Emily Ayscue Hassel


The Big U-Turn

How to bring schools from the brink of doom to stellar success

Winter 2009 / Vol. 9, No. 1

A Story of Two Children

Why Can’t Our Schools Acknowledge Them?

Spring 2005 / Vol. 4, No. 2

Blog Posts/Multimedia

How To Get Past the “Talent Hogs” Problem

Redesign roles, budgets, and schedules to put excellent teachers in charge of small teaching teams, for more pay.


A Missing Key Ingredient for Widespread Personalization: Innovative School Staffing

In typical schools, teachers just don’t have the daily guidance, constant feedback, and support from colleagues to improve fast when trying something new.


New Research on Opportunity Culture: Multi-Classroom Leaders’ Teams Produce Significant Learning Gains

The study compared student growth in classrooms led by teachers in Opportunity Culture roles to student growth in non-Opportunity Culture classrooms.


One More Time Now: Why Lowering Class Sizes Backfires

A large-scale reduction requires hiring massively more teachers, dipping deeper and deeper into the applicant pool.


Every School Can Have a Great Principal: A Fresh Vision for How

A new kind of principal would work with a “team of leaders” made up of great teachers within their school and could also lead multiple schools.


Keep Your Yardsticks Off Teachers’ Careers, Unless . . .

… the results of teacher evaluations are used to give teachers better on-the-job training and meaningful opportunities for advancement.


Digital Providers: Let Great Teachers Drive Technology Use, Get Results

What should we take away from News Corp.’s recent announcement that it is writing off losses stemming from its digital education wing Amplify?


Instead of Ineffective Professional Development, Try Redesigning Teacher Roles

TNTP’s new report The Mirage is appropriately gloomy on the overall state of professional learning nationwide, but change is already happening in some places.


Opportunity Culture Outcomes: The First Two Years

Can we work together to change policies and systems to support giving every student access to excellent teaching, and giving every teacher outstanding career opportunities without being forced up and out of the classroom?


High-Poverty Schools With No Trouble Attracting Great Teachers

Higher pay is one currency, but hope is just as powerful for attracting great educators to serve in the schools that need them most.


How a State Could Achieve Major Gains in Learning, Pay, Economy

Redesigning jobs to extend the reach of excellent teachers to more students by having them work in collaborative teams will bring benefits to teachers, students, and the state as a whole.


Charlotte to Expand Opportunity Culture to Almost Half Its Schools

What if all our nation’s schools could offer “dream jobs in education”? Charlotte schools are dreaming big—with dreams firmly rooted in reality.


Using Blended Learning to Pay Teachers More

The power of blended learning—to let students learn individually paced basics online, so teachers can focus on personalized, enriched face-to-face instruction—can bring excellent teaching to more students, and enable all teachers to earn more.


Scalable Way for Middle and High Schools to Increase Teacher Pay, Planning Time

Middle and high school teachers who use blended learning and lead teaching teams can earn 20 to 67 percent more, within current budgets, and without class-size increases.


Refreshing the Vision of an Opportunity Culture—for All

New school models that allow all teachers to succeed in teams increase the odds of widespread improvement in teaching and learning.


Rocketship Education Brings Tech Closer to Teachers

Rocketship leaders will fix a disconnect they see between what happens in the online learning lab and the classroom, to give teachers more control over the students’ digital learning and further individualize the teaching.


Charlotte’s Project L.I.F.T. Creates New Teaching Roles for More Pay

A new case study explains the steps taken to redesign four schools


How One Leading Educators Fellow Extends Her Reach

How can schools redesign jobs and use technology to reach more students with excellent teachers? And how can they offer teachers more pay, within budget?


Paid Student Teachers Enable Higher Teacher-Leader Pay

Why not enter the teaching profession by learning from the best, on the job, and getting paid for it?


Teachers Say ‘Yes!’ to Opportunity Culture

A year ago, Public Impact began working with school design teams of pilot schools to choose and tailor school models for extending the reach of excellent teachers to more students.


The Original Personalization App—Great Teachers

With all the buzz about the District Race to the Top and jockeying to fit it into differing agendas, you might miss its simple premise.


How to Pay Teachers Dramatically More, Within Budget

Schools could free funds to pay excellent teachers in teaching roles up to 40 percent more and teacher-leaders up to about 130 percent more, within current budgets and without increasing class sizes.


Teacher Evaluation Outside the One-Teacher-One-Classroom Mode

As more schools use technology and new staffing models to reach more students with personalized learning and excellent teachers, how will evaluation systems keep up?


Financially Sustainable Career Paths for Teachers

New career paths for teachers send a clear, sustainable message that schools value teaching excellence and their great teachers’ positive impact on students, peers, and their profession.


Redesigning Schools for Financially Sustainable Excellence: Infographic!

Everybody loves a good infographic and we hope this one will change how you view education reform efforts.


New Models for Extending the Reach of Excellent Teachers: Seeking Implementers

We can all debate the relative importance of various education reforms, but one is little disputed: Excellent teachers produce more learning progress than other teachers, and they move kids on to higher-order learning.


Reformers: We Must Be Much Bolder to Reach Every Child with Excellent Teachers

Here’s the problem: even if our nation fully implemented most of the recommended legislation in the next decade, we still would be far behind other nations that made bolder changes years ago. In contrast, of course, many conservatives want to leave education up to state legislators, on whose watch K-12 education has plateaued and declined.


Importing Leaders for Turnarounds

Potentially thousands of leaders capable of managing successful school turnarounds work outside education, in nonprofit and health organizations, the military, and the private sector.


Elite Tenure: Oxymoron, or the Next Big Thing?

Could redesigned tenure actually help grow the size and power of an elite teaching corps that reaches far more children with high-progress learning?


Going Exponential: Growing the Charter Sector’s Best

The top 10 percent of charter schools in the U.S. serve 167,000 children annually. If just this elite subset of charter schools grew at the 40 percent rate we see in other sectors, they could serve some 26 million students every year by 2025. Even if only half of the nation’s best charter operators grew that quickly, they could collectively serve every low-income child in American in 15 years.


3X for All: Extending the Reach of Education’s Best

Instead of just trying to recruit more great teachers, what if schools chose to reach more children with the great teachers they already have?

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