An Opportunity Culture for All

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Making Teaching a Highly Paid, High-Impact Profession Download Full Report[pdf] Download Summary [pdf] In this brief, Public Impact Co-Directors Emily Ayscue Hassel and Bryan C. Hassel update their vision of an Opportunity Culture. The brief explains how extending the reach of great teachers can start a virtuous cycle of excellence and higher pay for all teachers.     … [Read more...]

Rocketship Education Case Study

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Pioneering Charter Network Innovates Again, Bringing Tech Closer to Teachers Case Study [pdf] This case study details how Rocketship, a pioneering, rapidly expanding charter school network, planned to refine its blended-learning model in the 2013–14 year. It intended to give teachers more control over the students’ digital learning and hoped to further individualize the teaching. Watch for future updates to see how these changes do and don’t achieve the network’s goals for … [Read more...]

Touchstone Education Case Study

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New Charter With Experienced Leader Learns From Extending Teachers’ Reach Case Study [pdf] This is one in a series of case studies looking at how districts, charter schools, and other programs have begun using Opportunity Culture models or experimented with similar means of expanding teachers’ impact on students and peer teachers. In Touchstone Education: New Charter With Experienced Leader Learns From Extending Teachers’ Reach, we take a first look at a small first-year … [Read more...]

Charlotte, N.C.’s Project L.I.F.T.

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New Teaching Roles Create Culture of Excellence in High-Need Schools Case Study [pdf]  | Q&A [pdf] Public Impact’s second Opportunity Culture case study explains the “truly different” things that Project L.I.F.T. did to redesign four schools using Opportunity Culture models and principles. The study details the steps these schools took and the challenges they faced as they prepared to kick off their Opportunity Culture models at the beginning of the 2013–14 school … [Read more...]

Leading Educators Case Study

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Empowering Teacher-Leaders to Extend Their Reach by Leading Teams Case Study [pdf] This is the first in a series of case studies offering in-depth looks at how districts, charter schools, and other programs have begun using Opportunity Culture models or experimented with similar means of expanding teachers’ impact on students and peer teachers. This study profiles Anna Lavely of Kansas, who participates in Leading Educators’ two-year fellowship aimed at developing the … [Read more...]

An Opportunity Culture for Teaching and Learning

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Moving Toward a Highly Paid, High-Impact Profession Read Two-Page Report [pdf] This two-page report speaks directly to excellent teachers and those aspiring to excellence to introduce the concepts of an Opportunity Culture and its benefits for teachers and staff, explaining why they should advocate for new school models and policies that support an Opportunity Culture. A related slide presentation for school and district leaders, with speaker notes or without, helps them explain … [Read more...]

Career Paths That Respect Teachers

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More Pay & Time to Collaborate, Lead, Reach More Students Read Two-Page Report [pdf] Teachers: If you are an excellent teacher or one who aspires to excellence, this two-page report explains how schools can use redesigned jobs and career paths to help you stay enthusiastic about teaching, reach more students, and lead your peers, for more pay. With input from teachers and other experts, Public Impact has published numerous school models that offer different possibilities for … [Read more...]

Improving Conditions & Careers

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How Blended Learning Can Improve the Teaching Profession Full Report [pdf] | Executive Summary [pdf] "Technology does not replace a teacher, but rather it empowers teachers and enhances their work." This white paper, written in collaboration with Getting Smart and Digital Learning Now!, is the seventh installment of the DLN Smart Series. The paper, executive summary, and accompanying infographic explain how blended learning can help create better teaching conditions and … [Read more...]