How can every student have excellent teaching every year? Extending the reach of excellent teachers and their teams requires schools to redesign jobs and use technology in new ways. Schools often add paraprofessional support, too.
These changes allow excellent teachers to set high standards and personalize learning for more students—and they can help other teachers do it, too. Everyone learns more, and teachers can earn more—for the long haul, within recurring budgets.
The table below links to the core school-based models that let excellent teachers reach more students and help peers succeed. For more detail on these, see our school models page.
Many other models are possible, including ones that make more use of technology, let teachers serve students anywhere, regardless of where the teacher is, let teachers teach part-time in teams if they prefer, and let community organizations and parents work with teachers to personalize high-standards learning. To learn more, see our “Model Summaries” publication.
Based on early experience and data, we recommend using direct-reach models (such as Time Swaps and Subject Specialization) in combination with Multi-Classroom Leadership at the elementary and secondary levels.
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
- Read about all the model possibilities, ones being used now and ones likely to grow in the future.
- Read details of each of the most common school models.
- Read about schools already using these models and case studies about them.
- See resources for educators here.
- 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.