Breakout Session 4.4: Developing an Opportunity Culture to Improve Educator Efficacy and Student Outcomes
In this presentation, principals from four Wilson County Schools elementary schools will share details about how advanced teacher roles within an “Opportunity Culture” (OC) have facilitated enhanced student outcomes and educator efficacy across these schools and throughout our district elementary schools.
Over the past two years, these schools have implemented OC with advanced teacher roles to develop teacher-leaders and enhance student performance. In fact, the growth in academic performance at OC schools in Wilson County has surpassed state rates of post-pandemic recovery. Furthermore, during the past two years, all OC elementary schools in Wilson County have met or exceeded expected growth in 2021-22 and 2022-23.
Participants in this session will learn how these schools use Multi-Classroom Leaders (MCLs), the advanced teaching roles component of OC, in a variety of ways. Some schools use multiple “full-release” MCLs who are assigned to specific grades or subjects. Other schools use “partial-release” MCLs, homeroom teachers who receive support from specialized instructional assistants so that they can coach, mentor, model, and support. In return for these advanced responsibilities, schools use their Title 1 budget to compensate teachers, and these stipends are tiered based on the school and the responsibilities.