Bryan Hassel


The Big U-Turn

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

Winter 2009 / Vol. 9, No. 1

Friendly Competition

Does the presence of charters spur public schools to improve?

Winter 2003 / Vol. 3, No. 1

A Story of Two Children

Why Can’t Our Schools Acknowledge Them?

Spring 2005 / Vol. 4, No. 2

Blog Posts/Multimedia

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.


Focus Federal Investments to Give Every Student Access to Excellent Teachers

To transform America’s public education system, it’s all-hands-on-deck time.


Great Teachers Can Teach More Students, Even Without Raising Class Sizes

In team-based models, schools add new paraprofessionals to teaching teams to do teachers’ administrative paperwork and oversee skill practice, project work, and digital instruction at school.


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.


Trends and Possible Improvements in School Quality Rating Systems

A new report reviews 25 different systems for rating school quality.


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.


Charter “Restarts” Offer Alternative to Closing Failing Schools

When a charter school doesn’t uphold its end of the charter bargain—autonomy for accountability—and fails to produce strong student learning, must closing the school be the only option?


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.


New Charter Empowers Excellent Teachers for Strong Results

What do you get when you combine an experienced charter school leader with a new model that mixes multi-classroom leaders and blended learning in a high-need school?


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?


A Better Blend: Combine Digital Instruction with Great Teaching

Today’s blended models will likely fall short unless they include excellent teachers playing instructional and team leadership roles that maximize technology’s impact in tandem with their own.


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.


Missing the Mark at the Arizona State Ed Tech Summit

It’s a big mistake to position technology as a way to replace teachers.


Authorizers: See What Replacing Failing Charter Schools, Replicating Great Ones Can Do

How could cities see their charter school sectors take off in quality, matching or besting the performance of their district schools, and the state?


Expanding the Impact of Excellent Teachers

If you are a teacher who helps students learn exceptionally well, this is your moment.


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.


Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate, Digital Learning and Excellent Teachers Go Well Together

Rather than seeing a painful (and politically volatile) trade-off between technology and teachers, we propose that digital education needs excellent teachers and that a first-rate teaching profession needs digital education.


City-Based Strategies For Excellent Charter Schools

A number of forward looking cities have set aside contentious debates about charter schools, and have instead chosen to embrace high-quality charter schools in their reform strategies. This is a welcome development for students stuck in underperforming schools. But these city-based movements are not without challenges.


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.


How Digital Learning Can (and Must) Help Excellent Teachers Reach More Children

In the digital future, teacher effectiveness may matter even more than it does today.


Khan Academy: Not Overhyped, Just Missing a Key Ingredient – Excellent Live Teachers

Rick Hess was right to question the simplistic hyping of Khan Academy’s online video lectures. But we think he’s only got it half-right: it’s less a matter of OVER-hyping than MIS-hyping the true potential of what Khan is doing


Building Parent and Community Demand for Turnarounds and Charters

My colleagues recently released a report about building parent and community demand for school turnarounds. Here I share their thoughts on what they found.


School Turnarounds: Time to Try, Try Again?

With unprecedented federal investment in failing schools through the multi-billion-dollar School Improvement Grant program, it’s been a big year for school turnaround efforts.


Class Size Just One Way to Extend Reach of Best Teachers

For those of you who missed it, David Brooks’ February 28 column touted the money-saving potential of extending the best teachers’ reach, by increasing their class sizes – in exchange for more pay. We’re encouraged to see more talk about this concept. But adding more kids to a great teacher’s class, or broadcasting that teacher’s lessons over the Internet, are just the most immediately available and straightforward forms of reach extension.


Current Strategies Won’t Solve Our Teacher Quality Challenges

In our new report, Opportunity at the Top: How America’s Best Teachers Could Close the Gaps, Raise the Bar, and Keep Our Nation Great, Emily Ayscue Hassel and I asked a simple question: “Will our nation’s bold efforts to recruit more top teachers and remove the least effective teachers put a great teacher in every classroom?” We ran the numbers and discovered a disappointing answer: No. Even if these reforms were wildly successful, most classrooms still would not have great teachers.


Fixing School Funding

School finance reform continues to light up debates whenever it arises. The Holy Grail here is a system that gets incentives right, allocating funding in ways that encourage schools and districts to do what’s best for kids, AND addresses the immense equity challenge posed by the various yawning achievement gaps.


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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