Criteria for Participating Districts, States, and Charter Organizations (CMOs) Extending the Reach of Excellent Teachers to More Students
Updated October 2013
District/State/CMO and School Leadership Commitment
- Leaders have already implemented a teacher evaluation system that includes individual teachers’ student growth. Teachers in the top 20 to 25 percent can be identified in all subjects in which excellent teachers’ reach will be extended.
- Leaders make a “3X for All” commitment: to reach every child successfully with teaching as good as today’s top quartile in target subjects. Implementation may begin with prototype sites, but with the intention of implementing system-wide.
- Superintendent/CEO commits to the initiative principles, starting with those below.
- Board commits to the initiative principles, starting with those below.
- Superintendent/CEO assigns a person to be fully accountable for implementation.
- Principals in involved schools commit to initiative principles in writing. Consultants can help, but school leaders must drive implementation and communicate with staff and parents.
- Leaders secure funding needed, if any, for design and implementation assistance, documentation, evaluation, and transition costs.
- State policy leader(s) with power to change policies, or significant influence on others to change them, commits to making the specific policy changes needed for extending teachers’ reach within the five reach extension principles. All of the following must be possible under the law: teaching role changes; pay increases; financial sustainability through use of paraprofessionals and reallocation of non-classroom positions to classrooms; scheduling changes for collaboration at school; and formal authority and accountability (for more students’ outcomes) of teachers in extended-reach roles.
Guidelines for Reach Extension Initiatives: The Opportunity Culture Principles
Opportunity Culture Principles
Teams of teachers and school leaders must choose and tailor models to:
- Reach more students with excellent teachers and their teams
- Pay teachers more for extending their reach
- Fund pay within regular budgets
- Provide protected in-school time and clarity about how to use it for planning, collaboration, and development
- Match authority and accountability to each person’s responsibilities
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