Robin Lake previews this year's edition of Hopes, Fears, & Reality, which focuses on growth and innovation in the charter sector amidst the demand for better schools, Common Core State Standards, and constrained fiscal realities.
What: Charter Schools Program will award funds for existing district-charter collaborations, through continuing the collaboration, modifying the collaboration, expanding the collaboration by adding areas of collaboration or additional partners.
This training will be a great opportunity for new members of your staff to get up to speed, or for people outside your office who want to know more about the Portfolio Strategy. It’s a chance to learn the basics about the strategy and ask hard questions about whether this is the right strategy for your city.
CRPE's semi-annual Portfolio School District Network Meeting, held in Seattle July 10–12, 2012, featured topics of interest to portfolio district leaders as well as charter school leaders. We've provided a summary of the major take-aways from three charter-specific sessions.
The “Cleveland Plan” legislation, signed into law by Ohio’s governor on July 2, 2012, enhances the district’s power to take swift and stronger corrective action with a failing school, streamlines the removal of a teacher, dramatically reworks teacher assignment and tenure, and allows for performance to partly determine pay as well as which teachers are laid off during a “reduction in force.”
In January 2012, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy introduced a bold education reform campaign targeting Connecticut’s persistent achievement gap—the worst in the nation. Malloy’s campaign, entitled “2012, The Year for Education Reform,” called for increasing access to high-quality schooling models and “removing red tape and other barriers to success.”
Session: Scaling Impact Through Collaboration with the “Enemy”
Date: June 20, 2012
Presenters: Al Fan, Charter School Partners; Eric Johnson, Illinois Network of Charter Schools; Eric Mahmoud, Seed Academy, Harvest Preparatory School, Best Academy and Sister Academy; Sara Paul, Minneapolis Public Schools; Oliver Sicat, Chicago Public Schools; Kate Ford, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Date and Location: Denver, Colorado, November 5, 2012
Sponsors: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Colorado League of Public Charter Schools, and Knowledgeworks Foundation
An Opportunity to Showcase Compact Work: The conference has released a national “Call for Practices” to compile the best examples of charter and traditional schools working together.
This webinar highlighted efforts by a district and a charter leader to rethink talent development, Paige MacLean of Achievement First (AF) CMO in Connecticut and Sarah Paul from Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) each describe how their leaders-in-training programs provide teachers with an opportunity to shadow successful educators in their city’s highest-performing schools, district or charter.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has funded a multi-year initiative to support the design and implementation of district-charter collaboration compacts. In February 2012, 15 compact cities submitted district-charter collaboration concept papers to the Gates Foundation and 8 cities were invited to submit full proposals. Below we summarize common approaches and bold ideas proposed in three areas: 1) increasing supports for special education students and English Language Learners, 2) building a strong pipeline of leaders, and 3) sharing instructional practices.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has funded a multi-year initiative to support the design and implementation of district-charter collaboration compacts. Figuring out how to create effective cross-sector governance structures has been challenging in some cities.
In case you missed CRPE’s May 4th webinar, “How District and Charter Schools Coordinate Supports For English Language Learners (ELLs): Lessons From Boston,” click here to watch the webinar or view the presentations.
Dr. Eileen de los Reyes, Assistant Superintendent of English Language Learners at Boston Public Schools, and Diana Lam, Executive Director of the Conservatory Lab School and Steering Committee Member of Boston's Compact, shared a respective lesson learned they hope other compact cities are aware of when implementing professional development to better support English Language Learners:
Getting the right conditions and partnerships ready to build unified enrollment system that reaches across district and charter schools is crucial to its success. Neil Dorosin, founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Innovation in Public School Choice and consultant to both Denver and New Orleans lays out several key concerns all districts hoping to build a unified enrollment system should attend.