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 practices like suspension and expulsion. You can hear from some of them through a set of video case [...]
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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 [...]
If you need a pick-me-up inspiration after a long hard year of working on education, nothing lifts your spirits like the images of proud young men and women from urban high schools who are headed to college. You can feel the exuberance of the families at places like Urban Prep, and plenty of other schools with similar results. [...]
I nominate one of the smallest pieces of the ESSA as a potential high-leverage point for choice. Hidden in the Charter School Program (CSP) amid language shaping the grants administered by State Education Agencies (SEAs) is a little provision that could eventually lead to big changes regarding school choice. States can now spend 7 [...]
Mahua has diverse professional experience ranging from project management to financial valuation and audit, in the construction, utility & infrastructure and waste management industry. Prior to joining Safal, she served as a Consultant with Deloitte’s Transaction and Business Analysis Service. While at Deloitte, she received a Merit Award recognizing her contribution to the [...]
Caroline brings diverse knowledge in business communication and design. As a Communications Specialist at Safal, Caroline has been a part of projects on career and technical education, the designing of app graphics and visual displays, and providing targeted technical assistance to State Education Agencies. Prior to Safal, she spearheaded a business consulting team [...]
Donna McGuire, Executive Administrator, brings 20 years of experience in educational leadership and instruction. She served as the Assistant Principal for 12 years in the Alief School District, and supervised the Special Education program. At Elementary and Middle school levels, Donna spearheaded the academic development of Gifted and ELL students. She was a [...]
Kirsten Schaffer is a digital media strategist and communications professional with a decade of experience informing and engaging the public through multimedia. As a former television news journalist, she is a natural storyteller who builds audiences by creating content that connects people to their community and the people who shape it. Kirsten covered education, health, [...]