Tools for School Design Teams

Click on each category to go to all our links, which provide a map to all the Public Impact tools that districts and school design teams need to understand and imagine an Opportunity Culture, tailor our models to extend the reach of their excellent teachers, and communicate and implement the changes.

Understanding an Opportunity Culture

  • Including videos and slide presentations

Understanding the School Models

  • Including detailed models and scheduling examples

Using the School Models and Implementing an Opportunity Culture

  • Including case studies, career paths, and financial planning tools

Communicating with Teachers and Community

  • Including items that speak directly to teachers about an Opportunity Culture, plus communications plans

Imagining an Opportunity Culture

  • Scenario exercises for professors and districts

Understanding an Opportunity Culture

The Opportunity Culture Principleswebpage–Lists and explains the five Opportunity Culture Principles schools must adhere to for a successful redesign of jobs and career paths.

Infographicwebpageprintable PDF—Describes “reach extension” in a snapshot

An Opportunity Culture for All: Making Teaching a Highly Paid, High-Impact Professionprintable PDF—This brief by Public Impact Co-Directors Emily Ayscue Hassel and Bryan C. Hassel updates their vision of an Opportunity Culture. It explains how extending the reach of great teachers can start a virtuous cycle of excellence and higher pay for all teachers.

Videoswebpage—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 definition and virtuous cycle graphicwebpage—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 Matterswebpage

Opportunity at the Top summaryprintable PDF—Explains why schools must extend the reach of excellent teachers, in addition to using better recruitment, development, retention, and dismissal practices.

Helpful Terms for School Design Teamswebpage; printable PDF—Defines key terms used in models.

Frequently Asked Questionswebpage

Resources for Teacherswebpage

Understanding the School Models

Model Overviews

School Models Overviewwebpage;  printable PDF—Provides Opportunity Culture Principles, a summary table of models, and one-paragraph descriptions of over 20 models for extending excellent teachers’ reach.

School Models Overview Table webpage; printable PDF

Helpful Terms for School Design Teamswebpageprintable PDF

Secondary School Model Resourceswebpage—This page contains resources for planning a secondary school.

Elementary School Model Resourceswebpage—This page contains resources for planning an elementary school.

Model Details—Selected Models—Detailed descriptions of 10 models for extending excellent teachers’ reach.

Class-Size Increases School Modelprintable PDF

Class-Size Shifting School Modelprintable PDF

Subject Specialization (Elementary) School Modelprintable PDF

In-Person Rotation + Subject Specialization (Elementary) School Modelprintable PDF

Multi-Classroom Leadership (“Pods”) School Modelprintable PDF

In-Person Rotation (Elementary) School Modelprintable PDF

In-Person Rotation (Secondary) School Modelprintable PDF

In-Person Flex  School Modelprintable PDF

Remote Time-Technology Swaps (Rotation and Flex) School Modelprintable PDF

Multi-Combinations School Modelprintable PDF

Time-Time Swap School Modelprintable PDF

Example Schedules for Rotation Modelswebpage—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 Teachingprintable 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 + Specializationprintable PDF

A Day in the Life—Elementary Subject Specialization + Time-Technology Rotation—printable PDF

1/2 Time in Digital Learning Per Subject—Secondary Rotationprintable PDF

Example Schedule for Specialization Modelswebpage—Specialization models allow teachers to focus on their best subjects. Careful scheduling with these models allows teachers to consolidate their  planning and collaboration time.

Schedule Example: Elementary Subject Specializationprintable PDF

Using the School Models and Implementing an Opportunity Culture

NEWProjected Statewide Impact of “Opportunity Culture” School Models —printable PDF—This brief estimates the impact of a statewide implementation of Opportunity Culture models, using North Carolina as an example. Impacts estimated include student learning outcomes, gross state product, teacher pay, and other career characteristics, and state income tax revenue.

Case Studies

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.: New Teaching Roles Create Culture of Excellence in High-Need Schoolsprintable PDF—This case study details the steps four schools took and the challenges they faced as they prepared to kick off their Opportunity Culture models at the beginning of the 2013–14 school year

Charlotte, N.C.’s Project L.I.F.T.: One Teacher’s View of Becoming a Paid Teacher-Leaderprintable PDF—This companion piece presents a Q&A with an excellent teacher who served on one school’s design team, and is now set to take on one of the redesigned jobs as a multi-classroom leader

Touchstone Education: New Charter With Experienced Leaders Learns From Extending Teachers’ Reachprintable PDF—This case study looks at a small first-year school within a charter school organization that has big plans for growth, to see how it combined Multi-Classroom Leadership and a Time-Technology Swap for strong reading results.

Rocketship Education: Pioneering Charter Network Innovates Again, Bringing Tech Closer to Teachers—printable PDFThis case study details how Rocketship, a pioneering, rapidly expanding charter school network, planned to refine its blended-learning model in the 2013–14 year. It intended to give teachers more control over the students’ digital learning and hoped to further individualize the teaching. Watch for future updates to see how these changes do and don’t achieve the network’s goals for student learning.

Career Paths for Educators

An Opportunity Culture for All: Career Paths that Work for Teachers and Studentsprintable PDF with speaker notesprintable PDF without notesSlide deck briefly details history behind current status of the teaching profession, and explains how Opportunity Culture career continuums extend excellent teachers’ reach, enable higher pay, make good use of teams, and give great teachers authority and accountability

Summary of Teacher Career Pathsprintable PDF—Provides summary of descriptions of jobs using Opportunity Culture models, and chart showing career progressions

Teacher, Leader, and Paraprofessional Career Pathsprintable PDF—Provides teacher and teacher-leader and paraprofessional career paths in detail, as well as Opportunity Culture job descriptions

Career Paths that Respect Teachers: More Pay & Time to Collaborate, Lead, Reach More Studentsprintable 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.

Teacher Pay & Career Advancement: A Leader’s Guideprintable PDF—Offers overview for school, state, and district leaders to understand an Opportunity Culture and its effects on teachers and students, with school models, career paths, and sustainable higher pay options explained

Teacher and Staff Selection, Development, & Evaluation Toolkitprintable 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 Summaryprintable 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 Specializationprintable 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 Leadershipprintable 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—Rotationprintable 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.

Financial Planning for Secondary-Level Time-Technology Swap + Multi-Classroom Leadershipprintable PDF—Describes the expected savings and costs associated with a Secondary Time-Technology Swap alone and in combination with Multi-Classroom Leadership.

NEW! Multi-Classroom Leader Team Staffing and Pay Exampleprintable PDF—Explains potential pay increases for a multi-classroom leader and team teachers on multi-classroom leader teams.

Six Ways to Pay All Teachers More Within Budgetprintable PDF—Details our fresh approach to paying teachers more by using redesigned jobs and age-appropriate technology to reallocate spending toward what matters most—great teaching.

Comparing Pay Increases in Extended-Reach Modelsprintable PDF—Short tables show the pay increases possible with the various Opportunity Culture models.

How Digital Instruction Enables Higher Payprintable PDF—Provides a one-page overview of the savings that these blended-learning models can make available for higher teacher pay, more planning, and enhanced collaboration at the elementary and secondary levels.

Fact Sheet for School Design Teamsprintable PDF—Provides statistics about teacher and student time, homework time, class sizes, pay, and teacher performance.

Tailoring Models to Fit Your Schoolwebpage—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 Wiselywebpage—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 Instructionwebpage—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 Reachprintable 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 Learningprintable PDF—Provides possible approaches for schools with very few excellent teachers, with suggestions for immediate actions and planning for the future.

Redesigning Schools Process Principlesprintable PDF—Provides brief principles for those involved in the process of designing, communicating, and implementing reach extension.

School Redesign Roles and Responsibilitiesprintable 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 Culturewebpage

Career Paths that Respect Teachers: More Pay & Time to Collaborate, Lead, Reach More Studentsprintable 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 Professionprintable 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 Templateprintable 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 Timelineprintable 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 Deckprintable PDF with speaker notesprintable PDF without notes—A presentation about what teaching and learning could look like in an Opportunity Culture, with or without full speaker notes.

NEW! An “Opportunity Culture” for Teachers and Students: An Introduction for Parentsprintable PDF—One-pager to give to parents that introduces the concept of an Opportunity Culture, the models, and the benefits for students and teachers.

Imagining an Opportunity Culture

Scenario exercises for professors and district administrators—District administrators can use these as an exercise in rethinking the standard school set-up, and professors in business, public policy, or education schools, or teacher or leader preparation programs, can use these with their classes. Scenario planners assume the role of a school principal who must develop a plan to give all students access to excellent teachers with the school’s current excellent teachers, without any new funding.

New Civil Right Scenario Introductionprintable PDF

Scenario 1: Urban, High-Poverty Elementary School—printable PDF

Scenario 2: Urban, High-Poverty High Schoolprintable PDF

Scenario 3: Rural, High-Poverty Elementary Schoolprintable PDF

Scenario 4: Remote Area of a Developing Countryprintable PDF