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Welcome to CTEP: Opportunity Culture Texas!

The Texas System of Education Service Centers, with the support of the Texas Education Agency, is embarking on an innovative school redesign project in Turnaround schools across the state. This project will engage stakeholders in thinking strategically to optimize resources—time, people, and money—and redesign schools to enhance the academic growth of students.

CTEP: Opportunity Culture Texas is grounded in Public Impact’s research on school models designed to extend the reach of excellent teachers. These excellent teachers reach more students directly through instruction and indirectly through teacher leadership responsibilities as they support a team of teachers. Teacher leaders responsible for this specialized work are paid more to do so—all within exiting budgets.

What does participation in the CTEP: Opportunity Culture Texas look like?

District and campus-level leaders, both administrators and teachers, work together with Education Service Centers and consultants from Education First and Public Impact to explore school models that maximize resources and accelerate student achievement. A local District Design Team and School Design Teams at each participating campus plan and implement components of one or more of the successful school redesign models with help of design facilitators. The redesign models extending the reach of excellent teachers are selected and customized to best address the academic needs of the local site.

Teachers selected for newly-designed teacher leadership positions in these schools have demonstrated consistent exemplary results with students and exhibit superior Turnaround leadership competencies. The teacher leaders experience a rigorous, multi-step selection process and receive intensive training, as well as on-going support, to help them successfully engage in their new role.

Our Principles

Teams of teachers and school leaders choose and tailor models to:

  1. Reach more students with excellent teachers and their teams
  2. Pay teachers more for extending their reach
  3. Fund pay within existing budgets
  4. Provide protected in—school time and clarity about how to use it for planning, collaboration, and development
  5. Match authority and accountability to each person's responsibilities

For more information on Public Impact’s work, visit

CTEP: Opportunity Culture Texas in the Media

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Twelve campuses implement Opportunity Culture leveraging District of Innovation flexibilities.Read more...
Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Campuses employ teachers with a history of excellence to extend their impact to more teachers more students.Read more...
Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Urban district implements teacher leadership roles to support quality instruction and student growth.Read more...
Wed, 06 Sep 2017
Two new instructional job descriptions will be implemented in Big Spring this fall: Multi-Classroom Leaders and Reach Associates.Read more...
Thu, 31 Aug 2017
San Antonio-area district joins the Opportunity Culture Texas and implements teacher leadership roles in 2016. Contact : Sharon Kebschull Barrett; 919.929.4544 FOR IMME...Read more...

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