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Facilitating Florida’s work on a Model Charter School Performance Framework and an Authorizer Report Card

2017-08-14T18:11:55+00:00

Facilitating Florida’s work on a Model Charter School Performance Framework and an Authorizer Report Card Project Lead: Alex Medler, Phd. Safal Partners work with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) was expanded recently.  Safal Partners is facilitating study group for the FDOE that is developing a state-wide, model charter school performance framework. The [...]

Facilitating Florida’s work on a Model Charter School Performance Framework and an Authorizer Report Card 2017-08-14T18:11:55+00:00

Supporting the Colorado Charter School Institute’s and the Colorado Association of Charter School Authorizers

2017-08-14T18:07:42+00:00

Supporting the Colorado Charter School Institute’s and the Colorado Association of Charter School Authorizers Project Lead: Alex Medler, Phd. Safal Partners recently won a contract with the Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI), Colorado’s state-wide charter authorizing entity.  In this project, which continues previous contracts with CSI, Safal is supporting CSI’s effort to develop [...]

Supporting the Colorado Charter School Institute’s and the Colorado Association of Charter School Authorizers 2017-08-14T18:07:42+00:00

Texas Education Agency (TEA) Review of School Reform Grants Competition

2017-08-14T18:02:24+00:00

Texas Education Agency (TEA) Review of School Reform Grants Competition Project Lead: Jesus Davila Safal Partners recently organized and facilitated the expert review of School Reform Grants for the Texas Education Agency (TEA). This project typifies Safal’s ability to provide timely support that expands the capacity of our partners. The TEA needed a [...]

Texas Education Agency (TEA) Review of School Reform Grants Competition 2017-08-14T18:02:24+00:00

Ideas in Action: Five Keys

2017-09-27T15:33:11+00:00

Key Takeaway: Make classes accessible for the hardest to reach students. More than 10 percent of adults over age 25 in San Francisco do not have high school diplomas. For one California charter school network, improving this statistic means changing the way it runs schools. Some Five Keys students, most of whom dropped out [...]

Ideas in Action: Five Keys 2017-09-27T15:33:11+00:00

Ideas in Action: Helping Students Find Their “True North” Through Social-Emotional Learning

2017-09-13T18:06:08+00:00

Key Practice: Teaching students social-emotional skills that enable them to understand the perspectives of people from other backgrounds prepares them for college and the global workplace. Sharp minds. Big hearts. Noble purpose. Aligned Actions. With purpose like that, it’s no wonder Valor Collegiate Academies, located in Nashville, is positively soaring in developing students who [...]

Ideas in Action: Helping Students Find Their “True North” Through Social-Emotional Learning 2017-09-13T18:06:08+00:00

Ideas in Action: Personalized Learning Outcomes at Cornville Regional Academy

2017-09-27T16:41:46+00:00

Ideas In Action: Personalized Learning Outcomes at Cornville Regional Academy Location: Cornville, ME Year opened: 2012 Grades served: K-8 Student enrollment: 144 Student demographics: 63% Eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, 25% Students with disabilities Nora Kern, Safal Partners Senior Associate July 25, [...]

Ideas in Action: Personalized Learning Outcomes at Cornville Regional Academy 2017-09-27T16:41:46+00:00

Ideas in Action: Washington Leadership Academy Cultivates Student Power and Agency Through Technology

2017-09-13T18:06:19+00:00

More than 500,000 computer science jobs are currently available in every industry and every state, according to Code.org. Given this reality, WLA empowers students to lead the way in computer science to prepare them for college and careers after graduation. Two hundred dollars. That’s about how much Washington Leadership Academy (WLA) in [...]

Ideas in Action: Washington Leadership Academy Cultivates Student Power and Agency Through Technology 2017-09-13T18:06:19+00:00

Top Five Sessions from National Charter School Conference

2017-07-17T18:47:54+00:00

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ team sat in on many dynamic conversations last week at the annual National Charter Schools Conference in Washington D.C. With input from audience members, speakers, and National Alliance staff, they’re sharing some audience favorites. The NCSRC session was referenced as one of the top 5 sessions at [...]

Top Five Sessions from National Charter School Conference 2017-07-17T18:47:54+00:00

Educators at This School Give Students a Choice and Voice in How They Want to Learn

2017-07-11T14:02:57+00:00

Schools providing personalized learning integrate student interests and self-pacing into their curriculum by combining student-centered practices with technology. There are many approaches to personalized learning, and schools may incorporate various degrees of personalized learning methods. When implemented in a rural setting, personalized learning can provide a unique educational option for families who otherwise [...]

Educators at This School Give Students a Choice and Voice in How They Want to Learn 2017-07-11T14:02:57+00:00

Case Study: Personalized Learning in Cornville Regional Charter School

2017-07-17T18:53:54+00:00

This case study features Cornville Regional Charter School (CRCS) and its learner-centric personalized learning methodology. Founded in 2012, CRCS is a charter program located in rural Maine, and the school serves 144 students in grades K-8. CRCS has fully integrated proficiency-based personalized learning into their curriculum. Personalized learning is a philosophy that uses student-centered [...]

Case Study: Personalized Learning in Cornville Regional Charter School 2017-07-17T18:53:54+00:00