Published on Real Clear Education, May 15, 2015, by Multi-Classroom Leader Kristin Cubbage.
This piece is the first 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.; and Syracuse, N.Y. use 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.
In 2013, my career trajectory changed in a matter of minutes. As a fourth-year teacher, I’d been feeling the itch to take on more leadership. But in education, if a teacher desires any kind of leadership role and — gasp — more pay, the only choice is to leave the classroom completely to become an administrator.
I’d already left my career in marketing specifically to work in a high-poverty school, feeling called to that after working in a shelter for battered women and children from high-poverty areas. The thought of leaving my little people behind for a solitary office left my stomach in knots. [Read more…]