Direct-reach teachers (DRTs) include those with roles as blended-learning teachers, expanded-impact teachers, subject-specializing elementary teachers, and those in remotely located, extended-reach positions. These teachers, selected for their excellence and record of achieving high growth with students, extend their reach, with and without the help of technology and generally with paraprofessional assistance, to many more students.
Continuing to achieve high growth and maintain relationships while teaching many more students challenges teachers, even excellent ones, who may have few role models to follow. Thus, Public Impact created this day of training and development sessions for DRTs. Following this day of DRT-specific training, direct-reach teachers should join the final day of the summer training sessions for multi-classroom leaders.
New and experienced DRTs can go through these sessions in formal training, study them on their own, or study them in meetings with other DRTs in their schools. District professional learning staff, principals, and assistant principals can facilitate sessions. Public Impact can organize formal training or train-the-trainer sessions—with experienced, successful DRTs—and help districts and schools establish a clear process for DRTs to support one another’s growth throughout the school year. Other training providers may also use these materials
Each DRT training session includes:
- PowerPoint presentation with embedded facilitator’s notes
- Handouts that can be completed electronically or printed
- Information about additional materials for activities (where applicable)
|Sequence||Session||In this session, participants:||Approx Length|
|Summer Day 1||1.1 Introducing Opportunity Culture and Defining the DRT Role||Get an overview of an Opportunity Culture and what it means to be a direct-reach teacher.||75 min|
|Summer Day 1||1.2 Identifying Instructional Strengths||Learn about how to identify and best use your strengths as an educator in your role as a direct-reach teacher.||115 min|
|Summer Day 1||1.3 Using Instructional Strengths||Learn how to take advantage of the tools and resources of the DRT role to best use your instructional strengths to reach more students.||75 min|
Following this day of DRT-specific training, direct-reach teachers should join the last summer training day sessions for multi-classroom leaders, here.