Published on Real Clear Education, June 15, 2015, by Multi-Classroom Leader Joe Ashby
This piece is the second 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.
In spring 2013, at a crossroads in my career, I faced a golden opportunity — and with it, a wrenching question: Could I guide, monitor, support, and be accountable for a group of teachers and their students every day in the trenches of one of the most challenging elementary schools in my district? [Read more…]