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Parent Advocacy and Engagement

Parents are important advocates for their schools.  This presentation, intended for pre-authorization planning teams, focuses on effective practices for parent engagement and advocacy strategies.  In addition to offering numerous tips and advice, this presentation specifically covers steps needed to include a parent engagement plan on the charter application.

Education Plan: Selecting Essential Standards

This presentation is part of the Appication Development Program commissioned by the New York City Charter School Center.  Created by charter school expert Cynthia Millinger, Education Plan: Selecting Essential Standards assists planning teams in developing an academic blueprint in conjunction with the New York State Testing Standards.  Building a program that will pass the selective criteria of the authorizing agencies is a main theme of this presentaion.

The School Climate Challenge

Over the last two decades, there has been a growing appreciation that school climate, the quality and character of school life, fosters — or undermines — children’s development, learning and achievement. Research confirms what teachers and parents have claimed for decades: a safe and supportive school environment, in which students have positive social relationships and are respected, engaged in their work and feel competent, matters.  This white paper from the National School Climate Center studies which methods work and which do not.

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