Published on Real Clear Education, August 17, 2015, by Multi-Classroom Leader Karen von Klahr.
This piece is the fourth in a series of monthly pieces by teachers participating in the Opportunity Culture initiative, a movement launched in 2011 by education policy and consulting firm Public Impact. Pilot schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Cabarrus County, N.C,; Nashville, Tenn.; Syracuse, N.Y.; Big Spring, Texas; and Indianapolis are using Public Impact’s new job models and career paths. These “Opportunity Culture” models are aimed at improving the quality of education by extending the reach of excellent teachers and their teams, to encourage teacher selectivity, increase opportunities for teachers to advance in their careers without leaving the classroom, promote on-the-job learning, and boost teacher pay — all within regular budgets.
Coffee-sipping, pajama-wearing “summer planning sessions” just seem to happen. A teacher’s mind and heart are never far from the classroom or students, so in those rejuvenating months, plans for the next year are often nearby.
My “summer planning sessions” were much different last year than in years past. I was about to become the first multi-classroom leader (MCL) at my school, leading a team of teachers. Now, teachers—especially new teachers—would no longer be stuck alone in the classroom with a “good luck!” And as I discovered, new teachers working with an MCL would still experience some trial and error, but they and their students could be well ahead of the usual learning curve. [Read more…]