Paul Hill discusses the challenge facing governance reformers to invent a form of elected governance that is insulated from domination by employees, privileged parents, contractors, or any other group.
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.