Public Schools Strategic Plan 2015 outlines our commitment to providing excellent
learning environments for our students and families, and must recruit
and retain the best teachers in the field to achieve our goals. That’s why IPS
is proud to announce a rewarding new option for skilled teachers through the
Opportunity Culture model!
Created by Public Impact, the Opportunity Culture initiative is an innovative school
model which offers veteran teachers a chance to receive significant
compensation for their years of service and skilled educational techniques.
Under the model, teachers specialized in high-priority core learning areas will
travel between classrooms to provide
instruction, while additional instructional team members lead classroom
learning for other subjects and activities. Targeted instruction will be
supplemented by daily digital learning blocks, also ensuring that students
have increased access to technology.
“Teacher leadership is critical,” Superintendent Dr. Lewis
D. Ferebee said to a group of IPS teachers at the Strategic Plan Educator
Excellence event this week. “As a principal, I know that I alone could not
transform student achievement. We must do this to develop excellent teachers
who become excellent leaders, and I anticipate a tremendous impact on our
Multi-Classroom Leaders (MCLs) serve as both teachers and
team leaders, and educators leading our largest teams will receive an
additional $18,300 stipend on top of their base salary. This means a 16-year
veteran teacher could earn $77,000 yearly, which is nearly 40% more than the
current average salary! MCLs leading smaller teaching teams will earn
$6,800-$11,400 in addition to their base salary. A complete breakdown of
Opportunity Culture roles in IPS and compensation can be found here.
Public Impact will provide IPS support and guidance
throughout the planning process, but school decisions will all be made by our
own staff. The entire project will be guided by an IPS District Design Team, in
collaboration with school-based design teams to tailor the model to fit
each school’s individual needs. Select schools will roll out the Opportunity
Culture model to begin the 2016-2017 school year.