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Ask & Answer | Here’s what we know about multi-classroom leaders

Readers have been asking what multi-classroom leaders will do during coronavirus, wondering if those lessons could be more quickly scaled to other schools while everyone is experimenting with e-learning.

On March 20, our colleagues at Opportunity Culture, an initiative of Public Impact, released this slide deck via email. According to Opportunity Culture, multi-classroom leaders are “teachers with a record of high-growth student learning and leadership competencies” that “both teach part of the time and lead small, collaborative teams of two to eight teachers, paraprofessionals, and teacher residents in the same grade or subject.”

How can multi-classroom leadership work when both students and teachers are at home?

According to the email, “An optimal at-home design involves:

  • Some face-to-face time for teachers and students to engage on-screen
  • Limits on total screen time
  • Ongoing use of the elements of excellent instruction:
    • Connect with students and families
    • Lead the (virtual) classroom to engage students
    • Execute rigorous, personalized lessons for mastery and growth
    • Monitor student learning data
    • Adjust instruction to meet each student’s needs
    • Share data with students and families”

Take a look at this article about how Fred Hoffmann, a science MCL at Fairview Elementary in Guilford County Schools, is preparing for strong team leadership.

More information for multi-classroom leaders during the COVID-19 crisis is available here.

Email me at if you have other stories about multi-classroom leaders or how advanced teaching roles are playing out during the time of coronavirus.

Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.