Public Impact’s second Opportunity Culture case study explains the “truly different” things that Project L.I.F.T. did to redesign four schools using Opportunity Culture models and principles. The study details the steps these schools took and the challenges they faced as they prepared to kick off their Opportunity Culture models at the beginning of the 2013–14 school year. The accompanying study, Charlotte N.C.’s Project L.I.F.T.: One Teacher’s View of Becoming a Paid Teacher-Leader, offers a Q&A with an excellent teacher on one design team, now set to take on one of the redesigned jobs as a multi-classroom leader.
This is the first in a series of case studies offering in-depth looks at how districts, charter schools, and other programs have begun using Opportunity Culture models or experimented with similar means of expanding teachers’ impact on students and peer teachers. This study profiles Anna Lavely of Kansas, who participates in Leading Educators’ two-year fellowship aimed at developing the leadership of already-excellent teachers.
“Technology alone isn’t going to improve student achievement. The best combination is great teachers working with technology to engage students in the pursuit of the learning they need.”
— U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Blended learning that combines digital instruction with live, accountable teachers holds unique promise to improve student outcomes dramatically. This brief explains how schools can use blended learning to encourage improvements in digital instruction, transform teaching into a highly paid, opportunity-rich career that extends the reach of excellent teachers to all students and teaching peers, and improve student learning at large scale. We call this a “better blend”: combining high-quality digital learning and excellent teaching.
March 8, 2013 – Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) recently published a list of resources that will be helpful to those developing new school designs for improving student outcomes using blended learning models. The list includes links to Public Impact’s Opportunity Culture financial planning resources, which describe how schools can reach all students with excellent teachers and create new, paid career advancement opportunities for teachers, within budget. The list of resources was created to aid prospective applicants for NGLC’s new wave of funding for the development of new “breakthrough” secondary school models.
March 7, 2013, CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—Public Impact, a national education organization, announces the latest implementation site in its initiative to extend the reach of excellent teachers and build an Opportunity Culture for teachers and students: Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Innovation Zone. Read full press release…