Friday, December 7, 2012

Compact Newsletter, November 2012

This monthly newsletter provides timely updates from compact sites and easy access to relevant resources.

Register Now: Portfolio School District Network and District-Charter Compact Cities Meetings, Nashville, TN

Please join us for both the Gates Foundation’s District-Charter Compact Cities Meeting, which will start early on Tuesday, January 29, and the next Portfolio School District Network Meeting, which will be held from January 29-31, 2013. CRPE and the Gates Foundation have aligned these meetings to reduce the travel burden on people in compact cities who will be attending both gatherings. Please use the links below to register.

January 29 – Gates District-Charter Compact Meeting January 29-31 – CRPE Portfolio School District Network Meeting
Invitees 16 compact cities All portfolio cities
Meeting Focus Updates from RFP-awarded cities and compact collaborations around school performance frameworks and special education. Human capital at the school, district, and charter level. Learn more.
Registration Invitations have been sent directly – No fee Register here. Fee required
Travel and Lodging

The Gates Foundation will cover travel costs for up to four representatives in the 16 compact cities to attend both meetings. If this applies to you, you should have received details from Adam Porsch on December 6th about how to book through the Gates Foundation travel office.


Reserve your room at the Union Station Hotel with CRPE’s group rate (when you register you will be prompted to book your lodging through a unique discount link)

Contact for Questions Pamela Oakes at Libuse Binder at

We look forward to seeing you in the “Music City” in January.

External Resources: Coordinating Student Enrollment and Sharing Principal and Teacher Training Tools

Compact leaders are increasingly realizing that equitable, family-friendly enrollment systems mean coordinating enrollment across the entire portfolio of charter and district schools. CRPE’s website features resources from cities that are leading the effort to simplify school choice processes, including application packets and enrollment policies and guides from New Orleans’s Recovery School District and Denver Public Schools. To learn more about the technical and political barriers that must be overcome to make common enrollment effective, watch CRPE’s webinar, “How District and Charter Schools Coordinate Enrollment: Practical Experiences from New Orleans and Denver.”

See also the joint principal and teacher training tools from Achievement First CMO in Connecticut and KIPP Houston, highlighted in the October Compact newsletter. District and charter partners in Philadelphia and Denver are developing programs based on the Hartford model to spread principal training practices used by high-performing charters to the district.

Webinar Resource: Does It Cost More? What Districts Spend on Student-Centered Learning

In an effort to raise student performance, a growing number of schools are embracing the principles of student-centered learning (SCL)—an approach that espouses personalized, authentic instruction and takes learning beyond the typical school schedule and calendar. CRPE and Rutgers University-Newark’s comparative case studies of seven public high schools in six states finds that SCL can be delivered for the same price as traditional schools, provided that districts offer (and schools take advantage of) resource flexibility. Click here to watch the November 15 webinar or view the presentation slides. The full report and executive summary, "Getting Down to Dollars and Cents: What Do School Districts Spend to Deliver Student-Centered Learning?" is available.

Updates from the Compact Discussion at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers 2012 Leadership Conference, Memphis, TN

On October 23, Robin Lake participated in a session on improving charter access for students with disabilities. Panelists discussed data, regulatory guidance, and legislative measures from New York and Massachusetts. The panelists all argued against using numerical quotas or targets for addressing lower rates of enrollment in charter schools and discussed more effective approaches authorizers can take to monitor the quality and efficacy of special education services in charter schools. For example, authorizers were encouraged to identify where under-enrollment of students with disabilities exists in charter schools and what might explain it, and work with the charter school community to develop innovative strategies that address specific problems. Read CRPE’s New York State Special Education Enrollment Analysis.

Updates from the Conference on National Best Cooperative Practices between Charter and Traditional Public Schools

The Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools and partners hosted over 100 district and charter leaders in Denver, CO, on November 5, 2012, to present some of the most promising examples of charters and traditional schools working together. Review the directory of best practices presented at the 2010 and 2012 conferences.

Latest District-Charter Collaboration Updates

Grants Back Public-Charter Cooperation, Motoko Rich, The New York Times, December 5, 2012

Gates Foundation Invests Nearly $25 Million in Seven Cities Dedicated to Bold Collaboration Between Public Charter and Traditional Schools, Press Release, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, December 5, 2012

Chicago misses out on Gates money for charter compact, Rebecca Harris, December 5, 2012, Catalyst Chicago

District and charter schools have lessons to offer, Candice McQueen, The Tennessean, November 30, 2012

Charter school proponents today: Do a better job shutting down bad charter schools and opening good ones, Maureen Downey, Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog), November 28, 2012

Unique collaboration promotes critical skill: reading by end of third grade, Joe Nathan, MinnPost Community Voices, November 20, 2012

New Orleans school officials edge city closer to a single enrollment system, Andrew Vanacore, The Times-Picayune, November 15, 2012

Compare all Metro schools online, Lisa Fingeroot, The Tennessean, November 10, 2012

Cleveland school levy sails to apparent victory, Patrick O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer, November 07, 2012