The Opportunity Culture® Impact

Strong student learning growth and educator satisfaction with higher educator pay

Created by Public Impact ®, Opportunity Culture models boast 10 years of student learning growth and educator-pleasing results:

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Student learning growth:

An extra half-year, every year

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Educator satisfaction:

Surveys show educators love their small teams led by teachers with a record of high-growth learning—and the higher pay and support they receive

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Cost-effective:

Invest once to make the transition to new roles, get long-term payoff in student growth, teacher recruitment and retention

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Build-your-own teacher pipeline:

Paid, full-time, yearlong residencies for aspiring teachers

I definitely say, “It’s something that any district should do.”

—North Carolina superintendent

Opportunity Culture Schools Get Results

Students gain an extra half-year of learning each year, on average, when an educator in the Multi-Classroom Leader™ role with prior high growth leads a teaching team with a variety of team role options. The odds of a teacher helping students make high-growth learning more than double on Opportunity Culture teams.

Multi-Classroom Leader teams also make it possible to create a tutoring culture, giving all students access to more small-group teaching and tutoring during the school day to further boost learning.

Opportunity Culture educators express strong satisfaction with their roles

97% of teachers in Multi-Classroom Leader roles and 87% of all staff on Multi-Classroom Leader teams would like the Opportunity Culture initiative to continue in their schools, according to survey results

Percentage of teachers in Multi-Classroom Leader roles who:

  • Want Opportunity Culture roles to continue in their schools 97% 97%
  • Agree that the supports provided translate into improved instructional practice 96% 96%
  • Agree that excellent teachers have the opportunity to lead peers in their schools 95% 95%
  • Report that pay opportunities are better with Opportunity Culture roles 94% 94%

As the annual update of statistics on the Opportunity Culture Dashboard shows:

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estimated reached by excellent teachers and their teams in 2023–24

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had advanced roles or received on-the-job development on MCL™ teams in 2022–23

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went to Opportunity Culture educators since 2013; $16.4M in 2022–23

Everyone Benefits

Opportunity Culture districts and schools also describe the improvement they see in educator recruitment and retention since beginning Opportunity Culture implementation, and improving educator pipelines through advanced paraprofessional and teacher resident roles.

When students learn more, they can ultimately get better jobs and earn more. Using McKinsey’s method for calculation,* students in Opportunity Culture classrooms will earn over $100,000 more in their careers, on average.

Students earning more boosts local economies fast. The more schools that adopt the models, the bigger the local boost.

And the more Opportunity Culture schools statewide, the bigger the boost to the state’s economy​. Again using McKinsey’s math, in an average state, implementing Opportunity Culture models statewide would add $6 billion to $10 billion to the economy over 16 years, if three-fourths of schools make the transition rapidly.​ Increased tax revenues could be used to pay teachers more and meet other priorities​.

Data Dashboard

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Third-Party Research

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Our schools that are Opportunity Culture schools, we saw an improvement in their outcomes immediately last year in terms of growth of students…and we saw an increase in the number of teachers who outperform the state in terms of growth of students.

North Carolina superintendent