School Models

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


Detailed School Models

 Subject Specialization (Elementary) School Model

 In-Person Rotation + Subject Specialization (Elementary) School Model

 Multi-Classroom Leadership (“Pods”) School Model

 In-Person Rotation (Elementary) School Model

 In-Person Rotation (Secondary) School Model

 In-Person Flex School Model

 Remote Time-Technology Swaps (Rotation and Flex) School Model

 Multi-Combinations School Model

 Time-Time Swap School Model

 Class-Size Increases School Model

Class-Size Shifting School Model

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.

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