How can every student have excellent teaching every year? Extending the reach of excellent teachers and their teams requires schools to redesign jobs, use technology in new ways, or both. In many cases, schools add paraprofessional support, too.
Here are school models that let excellent teachers reach more students and help peers succeed. For more detail, see our school models page.
With these changes, schools can provide students with great teaching and all teachers with ways to advance in their careers without having to leave the classroom.
Opportunity Culture School Model Overview Table:
The models must meet our Opportunity Culture Principles, for whole schools or individual courses.
Opportunity Culture Principles
Teams of teachers and school leaders must choose and tailor models to:
- Reach more students with excellent teachers and their teams
- Pay teachers more for extending their reach
- Fund pay within regular budgets
- Provide protected in-school time and clarity about how to use it for planning, collaboration, and development
- Match authority and accountability to each person’s responsibilities
Most models involve team-teaching, allowing all teachers to earn more and gain collaboration and development time during school hours, with leadership opportunities for excellent teachers that let them stay in the classroom—so that good and great teachers work together to bring excellent instruction to all students. Schools can combine models to make the best use of excellent teachers’ time and to put teachers in roles that are best for each person. Some models also make part-time work, reduced hours, and flexible schedules possible.
Schools may find an Opportunity Culture especially effective for recruiting and retaining excellent teachers and teams in hard-to-staff schools and positions, such as STEM teaching, that students sorely need.
- Read details of each school model.
- Read about schools already using these models and case studies about them.
- See resources for planning a secondary school.
- See resources for planning an elementary school.
- Help us improve the models by sharing your stories on our Feedback page