Recruit, Select, and Keep Education Talent

Ashley Park PreK-8 Launches Multi-Classroom Leadership and Blended Learning

Ashley Park PreK-8 Launches Multi-Classroom Leadership and Blended Learning As a turnaround effort began to show results at Charlotte’s Ashley Part PreK-8, improvements in language arts achievement lagged. This Public Impact case study looks at why Ashley Park chose to implement an Opportunity Culture to address this, by using Multi-Classroom Leadership and blended learning through a Time-Technology Swap, and how the early days of implementation helped the school retain its best teachers. Watch the accompanying video, Ranson and Ashley Park Choose an Opportunity Culture. … [Read more...]

Ranson IB Middle School Launches an Opportunity Culture

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Ranson IB Middle School Launches an Opportunity Culture Ranson IB Middle School in Charlotte, a high-poverty school struggling to improve academic achievement and teacher retention, turned to an Opportunity Culture to address its need for excellent teachers. This case study from Public Impact looks at the early days of Ranson’s implementation of two Opportunity Culture job models—Multi-Classroom Leadership and Time-Technology Swaps—and how an Opportunity Culture improved its recruitment and retention of great teachers. Watch the accompanying video, Ranson and Ashley Park Choose an Opportunity … [Read more...]

An Opportunity Culture for Teaching and Learning: Introduction

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An Opportunity Culture for Teaching and Learning: Introduction To understand an Opportunity Culture, start here: For excellent teachers and those aspiring to excellence, and for administrative or education policy leaders, this brief provides an overview of how an Opportunity Culture can help teachers have the well-paid, empowered profession they deserve—while helping many more students succeed.   … [Read more...]

Recruiting in an Opportunity Culture

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Recruiting in an Opportunity Culture What brings excellent teachers in droves to apply for jobs in hard-to-staff schools? Project L.I.F.T. in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District started by offering a complete Opportunity Culture package of career advancement roles, then advertised those roles early, often, and clearly—leading to a strong uptick in both the quantity and quality of applicants for teaching roles at schools that previously saw many positions go unfilled. L.I.F.T. leaders explain how they did it in this brief vignette, with an accompanying video of principals and district … [Read more...]

Reaching All Students with Excellent STEM Teachers

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Reaching All Students with Excellent STEM Teachers In the U.S., STEM subjects—science, technology, engineering, and math—face urgent needs for great STEM teachers and well-educated students. An Opportunity Culture can help by extending the reach of excellent STEM teachers already in our schools and creating a teaching profession that attracts and retains these teachers through higher pay, within regular budgets, and multiple advancement opportunities. The Education Leaders’ Brief summarizes the grim facts about STEM employment and learning in the U.S. today, emerging efforts to stem the … [Read more...]

Teacher Pay and Career Paths in an Opportunity Culture

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Teacher Pay and Career Paths in an Opportunity Culture: A Practical Policy Guide This guide shows how districts can design teacher career paths that will keep excellent teachers in the classroom and extend their reach to more students, for more pay, within budget. When districts design these paths, they create opportunities for excellent teachers to reach more students directly and by leading teaching teams, for solid teachers to contribute to excellence immediately, and for all teachers to receive the support and development they deserve. The full guide walks a district through the … [Read more...]

Lacking Leaders

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Lacking Leaders: The Challenges of Principal Recruitment, Selection, and Placement In this report for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Public Impact takes an in-depth look at principal hiring practices in five urban districts. Despite making improvements, our primary finding is that principal hiring practices continue to fall short of what is needed, effectively causing needy schools to lose out on leaders with the potential to be great. So what to do? Districts must improve their hiring practices to take a more active approach to principal recruitment, evaluate candidates against the … [Read more...]

New Career Paths

New Career Paths Public Impact has published an overview of multiple career paths that schools can use to expand opportunities for their teachers. These career paths match Public Impact’s school models that use job redesign and technology to extend the reach of excellent teachers to more students, for more pay, within budget. Most of these school models create new roles and collaborative teams enabling all teachers and staff to develop and contribute to excellence. We call this an “Opportunity Culture.” In an Opportunity Culture, all teachers have career opportunities dependent upon their … [Read more...]

Selection, Development and Evaluation Toolkit

Teacher and Staff Selection, Development, & Evaluation Toolkit This toolkit includes job descriptions, competencies, and companion tools that may be used to select, evaluate, and develop teachers and staff. These materials are built for six of the more than 20 school models described here. The jobs included in the toolkit cover most of the other school models as well. Some schools may combine school models, and in turn will need to alter the job descriptions and other materials accordingly. Schools must adapt these materials to fit each school setting and to incorporate additional … [Read more...]

Shooting for Stars: Cross-Sector Lessons for Retaining High-Performing Educators

Shooting for Stars: Cross-Sector Lessons for Retaining High-Performing Educators This report, written with support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, identifies four common strategies employed by other sectors to disproportionately retain high performers and discusses how committed education leaders could begin applying these strategies right now. Read more...     … [Read more...]

Developing Education Talent Pipelines for Charter Schools: A Citywide Approach

Developing Education Talent Pipelines for Charter Schools: A Citywide Approach This white paper highlights six indicators of a robust talent pipeline so that charter supporters of all kinds—including charter school leaders, talent providers, charter support organizations, philanthropies, and politicians—can evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their own efforts. It also shows through the examples of Indianapolis and New Orleans how charter supporters have been able to grow the supply of effective charter school teachers and leaders by focusing on these indicators. This white paper is part … [Read more...]

Teacher Tenure Reform: Applying Lessons from the Civil Service and Higher Education

Teacher Tenure Reform: Applying Lessons from the Civil Service and Higher Education Could redesigned K-12 teacher tenure actually improve student learning? Could it help to grow the size and power of an elite teaching corps that reaches far more children? This paper examines lessons from higher education and the civil service and applies fresh thinking to offer new “elite” and “inclusive” tenure designs and a framework for policymakers who want to make tenure meaningful. Today, K-12 tenure is granted to nearly all teachers, with almost no criteria, and within the first few years of teaching. … [Read more...]

Preparing for Growth: Human Capital Innovations in Charter Public Schools

Preparing for Growth: Human Capital Innovations in Charter Public Schools Many have suggested that charter schools can be key agents in leading dramatic improvements in public education. However, the small number of highly-successful charter schools and charter management organizations currently in operation throughout the country will have to grow much faster in order to meet this challenge. To achieve that growth, they also will need a strong supply of great teachers and leaders. This report, for the Center for American Progress, by Christi Chadwick and Julie Kowal, looks at six leading … [Read more...]

Beyond Classroom Walls: Developing Innovative Work Roles for Teachers

Beyond Classroom Walls: Developing Innovative Work Roles for Teachers The job of “teacher” in most schools today remains centered on full-time classroom responsibilities that are defined by the location, timing, and schedule of the school day and a one-teacher-per-classroom model. But particularly in today’s budget climate, interest in quality-focused job redesigns is increasing among forward-thinking state, district, and charter school leaders. In this report, prepared by Julie Kowal and Dana Brinson for the Center for American Progress, we profile two organizations—the Rocketship Education … [Read more...]

Competencies for Turnaround Success Series

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Competencies for Turnaround Success Series Public Impact has developed a series of resources designed to support school turnarounds. The series includes guides and toolkits that help select turnaround leaders and teachers based on the competencies–or patterns of thinking, feeling, speaking, and acting–that enable them to be successful in turnarounds.     … [Read more...]

Importing Leaders for School Turnarounds: Lessons and Opportunities

Importing Leaders for School Turnarounds: Lessons and Opportunities One of the biggest challenges in education today is identifying talented candidates to successfully lead turnarounds of persistently low-achieving schools. Evidence suggests that the traditional principal pool is already stretched to capacity and cannot supply enough leaders to fix failing schools. But potentially thousands of leaders capable of managing successful turnarounds work outside education, in nonprofit and health organizations, the military, and the private sector. If only a fraction of those leaders used their … [Read more...]

Expanding the Pipeline of Teachers and Principals in Urban Public Schools: Design Principles and Conditions for Success

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Expanding the Pipeline of Teachers and Principals in Urban Public Schools: Design Principles and Conditions for Success (pdf) Meeting the significant demand for outstanding teachers and principals is a persistent challenge in many urban school systems. This report, prepared by Public Impact for the Cleveland Foundation and the George Gund Foundation, analyzes common themes among eighteen promising programs to attract and prepare teachers and principals for success in urban school systems.   … [Read more...]

Cultivating Success through Multiple Providers, A New State Strategy for Improving the Quality of Teacher Preparation

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Cultivating Success through Multiple Providers, A New State Strategy for Improving the Quality of Teacher Preparation Co-authored by Bryan C. Hassel and Michele E. Sherburne (Chapter 8 of A Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom?, Harvard Education Publishing Group). This chapter explores a new state strategy for improving the quality of teacher preparation: authorizing a portfolio of providers. Under this strategy a state would cultivate a robust portfolio of providers of teacher preparation. These providers, including traditional purveyors of teacher education, nonprofit organizations and … [Read more...]