Opportunity Culture, expanding to many more schools within the district each year.
Cumberland County Schools: This North Carolina district, based in Fayetteville, began designing its Opportunity Culture plans in 2020, for fall 2021 implementation.
Edgecombe County Public Schools: This rural North Carolina district began using Opportunity Culture models in 2017–18. Opportunity Culture was implemented district-wide in 2019–20.
Guilford County Schools: This North Carolina district, based in Greensboro, began using Opportunity Culture models in 2018–19.
Halifax County Schools: This rural, eastern North Carolina district began Opportunity Culture implementation in fall 2019.
Hertford County Public Schools: This rural, eastern North Carolina district began designing its Opportunity Culture plans in 2019, for fall 2020 implementation.
Lexington City Schools: This small North Carolina district began implementing Opportunity Culture in 2019–20.
Vance County Schools: This North Carolina district along the Virginia border began using Opportunity Culture in 2017–18.
Wilson County Schools: This North Carolina district began designing its Opportunity Culture plans in 2020, for fall 2021 implementation.
Several North Carolina districts also participated in a pilot of Remotely Located Multi-Classroom Leadership—a partnership of the College Board, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM), and Public Impact to create a five-person team of teachers in various N.C. districts led by a multi-classroom leader based at NCSSM. Learn more about the pilot in this “first look” in EdNC.
Syracuse City School District: Syracuse, one of New York’s largest school districts, began using Opportunity Culture staffing models in 2014–15.
Hamilton County Schools: This Tennessee district, based in Chattanooga, began implementing Opportunity Culture in 2019-20.
Memphis Charter Cohort: With support from the Memphis Education Fund, 12 Memphis schools from several charter organizations began designing Opportunity Culture models in 2019-20. Participating charter organizations include:
- Compass Community Schools
- Frayser Community Schools
- Leadership Prep Charter School
- Memphis Scholars
- STAR Academy Charter School
Texas Education Agency: The Texas Education Agency (TEA) made Texas the first state to support multiple districts in creating an Opportunity Culture, beginning in 2015–16. Participating districts include:
- Aldine ISD
- Big Spring ISD
- El Paso ISD
- Fort Worth ISD
- Harlandale ISD
- Klein ISD
- La Vega ISD
- Mineral Wells ISD
- Socorro ISD
- South San Antonio ISD
- Spring Branch ISD
- Waco ISD
Additional sites not yet announced. Join this growing movement!
Interested in working in an Opportunity Culture district? Find links to districts’ job listings here.
For more on results from Opportunity Culture implementation in these sites, see the Opportunity Culture Dashboard.