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NCSRC Publication: English Learner Resources

By | 2017-04-12T22:03:44+00:00 April 7th, 2017|

As public schools, charter schools have an obligation to serve English Leaners (EL); as self-governing, mission-oriented, and nimble schools, charter schools have a corresponding opportunity to provide innovative, student-centered opportunities to meet those obligations. This compilation from the National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC) is designed to provide the charter school community with access [...]

Opinion: Now More Than Ever, Diverse Charter Schools Are Essential

By | 2017-11-30T05:16:51+00:00 February 13th, 2017|

Opinion: Now More Than Ever, Diverse Charter Schools Are Essential Monday, February 13, 2017 | Safal Partners America grows more diverse every day. In the future, today’s young people will need to be able to thrive amid a multiplicity of nationalities, perspectives and practices; our society and economy count on it. But too many [...]

Here’s Why One Charter School Believes Diversity Is the Future

By | 2017-11-30T05:14:49+00:00 January 31st, 2017|

Here’s Why One Charter School Believes Diversity Is the Future Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | Safal Partners There is a small but growing number of leaders engaging in intentionally diverse charter schools. To understand these schools and everything they are trying to achieve, it helps to listen to people creating, working in and sending [...]

High Standards for Financial Stewardship Are Essential for Charter School Success

By | 2017-11-30T05:13:42+00:00 December 21st, 2016|

High Standards for Financial Stewardship Are Essential for Charter School Success Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | Safal Partners Simply put, charter school governing boards and authorizers need to take responsibility for strong oversight of financial matters. This means appropriately overseeing a school’s financial operations, including responsible budgeting, financial controls, and procedures, as well [...]

Case Study: Charter Schools Intentionally Designed to Serve Diverse Students and Families

By | 2017-07-07T14:43:04+00:00 December 15th, 2016|

This case study features Valor Collegiate Academies, an intentionally diverse charter management organization (CMO) that operates two high-performing charter schools in Nashville, Tennessee. Valor opened its first school in 2014-15 with a mission to serve a diverse student body and has made many decisions through its founding and operation to achieve that mission. Valor [...]

Luis Elizondo-Thomson

By | 2017-06-22T19:15:35+00:00 November 19th, 2016|

Luis serves as Senior Director at Safal Partners. Previously, Luis served Teach for America (TFA) from 2013 through 2016 as the Houston Executive Director, leading one of the largest and most tenured regions in the country.  His previous experience includes 5 years as an investment banker specializing in infrastructure finance and several years [...]

The New Model Law: A Tool for Advancing a Strong Charter School Sector

By | 2017-11-30T05:12:05+00:00 October 12th, 2016|

The New Model Law: A Tool for Advancing a Strong Charter School Sector Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | Safal Partners The charter school movement includes a lot of very reasonable people. Case in point, last week the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released the latest version of the model charter school law. Like its predecessor, [...]

Cynthia Brennan-Jones, Ed.D.

By | 2017-09-11T15:49:46+00:00 September 11th, 2016|

Dr. Brennan-Jones is an accomplished and committed educator with a proven track record in curriculum development and instructional design. As a curriculum developer and as a classroom instructor, she has successfully integrated effective e-learning technologies, best practices, CTE, Career Pathways, and learning styles into face-to-face, blended, and online curriculum and instruction. Her interest and expertise [...]

How Charter School Leaders Improved Their Approaches to Discipline

By | 2017-11-30T05:09:32+00:00 August 29th, 2016|

How Charter School Leaders Improved Their Approaches to Discipline Monday, August 29, 2016 | Safal Partners In the debate about charter school discipline, the voices of people who work in charter schools deserve more attention. Many charter school leaders have improved their approach to discipline to help more kids learn while reducing exclusionary [...]

Considering Discipline as a Student Outcome Could Change the Debate

By | 2017-07-06T19:01:55+00:00 August 24th, 2016|

Much of the conflict over school discipline stems from whether you treat student discipline as a school practice or a student outcome. Discipline has parts of both. We should treat the parts differently. The charter concept has two related assumptions: autonomy and accountability. Like most aspects of schooling, charter schools should have autonomy to control their disciplinary practices while authorizers [...]