School Model Details

Models to Reach Every Student with Excellent Teaching, Within Budget

This page contains links to school models that use job redesign and technology to extend the reach of excellent teachers to more students, for more pay, within budget.  The models are part of a larger set of 20+ model summaries. In each of these models, all teachers have career opportunities dependent upon their excellence, leadership, and student impact. Advancement allows more pay and greater reach. We call this an Opportunity Culture, explained in this infographic.

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.

The detailed models below explain how changes in teaching roles, time use, and technology can allow teachers who achieve the best student outcomes to reach more students and help peer teachers produce excellent results, too. All teachers and staff have the opportunity, in every role, to develop to their full potential through collaboration with and leadership from excellent teachers. Most of the models have teachers work in teams led by excellent teachers, with collaboration time built into the school day, and with the potential for all teachers to earn more. Excellent teachers can be responsible for more students’ learning and help good teachers excel by learning on the job while contributing to excellent outcomes.

These models address:

    • How roles change for teachers and staff
    • Impact on the student learning experience
    • Increased percentage of students great teachers can reach
    • How to pay teachers more within budget
    • Schedule, facilities, and technology changes
    • Opportunities for collaborative teaching teams and professional development for all
    • Critical decisions for school design teams

To see resources for planning a secondary school, visit this page.
To see resources for planning an elementary school, visit this page.

Detailed School Models

Example Schedules for Rotation Models

This webpage offers schedule variations show how top teachers can reach more students. Blended learning model schedules include as little as about an hour per day of digital learning time per student.


Some of these models might look familiar. Some schools are already trying them, and we are writing case studies about some early implementers. Please help us improve the models by sharing your stories on our Feedback page. See our complete set of tools for school design teams.

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