Teacher Career Paths

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Today, most advancement opportunities in education remove teachers from direct responsibility for students, increase work loads, confer little real authority to lead peers, and either pay no more or provide temporary pay increases from grants. Most do not make the best use of great teachers’ valuable time.

But an Opportunity Culture offers teachers multiple career paths that greatly expand their opportunities while substantially enhancing student learning. The career paths in these documents match Public Impact’s school models for extending the reach of excellent teachers to more students, for more pay, within budget, with many new roles that enable all teachers and staff to develop and contribute to excellence.

 Summary of Teacher Career Paths
 Teacher, Leader, and Paraprofessional Career Paths
 Career Paths that Respect Teachers
 Teacher Pay & Career Advancement: A Leader’s Guide
 Career Paths that Work for Teachers and Students
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With these models and career paths, all teachers have opportunities for career advancement and higher pay while teaching, along with school-day time for on-the-job learning. For example, fully accountable, excellent teachers can advance by leading, collaborating with, and developing peers in teams to reach more students. Team teachers and paraprofessionals can contribute to excellence outcomes immediately, while continuing to learn and advance.

Schools using these models may continue to offer traditional teacher roles, but should limit this to cases when extended-reach models are not feasible (that is, specific subjects or students). Otherwise, limiting reach-extended roles in a school will decrease pay supplements for teachers who do extend their reach. Teachers progressing to master levels or becoming mentors in traditional models are typically few in number and dependent on temporary funding for pay supplements.

But these new models create:

    • Reach-extended roles, in which excellent teachers take responsibility for more students, and
    • Support roles, in which other teachers, working with reach-extending teachers, contribute to excellence and develop their teaching prowess.

These new roles enable teachers to pursue a variety of career paths.  Teachers may also move among paths over the course of their careers.  In addition, the leadership path gives teachers experiences that equip them to lead entire schools, groups of schools, or districts.

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.

Finally, these models open up additional opportunities for paraprofessionals, who can play important roles that make reach extension possible.

The following documents provide an overview of multiple career paths that schools can use to expand opportunities for their teachers.

 Summary of Teacher Career Paths
 Teacher, Leader, and Paraprofessional Career Paths
 Career Paths that Respect Teachers
 Teacher Pay & Career Advancement: A Leader’s Guide
 Career Paths that Work for Teachers and Students
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