February 6, 2013, CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—Founding Members Commit to Creating an Opportunity Culture and Extending the Reach of Excellent Teachers to More Students. Public Impact today announced its selection of four founding members of a national network of charter school organizations that will create an Opportunity Culture for teachers and extend the reach of excellent teachers to more students. Read full press release…
October 26, 2012 – In this abridged version of the Commentary that appeared in Education Week, Celine Coggins of Teach Plus joins Public Impact’s Bryan Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel to discuss why schools and policymakers must expand the impact of excellent teachers, now. With new information demonstrating the great variation in teacher effectiveness and the availability of better teacher-evaluation systems, schools have increasingly accurate data to identify which teachers are exceptional. Plus, recent reports have shown that early-career teachers want more opportunities for leadership and professional growth in the classroom. School reform efforts that do not acknowledge these two crucial trends are bound to fall short. Read the full Education Next blog post to learn how schools can create an Opportunity Culture that embraces excellence and opportunity for students and teachers alike.
October 25, 2012 – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools recently announced that Tonya Kales of Ashley Park Pre-K-8 School was named the CMS 2012-2013 Principal of the Year. Earlier this month, she was also named the Project L.I.F.T. Principal of the Year. Project L.I.F.T. is a nonprofit organization working to eliminate educational disparities within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district. In May, a set of schools working with Project L.I.F.T was selected as the first implementation site for Public Impact’s Opportunity Culture Initiative. Schools in this innovative zone, including Ashley Park, are receiving intensive design assistance from Public Impact and its partners to begin extending the reach of excellent teachers to more students.
October 24, 2012 – Huffington Post featured Public Impact’s “Extending the Reach” videos on its Education page. Despite the fact that both presidential candidates have spoken a lot about the importance of excellent teachers, the article says, teachers in the U.S. earn less than 60 percent of the average pay for full-time college-educated workers. Huff Post Education noted that Public Impact’s financial analysis offers suggestions for how to pay teachers up to 130 percent more — without increasing school budgets.
October 17, 2012 – In his Ed Week blog post, Tom Vander Ark presents 10 strategies “that offer state, district, network, and philanthropic leaders leverage in their efforts to encourage more deeper learning, ” including the Opportunity Culture initiative’s effort to extend the reach of great teachers to more students. See the complete list in the blog post.