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Child-Centered School Proposals Should Prompt Rigorous Authorizing—Not Lazy Denials

2017-07-17T18:53:46+00:00

A recent Fordham Institute study, Three Signs That a Proposed Charter School Is at Risk of Failing, compared the details of charter school applications to the performance of the resulting schools. According to authors Anna Nicotera and David Stuit, schools trying to implement “child-centered” models were more likely to struggle academically than schools pursuing other models. [...]

Child-Centered School Proposals Should Prompt Rigorous Authorizing—Not Lazy Denials 2017-07-17T18:53:46+00:00

NCSRC Publication: Students with Disabilities Resources

2017-04-12T22:03:03+00:00

As public schools, charter schools have an obligation to serve students with disabilities (SWD); 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 [...]

NCSRC Publication: Students with Disabilities Resources 2017-04-12T22:03:03+00:00

NCSRC Publication: English Learner Resources

2017-04-12T22:03:44+00:00

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 [...]

NCSRC Publication: English Learner Resources 2017-04-12T22:03:44+00:00

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

2017-07-06T19:21:53+00:00

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 of our public schools continue to isolate students from peers and adult role models of different backgrounds. One promising [...]

Opinion: Now More Than Ever, Diverse Charter Schools Are Essential 2017-07-06T19:21:53+00:00

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

2017-07-06T18:59:47+00:00

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 their children to them. Intentionally diverse educational settings can be incredibly beneficial. These schools aim to bring students, staff [...]

Here’s Why One Charter School Believes Diversity Is the Future 2017-07-06T18:59:47+00:00

High Standards for Financial Stewardship Are Essential for Charter School Success

2017-07-06T18:55:35+00:00

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 as preventing, identifying and remedying fraud. While this may not sound controversial, too often, discussions of charter school quality [...]

High Standards for Financial Stewardship Are Essential for Charter School Success 2017-07-06T18:55:35+00:00

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

2017-07-07T14:43:04+00:00

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 [...]

Case Study: Charter Schools Intentionally Designed to Serve Diverse Students and Families 2017-07-07T14:43:04+00:00

Luis Elizondo-Thomson

2017-06-22T19:15:35+00:00

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 [...]

Luis Elizondo-Thomson 2017-06-22T19:15:35+00:00

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

2017-07-06T18:52:59+00:00

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, this is an important and pragmatic document. Just as the original model law has been instrumental in the growth and success [...]

The New Model Law: A Tool for Advancing a Strong Charter School Sector 2017-07-06T18:52:59+00:00

Cynthia Brennan-Jones, Ed.D.

2017-09-11T15:49:46+00:00

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 [...]

Cynthia Brennan-Jones, Ed.D. 2017-09-11T15:49:46+00:00