Resources

Building a Charter School Founding Board

The skills and dedication of the personnel who make up the founding charter school Board are essential for a new school's success. These resources will help schools recruit the right board members and get their new boards up and running.

Critical board building challenge: How does a charter school board clearly define its roles, responsibilities and philosophy of governance? Building an Effective Charter School Board is an extensive guidebook that covers every topic imaginable for new charter schools  assembling a Board of Trustees for the first time.

Board Positions

Understanding the roles and responsibilities of board members is an important step in effective governance. These resources will help clarify what the board chair and other board members' roles are, and the characteristics to look for in candidates for particular positions.

Charter Management Organization Guide

Of all the decisions made by new Charter Schools, few are more important than
deciding whether to contract for school management services. Choosing well requires
balancing multiple considerations of finance, accountability, personnel, and public relations.  This guidebook from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools provides evenhanded, user-friendly advice for those considering contracting for charter school management.

Creating Data-Driven Schools

Many school districts underutilize one of the most powerful and common symbol systems available to them—numbers—to monitor, evaluate, and revise programs and policies.  In this abstract from Education Leadership, a trio of authors examine new ways for school leaders and teachers to make the most of the data available to them.

SMART Goals, Smart Schools

Setting goals that connect to the classroom and focus on student learning helps educators see, learn from, and communicate their results.  In this abstract from Education Leadership, author Jan O'Neill discusses SMART Goals; setting specific goals that are strategic, measurable, attainable, results-oriented, and timebound.

SMART Goals Connect a School

School staff are periodically reminded to revisit their SMART goals—goals that are Strategic and Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-based, and Timebound, in order to better assess the student population across learning disciplines.  This article by Jan O'Neill offers useful advice for doing so.

Developing an Inquiry Minded-District

Analyzing data not only helps inform decisions and challenge assumptions, but also helps teachers view their instructional and collaborative practices with a new perspective.  In this abstract from Education Leadership, three schools show how the data-based inquiry and decision-making process can improve decisions about curriculum, instruction, and policy.