December 14, 2011, CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— Public Impact, a national education policy and management consulting organization, announces the launch of the implementation phase of its work to bring an excellent teacher to every child. In this next phase of work, the organization will identify five major sites to expand the impact of excellent teachers by “extending their reach.”
This work is made possible by $1 million in funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and builds on a two-year initiative funded primarily by The Joyce Foundation.
“American children need excellent teachers—those in the top 20 to 25 percent—not just once every few years, but consistently,” Bryan C. Hassel, co-director of Public Impact, said. “Even if we succeed with today’s boldest educational reforms, we will remain an achievement gap nation. To close our gaps, and help students leap ahead, we need to reach every child every year with teachers who produce well over a year of growth and higher-order learning.”
Extending the reach of excellent teachers, the key to what Public Impact calls an “Opportunity Culture,” involves redesigning teachers’ roles and using technology to help those top teachers reach more students, for more pay, but within existing budgets. [Read more…]