Every new charter school will need a Board of Trustees. Pre-Authorization planning teams will also need to demonstrate a strong plan for governance and organizational design before they are awared a charter from the authorizing agencies. This document helps those teams in assembling the Board.
This white paper from Brian Carpenter of the National Charter Schools Institute examines some of the reasons why school boards can be dysfunctional.
This assessment matrix aids in the assessment of a Charter School Board's effectiveness. Leadership Roles, Board Composition, Meetings and Committees are graded in three levels: Strong, Satisfactory and Weak.
A “Friends of XYZ Charter School” organization is a separate, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that is created to raise funds, awareness and otherwise support a charter school or the charter school movement. This white paper from the Lawyers Alliance for New York is a guide for any charter school who is thinking of establishing one.
What is your school's mission? If you have to search through your handbook or you can't recall the entire lengthy statement, you probably aren't making the most of your school's mantra! This primer about Mission Statements is useful for new charter schools who are beginning the application process.
Typically evaluative by nature, teacher observation is usually linked to classroom performance. More and more schools, however, are using observation -- teachers observing teachers -- as a form of professional development that improves teaching practices and student performance. In this article, Education World's Michele Israel talks with experts about the benefits of this emerging professional development strategy.
Examining student data through the lens of pressing questions can mobilize staff, promote data literacy, and help raise student achievement. This abstract from Education Leadership is a useful report for school leaders who need to make the best use of their data for assessment purposes.
Educators have made great strides in using data. But danger lies ahead for those who misunderstand what data can and can't do. This abstract from Education Leadership is a useful report for school leaders who need to learn the do's and don'ts of using data effectively.
Businesses have long used SMART goals—goals that are Strategic and Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-based, and Timebound as a way to cut through the morass of conﬂicting priorities and focus their energies on goals that would make a difference to their work. Although SMART goals did not seep into the education lexicon until the 1990s, the power that they bring to school improvement work is the same. SMART goals can focus a school’s or district’s work and determine whether the work is making a difference. This report suggests ways to make SMART goals work for educators.
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.