Project L.I.F.T. Videos Tell Their Opportunity Culture® Story

by | May 1, 2014

Do you know teachers eager for a job full of opportunities to reach more students on empowered, teacher-led teams, and to earn more–potentially a lot more? Watch short videos about Project L.I.F.T.’s implementation of Opportunity Culture® school models here and here. Project L.I.F.T. is hiring now for the 2014-15 school year.

Charlotte’s Project L.I.F.T. zone of high-need schools was the nation’s first pilot of Opportunity Culture® school models that extend the reach of excellent teachers and their teams to more students, for more pay, within budget.

Teachers get on-the-job development led by outstanding peers who are responsible for their teams’ improvement and student outcomes. L.I.F.T is also reaching out to Teach for America alumni who want to stay in the classroom and advance their careers while continuing to teach. TFA has been a critical source of teaching staff in these traditionally hard-to-staff schools.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is scaling up its Opportunity Culture® schools as part of its Student Success by Design initiative. Nearly half of the district’s schools are expected to adopt these models by 2017–18. Each school has its own design team of teachers and administrators who work within the five Opportunity Culture® Principles to select and combine models and determine implementation details that reflect the goals, values, and needs of each school. The overarching goals: 1) reach far more students with excellent teaching, every year, and 2) provide their teachers with outstanding, sustainably funded career advancement and development opportunities.

The district’s schools outside the L.I.F.T. zone will soon be recruiting for similar positions.

How can your district or organization help schools build an Opportunity Culture®? Look throughout for information and free tools.

Don’t forget to check out L.I.F.T.’s videos to see how teachers, administrators, and kids feel about it.

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