Only 25 percent of classes today are taught by excellent teachers. With an excellent teacher versus an average teacher, students make about an extra half-year of progress every year—closing achievement gaps fast, leaping ahead to honors work, and performing like top international peers. Excellent teachers also excel in developing students’ higher-order thinking. Average teachers work hard, but in today’s one-teacher-one-classroom mode, they do not achieve superior outcomes. What if, instead, excellent teachers could reach all students and lead peer teams toward excellence?
Today, most teachers work alone, without needed support. What if teachers had more time at school to really collaborate—co-plan, co-teach, and co-learn—and great teachers could help everyone improve? What if solid teachers could make the leap to excellence with their peers’ help?
Too many great teachers enter administrative jobs or leave the profession to advance in their careers. What if, instead, great teachers could continue to teach and lead other teachers, for more pay? What if good, solid teachers could advance and earn more, too, by working on teams led by outstanding peers?
Teachers teach to change lives. They revel in helping students achieve their potential. But many teachers also long for better rewards and more respect. What if schools made it happen? What if schools reallocated existing education spending, and new spending, to pay teachers far more?
Opportunity Culture schools are already turning this vision into reality.
In an Opportunity Culture, schools use job redesign and technology to extend the reach of excellent teachers and the teams they lead, for more pay, within budget, without forcing class-size increases.
Teachers are leading the way on school design teams creating Opportunity Culture schools across the country. Pilot districts have been flooded with applications, even in hard-to-staff schools.
On this website, you’ll find all the free tools that you need to transform your schools, too.