Schools can provide multiple career paths to expand opportunities for their teachers and enhance student learning substantially.
These career paths match Public Impact’s school models for extending the reach of excellent teachers to more students, for more pay, within budget, and with many new roles that enable all teachers and staff to develop and contribute to excellence.
Schools using these models also may continue to offer traditional teacher roles; for example, they may offer them to new teachers and to those not working in reach-extended classrooms. Some of these teachers may progress to master levels or become mentors, possibly contingent on special funding.
But these models introduce new roles as well:
- 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 between 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.
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.