The staff at Shamrock Gardens seems to think so. Our partner, Rachel Hunt, was with a delegation of NC legislators, NC Superintendent Mark Johnson and the Hunt Institute http://www.hunt-institute.org/ who spent a morning at Shamrock Gardens Elementary last week to observe an “Opportunity Culture” called “Success by Design” in the classrooms and from the mouths of administration and staff. The experience could not have been more positive. An Opportunity Culture creates a team of teachers and administrators using multi-classroom leadership, elementary specialization and time swaps to achieve greatness. “It extends the reach of excellent teachers to more students, for more pay, within school budgets, with time to learn on the job.”http://opportunityculture.org
Measurable outcomes at Shamrock Gardens, a Title 1 school have been impressive. Teacher turnover has gone from 56% to 7.5%. For the 2017-18 School Year, Shamrock Gardens expects to exceed growth in all sub-group areas, with 62.5% reading and 78% Math for 4th grade. Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools currently has 31 schools implementing an Opportunity Culture. If you want your child to have a teacher who is more fulfilled and getting paid more then find schools with an Opportunity Culture.