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Creating an Entrepreneurship-focused Micro Charter in Detroit

2017-10-18T13:16:28+00:00

Creating an Entrepreneurship-focused Micro Charter in Detroit Key Takeaway: "Small by design" – a micro school’s small size allows school staff to deliver student-centered, customized learning. “It goes back to when I was 8 or 10 years old. I’ve always had a passion for the environments that people learn in. So instead of [...]

Creating an Entrepreneurship-focused Micro Charter in Detroit 2017-10-18T13:16:28+00:00

2 Schools Reopen Their Doors In Puerto Rico

2017-10-12T13:41:20+00:00

2 Schools Reopen Their Doors In Puerto Rico Two schools, St. John's School and Escuela Gaspar Vila Mayans, opened up their doors as the two of the first schools to officially open since hurricane Maria. Students who arrived in the first week of opening were set to solve real life math problems - [...]

2 Schools Reopen Their Doors In Puerto Rico 2017-10-12T13:41:20+00:00

University Prep Achieves Highest Growth in Test Scores in Colorado

2017-10-09T13:37:42+00:00

University Prep Achieves Highest Growth in Test Scores in Colorado “I got really frustrated telling kids who were 14, 15, 16 years old they could be anything they wanted to be, but we had missed the opportunity to provide them with a crucial foundation,” said Denver Superintendent Tom Boasberg. Something drastic had to [...]

University Prep Achieves Highest Growth in Test Scores in Colorado 2017-10-09T13:37:42+00:00

YES Prep and Aldine Independent School District Collaborate to Help Students Realize College Aspirations

2017-10-03T20:06:10+00:00

YES Prep and Aldine Independent School District Collaborate to Help Students Realize College Aspirations Key Takeaway: District-charter collaboration bolsters college preparatory work for economically disadvantaged students. "Helping us recognize what we need to do to make the path to college easier." That's what a partnership between Aldine Independent School District and YES Prep [...]

YES Prep and Aldine Independent School District Collaborate to Help Students Realize College Aspirations 2017-10-03T20:06:10+00:00

Community Engagement Fosters Academic Results

2017-09-26T16:23:36+00:00

Community Engagement Fosters Academic Results The idea behind the work is simple, explains Kristen Denison, the Chief Advancement & External Affairs Officer for LEARN Charter School Network – “Do the ordinary extraordinarily well.” This approach has served all 10 LEARN Network schools throughout the Chicago area well, benefiting their communities and earning accolades [...]

Community Engagement Fosters Academic Results 2017-09-26T16:23:36+00:00

Language Confidence Through Dual Immersion

2017-09-19T17:33:54+00:00

Language Confidence Through Dual Immersion “It was hard for me – I didn’t like going to school because it intimidated me. But getting adjusted to Spanish first, and then transitioning to English, developing that passion for learning that I got here at El Sol definitely aided me.” Those words are a thoughtful reflection [...]

Language Confidence Through Dual Immersion 2017-09-19T17:33:54+00:00

After Decades of Pushing Bachelor’s Degrees, U.S. Needs More Tradespeople

2017-09-14T14:45:25+00:00

After Decades of Pushing Bachelor’s Degrees, U.S. Needs More Tradespeople The United States has 30 million jobs that pay an average of $55,000 per year and don’t require a bachelor’s degree, according to the Georgetown center. People with career and technical educations are actually slightly more likely to be employed than their counterparts with [...]

After Decades of Pushing Bachelor’s Degrees, U.S. Needs More Tradespeople 2017-09-14T14:45:25+00:00

Winning of the CSP Grant Evaluation Project

2017-09-13T21:36:30+00:00

Completion of the CSP Grant Evaluation Project Lead of Project: Jesus Davila  In 2016 Texas won a new three-year, $50.5 million Charter School Program (CSP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). This award was larger than all but four states with current CSP grants (FL, NY, OH, and CA). The Texas [...]

Winning of the CSP Grant Evaluation Project 2017-09-13T21:36:30+00:00

Going Global

2017-09-11T16:07:08+00:00

Going Global Key Takeaway: Building global perspective among low-income students by studying abroad. “Perhaps my Black womanhood didn’t fit the traditional administrator mold,” said India Hui, who worked in predominately white school districts for six years. Hui created and serves as the founding leader of Thrival World Academies: Indy, a charter school that [...]

Going Global 2017-09-11T16:07:08+00:00

Ideas In Action: The Environment as the Classroom at Prairie Crossing

2017-09-13T20:09:31+00:00

The Environment as the Classroom Key Practice: Using the environment and community as an educational tool to foster academic achievement and natural leaders. Sunshine, rain, or snow, you’ll find students at Prairie Crossing Charter School outdoors. At this environmentally-focused charter school outside of Chicago, the acres of prairie, wetlands, and woodlands that comprise [...]

Ideas In Action: The Environment as the Classroom at Prairie Crossing 2017-09-13T20:09:31+00:00