Multi-Classroom Leadership (In-Person Pods)

Excellent teachers with leadership competencies lead teams of other teachers to meet the leaders’ standards of excellence. Teachers, including the teacher-leader, play instructional roles assigned by the leader and use the leader’s methods and tools. The teacher-leader chooses, evaluates, and develops team members, establishing each person’s roles and goals at least annually. The leader facilitates team collaboration and planning. (S)he, with the principal, dismisses team members when necessary. The leader earns more than the others—funded by the reduction of non-classroom specialists, lower pay for others with narrower instructional roles and fewer work hours, and in some cases a reduction of team size. The leader is accountable for team success and all students’ learning. Reach Effect: approximately 100%–400% more students reached by excellent teachers in charge; more with larger spans.

Examples of schools, school networks, and programs extending excellent teachers’ reach using multi-classroom leadership include Touchstone Education, Ingenuity Prep, and City Charter High School. In a variation, the Teach Plus T3 Initiative places large teams of top teachers in turnaround schools (taking 25 percent of the teaching slots), where they develop peers in collaborative teams and earn higher pay.

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 Multi-Classroom Leadership (“Pods”) School Model

 Financial Planning for Multi-Classroom Leadership: Describes how teacher-leaders in this school model may earn more, sustainably, with calculations of savings and costs showing how schools could increase teacher-leader pay between 67% and 134%, without increasing class sizes and within existing budgets. See more about this model here.

 NEWMulti-Classroom Leader Team Staffing and Pay Example: Explains potential pay increases for a multi-classroom leader and team teachers on multi-classroom leader teams.

 Teacher and Staff Selection, Development, & Evaluation ToolkitThis toolkit includes job descriptions, competencies, and companion tools that may be used to select, evaluate, and develop teachers and staff. These materials are built for six of the more than 20 school models described here. The jobs included in the toolkit cover most of the other school models as well. Some schools may combine school models, and in turn will need to alter the job descriptions and other materials accordingly. Schools must adapt these materials to fit each school setting and to incorporate additional selection, evaluation, and development priorities.


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