Uplift Education is thrilled to announce that it has joined the growing, national Opportunity Culture movement to reach all students with excellent teaching, to help students meet their academic goals and leap ahead. Uplift has partnered with Tarleton State University, Public Impact, and US PREP to design and implement innovative roles that provide powerful support for all educators in a select group of our Tarrant County schools. Funding for the initial design planning and implementation is provided in part by grants from the Fort Worth Education Partnership and Sid W. Richardson Foundation.
Opportunity Culture enables schools to reach every student with excellent teachers, while compensating them for their extra responsibilities, and helping all educators improve on the job and work collaboratively. This program allows top performing teachers to become multi-classroom leaders and reach more students. Opportunity Culture teachers lead and mentor teams of teachers while continuing to teach in their own classroom. Two independent Opportunity Culture studies—one looking at a Texas district—show large student learning gains: https://www.opportunityculture.org/research/.
“The Opportunity Culture initiative and its underlying mission--to improve education dramatically for all students, especially low-income students, students of color, and other students whose needs historically have not been well met—align with Uplift’s work in all our schools,” said Uplift CEO, Yasmin Bhatia.
“We at Public Impact are delighted to work with Uplift as they make decisions about how to use Opportunity Culture roles that can make a difference for students and teachers in their Tarrant County schools,” said Troy Smith, Assistant Vice President for Opportunity Culture state and charter initiatives. “As we’ve seen in the 500-plus schools that have joined the Opportunity Culture initiative so far, teachers love the support, and students see the impact on their learning.”
Opportunity Culture roles and teacher-leader opportunities?at Uplift will be available in the 2022-23 school year in the program at Tarrant County Uplift schools with an annual stiped of $12,000-$15,000. Are you a great teacher who’s ready to take the next step in your career—without leaving the students you love? In an Opportunity Culture, all this is possible!
Quotes from teachers who have been in this program:
* The whole reason I’m an educator is to impact lots of students, and I feel like I’m really having an impact and am able to change their life trajectory through this role.—Middle School Multi-Classroom Leader
* With Opportunity Culture’s Multi-Classroom Leadership, I have a chance to inspire more teachers and students with the opportunity to be the change they want to be.—Middle School Multi-Classroom Leader
* Having a school building where there are leaders among leaders among leaders really changes the climate of a school—it really sets a culture of mutual respect and responsibility and professionalism.—Elementary School Multi-Classroom Leader
Uplift is excited about the synergy this will create for the network and new partnership with Tarleton State and a Fort Worth-specific teacher pipeline. Implementing this framework can optimize teacher talent while providing deep support, which is more important than ever post-Covid. This also positively impacts students who are in need of deeper academic and social-emotional support. It enriches teacher leadership opportunities available to Uplift teachers and helps to codify career pathways that allow teachers to advance without having to leave the classroom.
We believe that all students have the potential to learn and achieve at high levels, all teachers deserve opportunities to excel, and all voices committed to these goals should be heard.
Teachers who are interested in opportunity culture positions can find more information at: https://smrtr.io/88cbC.