Public Impact is a national education policy and management-consulting firmÂ based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They have been working with Project L.I.F.T. inÂ Charlotte, North Carolina where OLPC will be providing connected XO laptops andÂ ongoing training and support to 2,500 teachers and students.
The efforts of Public Impact are aimed at extending the reach of excellent teachersÂ using job redesign and technology. Public Impact believes schools can put in placeÂ models to ensure that all students have access to an excellent education. One ofÂ these models emphasizes the use of online digital instruction. In Project L.I.F.T. forÂ example, school leadership teams are looking at spaces throughout the academicÂ day where technology can be swapped for a period of teaching time. This will ofÂ course free up the classroom teacherâ€™s time, allowing the educator to reach an evenÂ larger number of students on a daily basis.
XO laptops will be used throughout The Project L.I.F.T. Zone to support much of thisÂ work. Quality online digital instruction and the already available Sugar LearningÂ Platform will serve as tools to ensure that every student receives the support he orÂ she needs to be successful both in and out of the classroom. Both Sugarâ€™s Journal andÂ online program functions will store student work and data, allowing for continuousÂ reflection, review and remediation.
For more information about the transformational work Public Impact is doing in ourÂ schools, visit opportunityculture.org.