Published on Real Clear Education, September 15, 2015, by Multi-Classroom Leader Romain Bertrand
This piece is the fifth in a series of monthly pieces by teachers participating in the Opportunity Culture initiative, a movement launched in 2011 by education policy and consulting firm Public Impact. Pilot schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Cabarrus County, N.C,; Nashville, Tenn.; Syracuse, N.Y.; Big Spring, Texas; and Indianapolis are using Public Impact’s new job models and career paths. These “Opportunity Culture” models are aimed at improving the quality of education by extending the reach of excellent teachers and their teams, to encourage teacher selectivity, increase opportunities for teachers to advance in their careers without leaving the classroom, promote on-the-job learning, and boost teacher pay — all within regular budgets.
As a huge sports fan and a teacher for 16 years, I first smiled at this SportsCenter parody by Key & Peele. This “Teacher Center,” fantasy replaced the athletes featured on ESPN with everyday teachers. The piece went viral, reposted by people amused to see our society’s priorities flipped upside-down: What if we gave as much attention and money to our teachers as our athletes?