What is a scalable, sustainable tutoring culture, and how can schools build it? Opportunity Culture schools can create a tutoring culture when those in Multi-Classroom Leader (MCL) roles guide their teams to maximize the impact of small-group teaching and tutoring for all students, with all available adults. Our new on-demand module for district and school leaders and those in MCL roles provides an overview of […]
Maximize Opportunity Culture Models to Respond to NAEP Results
The NAEP results released this week may feel deeply discouraging—if not surprising—to weary educators. But Opportunity Culture research points to sustainable, scalable ways to improve student learning—and at Public Impact, we see ways to improve learning well beyond those initial research findings. This is the moment for Opportunity Culture schools and districts—and those considering using […]
It’s Time to Rethink the ‘One Teacher, One Classroom’ Model
Education Week, July 20, 2022, by Irene Chen and Stephanie Banchero The last few years have taken a toll on our teachers. The COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing cultural divisions, and the Uvalde, Texas, massacre all weigh heavily. Morale is at an all-time low. Now is the time to rethink the teaching profession. Perhaps unsurprisingly, some districts […]
Lessons from Pandemic Learning Pods
Over the past year, Public Impact has worked with the Center on Reinventing Public Education to learn about the innovations that emerged when schools shut down due to Covid, particularly, pandemic pods. In two reports and four case studies, we profile examples of pandemic pods and show the potential for innovation in the current education […]
Research Maps Supports Needed to Sustain Learning Pods
When Covid forced students to learn from home in spring 2020, families were left largely on their own to figure out how to fill the gaps in school structure and supports, leading to the emergence of learning pods. Some of these small learning communities continued into fall 2021, either because of continued pandemic uncertainty or […]
Mitigating Teacher Resignations; Scaling Up Small-Group Tutoring
This edition of our newsletter includes the following features stories, and more: Resetting Teaching: Mitigating the Great Resignation Making sense of the conflicting reports about teacher shortages and resignations may take many more months, but CNET took a solid look in The Great Resignation Hasn’t Hit School Teachers Yet. Here’s Why It Still Might. It highlights […]
The Great Resignation Hasn’t Hit School Teachers Yet. Here’s Why It Still Might
CNET, February 14, 2022 by Antonio Ruiz Camacho. The pandemic may be the last straw for a profession mired in stagnant pay, compounding demands and endemic burnout. The situation has some asking if the field of teaching needs a reset. It took just a simple question for Andria Nelson to grasp how different the world […]
January Opportunity Culture Newsletter: Connect with Your OC Community & Share Strategies!
The January Opportunity Culture newsletter includes opportunities for community, a reflection from educators on continued pandemic challenges, tools and videos for educators, Opportunity Culture news, and more. Featured stories include: “Everybody is Traumatized”: Opportunity Culture Fellows on Keeping On By Sharon Kebschull Barrett, January 25, 2022 With ongoing Covid-related stresses this year, many Opportunity Culture educators […]
Multiple Groups Recommend Opportunity Culture Models as a Covid Recovery Strategy
As districts continue to cope with a drawn-out end to the pandemic and worsening staff shortages, education research groups, advocacy organizations, and state and federal offices have publicized strategies for Covid recovery—with many suggesting Opportunity Culture models as one strategy to consider. U.S. Department of Education, Strategies for Using American Rescue Plan Funding to Address the […]
Our Highest-Need Students: How Can School Deliver for Them Post-Pandemic?
Public Impact and FutureEd teamed up to host a panel discussion on the report, Identifying Schools Achieving Great Results with Highest-Need Students.
4 Ways Districts Are Giving Teachers More Flexibility in Their Jobs
Education Week, May 4, 2021, by Madeline Will. The coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdowns have permanently shifted the way many industries think about how and where people work. But will school districts follow suit and embrace workplace flexibility? The model of one teacher standing in front of a class for six or seven hours a […]
Education Lessons from the Pandemic
The Hill, March 13, 2021, by Thomas Toch and Lynn Olson. The pandemic relief package that just cleared Congress includes no less than $126 billion for schools, and there’s talk in education circles of using a portion of the money to reduce class sizes by hiring thousands of teachers to increase social distancing in schools. But scattered teacher shortages in parts […]