Innovative program promotes new technology in the classroom

Innovative program promotes new technology in the classroom

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by ANN SHERIDAN / NBC Charlotte Staff

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Posted on February 27, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 9:01 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C --  Druid Hills Elementary School  second grader Anyiah Millner  has done reports on a computer in class, but didn't have a computer to work on at home, until now.

“It’s going to be a lot different.  I bet my mom and dad will ask if they can see it and look at something,” she said.

Millner and her classmates all got laptops to take home courtesy of Project LIFT, a public-private partnership that aims to boost achievement at traditionally low achieving schools. 

The students will get to keep the XO computers and they’ll be encouraged to share with their siblings and parents.

But the kids aren’t the only ones benefiting from Project LIFT.   Teachers at nine area westside schools will be eligible for bonuses in the fall. 

The bonuses range from $2,500 to as much as $23,000 for lead teachers who will oversee as many as 400 students.

Second grade teacher Lindsey Jackson is new to Druid Hills.  She recently received a gift card from Project LIFT for perfect attendance. She had no idea she had done anything special. 

“I was just doing what I’m supposed to do,” she said.

But Jackson says the rewards and incentives being offered by Project LIFT are getting attention.

“A  lot of people are now interested in coming to this zone,”  she said. 

Jackson’s students are ahead of grade level.  If  she sticks with it, the Druid Hills teacher  could be eligible for a  $2,500 bonus next year.

“I think it's done a lot for Project LIFT and it's put teachers in competition with each other.  Who can do the best?  Who can have the most growth because we’re fighting for rewards too.”

She calls it a healthy competition.

“It’s good for the kids.  It’s good for us,” she said.

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