These links provide a map to all the Public Impact tools that school design teams need as they tailor our models to extend the reach of their excellent teachers.
Understanding Reach Extension and Opportunity Culture
Videos—webpage—Part 1 explains how new models let schools pay teachers up to 40 percent more and teacher-leaders up to 130 percent more, within available budgets; how excellent teachers can close achievement gaps; and why schools must reach more students with these teachers. Part 2 provides more detailed descriptions of several models that use job redesign and technology to reach more students with excellent teachers, for more pay, usually in collaborative teams that develop all teachers’ skills—creating an “Opportunity Culture” for teachers and students.
Opportunity Culture overview presentation—printable PDF with speaker notes; printable PDF without notes—Provides slide deck anyone can use, with full speaker notes, to walk others through all the details of extending the reach of excellent teachers to more students, for more pay, within available budgets, and creating an Opportunity Culture.
Opportunity Culture definition and virtuous cycle graphic—webpage—Provides our definition of an Opportunity Culture and a graphic that shows how reaching more students allows paid career advancement funded by per-pupil funding, and our expectation that this will attract and retain more excellent teachers.
Why this Matters—webpage
Opportunity at the Top summary—printable PDF—Explains why schools must extend the reach of excellent teachers, in addition to using better recruitment, development, retention, and dismissal practices.
Frequently Asked Questions—webpage
Resources for Teachers—webpage
Understanding the School Models
Model Details—Selected Models—Detailed descriptions of 10 models for extending excellent teachers’ reach.
Class-Size Increases School Model—printable PDF
Class-Size Shifting School Model—printable PDF
Subject Specialization (Elementary) School Model—printable PDF
In-Person Rotation + Subject Specialization (Elementary) School Model—printable PDF
Multi-Classroom Leadership (“Pods”) School Model—printable PDF
In-Person Rotation (Elementary) School Model—printable PDF
In-Person Rotation (Secondary) School Model—printable PDF
In-Person Flex School Model—printable PDF
Remote Time-Technology Swaps (Rotation and Flex) School Model—printable PDF
Multi-Combinations School Model—printable PDF
Example Schedules for Rotation Models—These schedule variations show how top teachers can reach more students with blended learning—with as little as about an hour per day of digital learning time per student.
1/4 Time in Digital Learning Per Subject—Elementary Rotation with Team Teaching—printable PDF
1/2 Core Subject Time in Digital Learning—Elementary Rotation, 4th and 5th Grade—printable PDF
1/4 Time in Digital Learning Per Subject—Elementary Rotation + Specialization—printable PDF
A Day in the Life—Elementary Subject Specialization + Time-Technology Rotation—printable PDF
1/2 Time in Digital Learning Per Subject—Secondary Rotation—printable PDF
Using the School Models and Implementing an Opportunity Culture
Leading Educators: Empowering Teacher-Leaders to Extend Their Reach by Leading Teams —printable PDF—This case study profiles Anna Lavely of Kansas, who participates in Leading Educators’ two-year fellowship aimed at developing the leadership of already-excellent teachers
Charlotte, N.C.’s Project L.I.F.T.: Designing New Teaching Roles to Create Culture of Excellence in High-Need Schools (coming soon!)
Touchstone Education: Using Multi-Classroom Leadership and Time-Technology Swap to Extend the Reach of Great Teachers (coming soon!)
Career Paths for Educators
Summary of Teacher Career Paths—printable PDF
Teacher, Leader, and Paraprofessional Career Paths—printable PDF
Career Paths that Respect Teachers’ Time—printable PDF
Teacher Pay & Career Advancement: A Leader’s Guide—printable PDF
Teacher and Staff Selection, Development, & Evaluation Toolkit—printable PDF—Includes job descriptions for six reach models (covering most jobs in all reach models); behavioral competencies that staff members may need in each new role; selection guidelines and interview questions and protocols; evaluation materials; and a development planning tool for teachers and leaders to use together.
Financial Planning Tools
Financial Planning Summary—printable PDF—Describes the expected savings and costs of implementing reach models. This summary covers all model categories and includes a summary table.
Financial Planning for Elementary Subject Specialization—printable PDF—Describes how teachers in this school model may earn more, sustainably, with calculations of savings and costs showing how schools could increase teacher pay up to 43%, without increasing class sizes and within available budgets. See more about this model here.
Financial Planning for Multi-Classroom Leadership—printable PDF—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 available budgets. See more about this model here.
Financial Planning for Time-Technology Swap—Rotation—printable PDF—Describes how teachers in this school model may earn more, sustainably, with calculations of savings and costs showing how schools could increase teacher pay up to 41%, without increasing class sizes and within available budgets. See more about this model here.
Fact Sheet for School Design Teams—printable PDF—Provides statistics about teacher and student time, homework time, class sizes, pay, and teacher performance.
Tailoring Models to Fit Your School—webpage—Provides an overview of factors in addition to reach goals to consider when redesigning schools, such as the school’s goals, values, policy and costs constraints, implementation steps, and communication of changes.
Using Excellent Teachers’ Time Wisely—webpage—Describes ways to use excellent teachers’ time wisely, including leadership, collaboration, development, learning personalization, and job flexibility for retention. Also describes time boosters, including time-saving technology, delegation, and homework flipping.
What Makes Great Digital Instruction—webpage—Explains seven factors determining the quality of digital instruction: alignment, advancement, assessment, advice, accessibility, application, and accountability.
Change Management: Key Theories to Consider When Extending Reach—printable PDF—Describes major theories of how organizations and sectors change and improve.
Reaching Students with Excellent Teachers in Schools Where Too Few Teachers are Producing High-Growth Learning—printable PDF—Provides possible approaches for schools with very few excellent teachers, with suggestions for immediate actions and planning for the future.
Redesigning Schools Process Principles—printable PDF—Provides brief principles for those involved in the process of designing, communicating, and implementing reach extension.
School Redesign Roles and Responsibilities—printable PDF—Provides a checklist of duties for those involved in school redesigns—a board, superintendent or other leader, team leader, design teams, consultants, and principals.
Communicating with Teachers and Community
Teaching in an Opportunity Culture—webpage
Career Paths that Respect Teachers: More Pay & Time to Collaborate, Lead, Reach More Students—printable PDF—Speaks directly to excellent teachers and those aspiring to excellence about how new career paths in an Opportunity Culture benefit them, making the best use of their valuable time, for more pay, as they reach more students and lead their peers.
An Opportunity Culture for Teaching and Learning: Moving Toward A Highly Paid, High-Impact Profession—printable PDF—Speaks directly to excellent teachers and those aspiring to excellence to introduce the concepts of an Opportunity Culture and its benefits for teachers and staff.
An Opportunity Culture for Teaching and Learning: Communications Planning Template—printable PDF—Provides a blank template for schools to develop a plan to inform and engage teachers and staff about the implementation of an Opportunity Culture, including timing, objectives, activities, resources, and target audiences.
An Opportunity Culture for Teaching and Learning: Communications Planning Timeline—printable PDF—Provides a suggested timeline and steps for the critical work of communicating with teachers and staff as schools introduce an Opportunity Culture and new teaching models, with tips on managing the change process.
An Opportunity Culture for Teaching and Learning: Slide Deck—printable PDF with speaker notes; printable PDF without notes—A presentation about what teaching and learning could look like in an Opportunity Culture, with or without full speaker notes.