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ERIC Number: ED569981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 59
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
The Project L.I.F.T. Story: Early Lessons from a Public-Private Education Turnaround Initiative
Kim, Juli; Ellison, Shonaka
Public Impact
Leading Charlotte foundations formed a funding collaborative to support a five-year district turnaround initiative to dramatically improve educational outcomes for students in the West Charlotte High School corridor, one of the city's lowest-performing feeder zones. The "Project L.I.F.T." initiative involves four areas of education intervention: increasing teacher effectiveness; extending learning time; increasing access to and use of technology; and engaging parents and the community in schools. This report examines the genesis of the Project L.I.F.T. initiative, the partnership between the district and private and corporate philanthropists, and strategies to achieve improved graduation rates, student performance, and student growth in the Project L.I.F.T. learning community. Just past the midway point in implementation, the report also considers Project L.I.F.T.'s early successes, impact on the district, and lessons learned.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Impact; Project L.I.F.T.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina