January 27, 2012 – In this Getting Smart blog post, Tom Vander Ark cites Public Impact’s Opportunity at the Top, highlighting that even though we can’t put a great teacher in every classroom in school systems as they exist now, we can leverage technology and talent in redesigned systems to extend the reach of our best teachers.
January 18, 2012 – Public Impact has been named a 100Kin10 partner, agreeing to help extend the reach of excellent STEM educators. The national 100Kin10 movement aims to recruit, prepare, and retain 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers in 10 years. Public Impact will use its reach extension models to assist the 100Kin10 partners in maximizing the impact of the excellent teachers recruited through this initiative.
Carnegie Corporation of New York and Opportunity Equation convened 100Kin10, a broad initiative of more than 115 educational and corporate partners, to provide all students with the STEM literacy necessary to fully participate in the nation’s economy and democracy. The initiative aims not just to provide schools with an infusion of excellent STEM teachers, but also to support them once they’re in the classroom. Public Impact’s role will be to help the partners ensure that as many students as possible benefit from this infusion of talent. The more students these teachers can reach, the higher the payoff of bringing them into public education. And if they reach more students, excellent STEM teachers will be able to earn more, within current budgets. Higher pay and career opportunities, in turn, may attract yet more excellent STEM teachers, and help retain the 100K—creating a virtuous cycle of excellence.
December 28, 2011 – As Tom Vander Ark suggests in this Huffington Post article, the top benefit of digital learning for low-income students will be to give every student access to great teachers in every subject. He cites Public Impact’s initiative and strategies for extending the reach of great teachers.
December 14, 2011 – This post at Education Next announces Public Impact’s release of school models for extending the reach of excellent teacher to more students, for more pay, within budget, and the search for five major sites to tailor and implement these and similar school models that put excellent teachers in charge of more children’s learning.
November 21, 2011 – Public Impact’s co-director Emily Ayscue Hassel is named one of 21 teacher leaders in the inaugural class of the Aspen Teacher Leader Fellows program. This fellowship “is designed to cultivate and support a cohort of teacher leaders – including classroom teachers as well as union leaders and other advocates – who are working to strengthen and improve the profession of teaching and the educational outcomes of America’s K-12 students”. Read the announcement here.