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.
This presentation from the New York City Charter School Center explains the proper way to prepare a budget for a new charter school. All revenue streams and cost centers are covered in detail. Learn how to be conservative when projecting both revenues and expenses. A sample budget is included.
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.
All teachers will need to be able to effectively teach the core curriculum concepts that will appear on standardized tests. This quick guide helps explain how to best do that.
A Grade-Level Team Meeting is a procedure for principals to use as they lead grade-level teachers in analyzing and acting upon student data. This meeting should take place once a month with the principal acting as the facilitator and the school reading coach acting as the notetaker. This form faciliates that meeting.
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.
This white paper from Brian Carpenter of the National Charter Schools Institute examines some of the reasons why school boards can be dysfunctional.