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A Survival Guide: Finding Your Facility
Your facility is a key component to the success of your charter school. Come learn about the DOs and DON’Ts when it comes to finding either your first or your next facility. Find out what you should be looking for in your next facility. Hear about the best ways to assemble your facility team, how to work with cities, and key items to look for before signing your lease.
Submitted By: Benson Sainsbury
InSite Charter School Services


Agenda Template
This tool is a sample agenda template to use for your board of director's meetings.
Submitted By: Marci Cornell-Feist
Reach The High Bar


Aspire Public Schools - An Approach to Opening News Schools
Aspire Public Schools (Aspire), a CMO based in Oakland, California, has developed a detailed approach to opening new schools based on nearly 10 years of experience starting and operating charter schools in multiple geographies throughout California. This case study is an overview of Aspire’s school opening process – a summary that is intended to provide a framework for other school management organizations that are considering how to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their own new school openings.
NewSchools Venture Fund


Aspire Sample School Start Up Workplan
This is a sample charter school startup workplan.
NewSchools Venture Fund
  

Audio Visual Check-In Form
The Audio Visual Check-In form to check-in and check out audio visual equipment.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Be a Start-Up Star: Tips, Templates, and More
Be a Start-Up Star: Tips, Templates, and More is a presentation from the 2015 National Charter School Conference. Starting a school is tough work! Let us help you tackle the details of start-up now, so you can focus on students later. This presentation focused on: Building a board that doesn't hold you back; Raising start-up money to get you what you need; Navigating authorizers and politics strategically; and Hiring right the first time!
Submitted By: Nicole Assisi
Thrive Public Schools


Being Proactive to Resolve Conflict: Next Steps in Facilitation
The Being Proactive to Resolve Conflict: Next Steps in Facilitation tool defines an IEP and FIEP. The tool can be used to learn the procedures when setting up your facilitation program.
Submitted By: Karen Slaughter
Region 10 ESC


Beyond the Charter Application: Section 504 Compliance in Academic and Non-Academic/Extra-Curricular Settings
Beyond the Charter Application: Section 504 Compliance in Academic and Non-Academic/Extra-Curricular Settings tool covers information on Section 504 compliance.
Submitted By: Wesley Johnson
Escamilla, Poneck, & Cruz LLP


Bus Stop Request Form
The Bus Stop Request Form tool is request a bus route for your child.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools


Business Partnership Education Activities Agreement
The Business Partnership Education Activities Agreement is to be used when entering into a partnership with the school and an outside company/business. The form includes the role of the school and the role of the business in the partnership.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Cafeteria or Kitchen Request Form
The cafeteria or kitchen request form is to be used when an organization request to use school facilities (cafeteria/kitchen) for an event.
Charter School Tools


Charter School CEO/Executive Director Evaluation Rubric
CEO Evaluation - The charter school CEO/Executive Director evaluation tool allow you to evaluate your school CEO or Executive Director.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Charter School Partnerships
The Charter School Partnerships is a tool which includes eight key lessons for success.
Submitted By: Priscilla Wohlstetter
Columbia University


Charter School Transportation 101
This Charter School Transportation 101 presentation from the Florida Charter School Conference 2010 addresses potential challenges relating to initiating and/or maintaining a safe and efficient school transportation operation.
Submitted By: Ronnie McCallister
Florida Department of Education


Charter Schools Get Smart About Marketing
This article, Charter Schools Get Smart About Marketing, written by Patty Kennedy offers ways charter schools can advertise or market their school. Charter schools around the country are facing an ever-increasing need to attract great teachers, leaders, students and support. Not an easy task when budgets are tight, resources strained and priorities many. The thought of marketing can be confusing at best, and daunting at worst.
Submitted By: Patty Kennedy
Kennedy Spencer


Classroom Procedures
The classroom procedures tool can be used by teachers as rules for their classroom.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Classroom Safety Checklist
The Classroom Safety Checklist includes a check-off classroom safety checklist. There is also and area to include comments.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Classroom Technology Inventory Form
Classroom Technology Inventory Form
  

Confidentiality Agreement
This agreement is a standard confidentiality agreement that can be used by a school organization.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Conflict of Interest Policy
Conflict of Interest Policy - The purpose of the conflict of interest policy is to protect (the "Organization")’s interest when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement that might benefit the private interest of an officer or director of the Organization or might result in a possible excess benefit transaction. This policy is intended to supplement but not replace any applicable state and federal laws governing conflict of interest applicable to nonprofit and charitable organizations.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Critical Success Factors Are Key Components for Successful Schools
Critical Success Factors Are Key Components for Successful Schools is a presentation from the 2014 Texas Charter School Conference.
Submitted By: Lorna Bonner
Region 10 ESC


Curriculum Materials Inventory Form
Curriculum Materials Inventory Form
  

Custodial and Facilities Management Request for Proposals (RFP)
Custodial and Facilities Management Request for Proposals (RFP) - This form is a request for proposal template to be used when soliciting custodial and facilities management proposals.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Cyber Bullying Policy
The cyber bullying policy tool can be used by schools to define cyber bullying, establish the complaint procedures, and allow the school to keep track of cyber bullying incidents.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Cyberbullying Fact Sheet: Identification, Prevention, and Response
The cyberbullying fact sheet describes how to identify, prevent, and respond to cyberbullying in your school. Cyberbullying is defined as willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.
Submitted By: Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D.
Cyberbullying Research Center


Cyberbullying Incident Tracking Form
The cyberbullying incident tracking form allows schools to track cyberbullying and keep records on incidents at your school.
Submitted By: Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D.
Cyberbullying Research Center


Cyberbullying Report Card
The cyberbullying report card helps schools adequately address or prepare for cyberbullying.
Submitted By: Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D.
Cyberbullying Research Center


Cyberbullying: A Brief Review of Relevant Legal and Policy Issues
Cyberbullying: A Brief Review of Relevant Legal and Policy Issues - A significant amount of attention has been directed toward the states that are working through the process of developing cyberbullying legislation. Specifically, they are codifying a requirement for school districts to update their policies to include cyberbullying or other types of electronic harassment in their definitions or prohibited behavior.
Submitted By: Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D.
Cyberbullying Research Center


Disciplinary Action Form
Disciplinary Action is used when taking disciplinary action regarding a student. The disciplinary action form is used to formally recommend that disciplinary action be taken toward a student.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Do's and Don'ts in Communicating Effectively with the Broader Public
Do's and Don'ts in Communicating Effectively with the Broader Public is from the 2013 National Charter School conference. Successful charters work well when young people communicate their work with the broader public: legislators, journalists, business, community organizations and families. This session will rely in part of participants' experiences and in part on more than 40 years experience building education reforms that last. Come discuss your success and learn to implement the success of your colleagues.
Submitted By: Joe Nathan
Center for School Change


Dropout Recovery: Matching Accountability Policy With Instructional Practice
Dropout Recovery: Matching Accountability Policy With Instructional Practice is a presentation from the 2015 National Charter School Conference. Must differentiated expectations be lowered expectations? Explore the nuances of applying rigorous accountability measures that are relevant to schools serving re-engaged dropouts. Panelists include leaders of nationally recognized dropout recovery schools who will discuss best practices in pedagogy and school structure including project based learning, competency, flexible schedules, and comprehensive support services. Discover why enlightened charter school authorizers have taken on the challenge of developing alternative accountability measures. Learn about Louisiana’s decision to develop and adopt an alternative accountability framework.
National Association of Charter School Authorizers


Effectively Promoting Charter Schools to Various Elected Officials
Effectively Promoting Charter Schools to Various Elected Officials tools is from the 2013 National Charter School conference. Advocating for charter schools with policy makers is critical to the long-term success of the charter school movement. This session will offer tried and true advocacy methods and messages that work at all levels of government, from school boards to members of Congress, including an effective way to organize and leverage the voices of charter school teachers.
Submitted By: Joe Nathan
Center for School Change


Emergency Meal Application Form
The Emergency Meal application form is to be used when a student has not been registered or setup in the system to receive lunch at your school.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


EMOs/CMOs/Management Companies
EMOs/CMOs/Management Companies - There are over 90 for-profit education management organizations (EMOs) that operate over 650 charter schools and over 100 non-profit charter management organizations (CMOs) that operate over 600 schools in the U.S.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


End of The Year Checkout Form
The End of The Year Checkout Form is a check-list at the end of the school year.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Enhanced School Lockdowns and Emergency Response Planning
Enhanced School Lockdowns and Emergency Response Planning is a presentation from the 2014 Texas Charter School conference.
Submitted By: Gary L. Sigrist, Jr.
SafeGuard Risk Solutions


Ensuring Accommodations and Nondiscrimination in Extracurricular & Non-Academic Settings
Ensuring Accommodations and Nondiscrimination in Extracurricular & Non-Academic Settings tool is a presentation regarding Section 504 accommodations.
Submitted By: Wesley Johnson
Escamilla, Poneck, & Cruz LLP


Expense Report
The expense report form automatically calculates your reimbursement based on expenses submitted.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools
  

Extending Categorical Eligibility to Additional Children in a Household
This tool answers your questions regarding Extending Categorical Eligibility to Additional Children in a Household for Louisiana. This memorandum provides questions and answers relating to policy memorandum SP 382009, CACFP 08-2009, SFSP 07-2009, Extending Categorical Eligibility to Additional Children in a Household, dated August 27,2009. That memorandum extended categorical eligibility for free meals or free milk for children who are members of a household receiving assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Facilities 101: How to Plan and Pay for Your School Building
Facilities 101: How to Plan and Pay for Your School Building - This tool will provide information for school leaders and board members interested in planning their own facilities. Topics include school site planning, programming and financing. This tool will help you to get a better understanding of timeline, budgets and how to develop community support for your building project.
Submitted By: Kathleen Padian
New Orleans School Facility Project


Facilities Management and Maintenance
This tool touches on the acquisition of facilities, it focuses mostly on facilities management and maintenance, which is a critical aspect of CMO growth planning and rarely receives enough emphasis and or dedicated capacity. This tool will serve as a resource to CMOs that are looking to design, update, and improve their facilities management and maintenance strategies.
NewSchools Venture Fund


Facility Program Worksheet
This worksheet is from the A Survival Guide: Finding Your Facility presentation. The facility program worksheet can help you determine the size of the facility you will need for your school.
Submitted By: Benson Sainsbury
InSite Charter School Services


Facility Use Request, Application, and Agreement
Facility Use Request, Application, and Agreement - Complete facility use document! Contains facility use request, facility use application, and a facilities use agreement letter.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Family Engagement in Education: Seven Principles for Success
The Family Engagement in Education: Seven Principles for Success tool discusses how to engage parents and families in authentic, mutually beneficial ways at your school.
Submitted By: Priscilla Wohlstetter
Columbia University


Field Trip Permission Form
The field trip permission form is used to allow a student to attend a field trip. It is sent home with the child for the parent's signature.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Field Trip Policy
Field Trip Policy is used when planning a field trip at your school. It includes field trip procedures, a field trip request form, field trip permission form, and a form to request bag lunches for your field trip.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Field Trip Request Form
The field trip request form is used to request in advance a field trip.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Finance, HR, and Operations Do's & Don'ts
Finance, HR, and Operations Do's & Don'ts is a tool from the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools Conference. This tool covers all the do's and don'ts related to finance, HR, and school operations.
Submitted By: Joe Keeney
4th Sector Solutions


Fire Drill Policy
Fire Drill Policy - Use this tool for your fire drill procedures at the school. There must be at least one drill per month during the school year. This tool includes the procedure to follow during class time, the procedure to follow used before school and during lunch and recess.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Fire Drill Report Form
Fire Drill Report Form - Use this tool to keep track of when your fire drills are conducted. There must be at least one drill per month during the school year. The tool includes where the fire drill took place and the basic instructions of a fire drill.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Flag Code
The laws relating to the flag of the United States of America are found in detail in the United States Code. Title 4, Chapter 1 pertains to the flag. The flag code provides the time and occasions for display, the position and manner of display, respect for the flag, and conduct during hoisting, lowering or passing of flag.


Food Service Money Transfer Log
The food service money transfer log is a tool to help keep track of all lunch money collected at the school.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools
  

Football Field Maintenance Tips
The football field maintenance tools offers the top 5 tips for maintaining a football field. Please feel free to contact us if you need assistance for a vendor.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Form to Request Bag Lunches
The form to request bag lunches is to be used when students attend field trips and a lunch needs to be supplied.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Guidelines For Events When Alcohol May Be Served
The Guidelines For Events When Alcohol May Be Served explains the guidelines that should be followed when conducting an event outside of regular business hours when alcohol may be served.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Health Services Form
The Health Services Form is used to give medical history and contact information for a student.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools


Identify, Inspire and Impact: Critical Factors for School Marketing
Identify, Inspire and Impact: Critical Factors for School Marketing tool is from the 2012 National Charter school conference. Charter schools have many external constituents they need to reach - often with limited resources. In this session, participants will learn the three critical factors to successful marketing and communications geared for charter schools. Specifically, participants will learn how to identify and leverage unique strengths to create an effective and cost-effective marketing program that motivates audiences, such as board members, parents, the community, media and funders, to support your school.
Submitted By: Patty Kennedy
Kennedy Spencer


Incident Report Policy
Incident Report Policy - This form is to be used when there is an accident at a school. The form offers the required information, how the incident should be managed, insurance contact information, and an incident report form to complete.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Instructional Leadership and Organizational Change: Learning to Expect and Manage the Unexpected
The Instructional Leadership and Organizational Change: Learning to Expect and Manage the Unexpected tool discusses instructional leadership and organizational change as well as offers three lessons learned from the author.
Submitted By: Sheila Polk
TEACH the POSSIBILITY


Intent to Attend Form
The Intent to Attend Form is an intent to attend form that can be used at your school for future students to complete.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Intent to Return Form
The Intent To Return Form is used to indicate a student's intentions to return to the school the following year.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools


I’m in the Principal’s Seat, Now What?
I’m in the Principal’s Seat, Now What is a tool from the 2014 Texas Charter Schools conference.
Submitted By: Allan Bonilla


Maintenance Complaint Form
Maintenance Complaint Form - Use this tool to form a complaint regarding a maintenance issue. It allows users to select a description of the problem, the first or second occurance, and the custodial supervisor signature.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Maintenance Repair Checklist
Maintenance Repair Checklist is to be used as a summer maintenance repair checklist. It provides checkboxes regarding painting, floors, cleaning, and repairs.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools
  

Media Release Form
The Media Release Form is a tool to request parental permission the use of photographs/video to be used for the purpose of advertising by the school.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools


Meghan's Summer Reading List
Here is a great summer reading list from our good friend Meghan to help you recharge your brain and maybe even teach you something new about operating excellent schools.
Submitted By: Meghan Turner
Charter School Tools


Mileage Reimbursement Form
The mileage reimbursement form automatically calculates your reimbursement amount based on miles.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools
  

Minutes Template
This tool is a sample meeting minutes template.
Submitted By: Marci Cornell-Feist
Reach The High Bar


National Charter Schools Week Toolkit for Charter School Leaders
National Charter Schools Week Toolkit for Charter School Leaders - Produced by the National Charter School Alliance for National Charter Schools Week 2010.
Submitted By: National Charter School Alliance


Operating and Maintaining School Facilities and Grounds
Operating and Maintaining School Facilities and Grounds - School facility operations and maintenance exist to support the primary purpose of K-12 education: quality learning. The core responsibility is to ensure that through the provision of quality custodial and maintenance services - administrators, teachers and students have an environment that is safe, healthy, and responsive to educational programming.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Outsourced Business Management Services: When, Where and How?
Outsourced Business Management Services: When, Where and How? Charter schools are multi-million dollar independent businesses with complicated demands for financial and business management, human resources, technology and compliance. To meet those diverse needs within the constraints of tight operating budgets, a new industry of business management service providers has emerged.
Submitted By: Joe Keeney
4th Sector Solutions


Professional Development: Learning from the Best
Professional Development: Learning from the Best - Toolkit for Schools and Districts Based on The National Awards Program for Model Professional Development - This toolkit takes the best practices of award-winning schools and organizes them into a step-by-step planner for designing and implementing professional development. It digs beneath the award criteria and tells us how award winners did it. For example, we know that getting teachers involved in professional development design is one award criterion. This guide tells you specifically how award winners got teachers involved.
Submitted By: Brian Hassel
Public Impact


Reminders for Reformers
Reminders for Reformers tools offers a one page summary of communicating with families & communities. Successful charters work well when young people communicate their work with the broader public: legislators, journalists, business, community organizations and families. This session will rely in part of participants' experiences and in part on more than 40 years experience building education reforms that last. Come discuss your success and learn to implement the success of your colleagues.
Submitted By: Joe Nathan
Center for School Change


Request for Use of School Building Facilities
Request for Use of School Building Facilities is an agreement between the school and an outside organization for use of any of the school buildings facilities.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools
  

Responding to Cyberbullying: Top Ten Tips for Educators
Responding to Cyberbullying: Top Ten Tips for Educators tool list the top ten tips for educators on related to responding to cyberbullying.
Submitted By: Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D.
Cyberbullying Research Center


Risk Management for Schools Top Ten Risks and How to Manage Them
Risk Management for Schools Top Ten Risks and How to Manage Them tool discusses school risk management, top 10 charter school risks, steps to managing school risks and many more topics.
Submitted By: Jill Couvillon
Arthur J. Gallagher


Room Inventory Form
The Room Inventory form to keep track of inventory in the individual classroom.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Rural Charter Schools: Unique Challenges, Unique Opportunities
The Rural Charter Schools: Unique Challenges, Unique Opportunities tool is a presentation from the 2015 National Charter Schools Conference. Rural charter schools occupy a unique place in their community and also face unique challenges, limited teacher talent supply, smaller school populations, low expectations for college matriculation, challenging relationships with school districts, and facility financing constraints. This panel of rural school operators in Louisiana will share their experiences in meeting these and other challenges as part of a peer-to-peer networking session.
Submitted By: Joe Keeney
4th Sector Solutions


School Functions and Responsibilities Calendar
School Functions and Responsibilities Calendar - Yearly school functions and responsibilities calendar. The calendar covers January through August.
Submitted By: Gary Martin, President
Hapeville Charter School and Career Academy


School Functions and Responsibilities Form
School functions and responsibilities chart. Includes task or function, person responsible, timeline or due dates and a notes section.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


School Key Policy
School Key Policy - The primary focus of the teachers and administrators is to prepare students for tomorrow. The establishment of a safe environment in which the students can reach this goal is the shared responsibility of the school administrators and its teachers. Teachers and administrators receive keys to the school. Because possession of a school key gives authorized persons unfettered access to the school grounds, to the students, and to sensitive records, all parties in possession of a key must keep the goals of confidentiality and safety in mind at all times.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


School Nutrition: National Standards for Competitive Foods Sold in Elementary, Middle, or High School
School Nutrition: National Standards for Competitive Foods Sold in Elementary, Middle, or High School contains the national standards for competitive foods sold in elementary, middle, or high school. The Excel spreadsheet includes standard information regarding breakfast and lunch for all states.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools
  

Seven Ways Schools Must Address Bullying
The Seven Ways Schools Must Address Bullying tool discusses seven ways schools must address bullying.
Submitted By: Allan L. Beane, Ph.D.
Bully Free Systems, LLC


Social Networking and Marketing: How to Utilize Facebook to Benefit Your Business
This tool is great for learning how to advertise your charter school. Facebook is one of the most popular forms of social networking in the nation. Once the realm of college and high school students, Facebook has been expanding rapidly, and the site’s fastest-growing demographic is those 35 and older. In addition, recent enhancements have made it easier for organizations to interact with individual users.
Snitily Carr


Sports Equipment Inventory Log
The sports equipment inventory tool can keep track of all sports equipment at your school. This form will allow you to track the equipment item, condition, and if replacement or reconditioning is needed.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Staff-Parent Interaction Policy
Staff-Parent Interaction policy is to establish the principles governing the interaction between parents and the staff and the channels of communication to be adhered to in this interaction. This tool includes a table of contents with information regarding the purpose of this policy, policy statements, cautionary procedures, grievance procedures, and grievance form for parents.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Standard Student Withdrawal Form
The Standard Student Withdrawal form is used for a student who is withdrawing from a class.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Standard Timesheet
This is a standard timesheet to keep track of your employees days and hours worked.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools
  

Standard Timesheet Form - 2010
The Standard Timesheet Form - 2010 is an Excel standard timesheet form includes six sections for your school employees to keep track of time worked.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools
  

Standard Transportation Bus Log Form
The Standard Transportation Bus Log Form is to help keep track of the time the buses are arriving and departing at your school.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools
  

Start Up Plan
Use this start-up plan for all aspects of starting your charter school.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools
  

State Cyberbullying Laws
The state cyberbullying laws tools is a brief review of state cyberbullying laws and policies.
Submitted By: Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D.
Cyberbullying Research Center


State Policy Updates 2010
State Policy Updates 2010 - This is a presentation from the National Charter School Conference 2010. This tool goes over the policy updates regarding Caps and Moratoria, authorizers, funding and facilities, new laws, and impact of race to the top.
Submitted By: Todd Ziebarth, Vice President, State Advocacy and Support
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools


Student Code of Conduct
The student code of conduct tool includes the student rights and responsibilities, bus discipline, classroom and class regulations, and general discipline policy.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Student Failure List
The student failure list allows teachers to keep track of failing students all in one place.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Student Handbook
The student handbook tool can be utilized at any school to serve as your school's student handbook.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Student Registration Form
Student Registration Form - Use this form to register new students. The form is a complete student registration form and directory release form for use at your school. The form includes student information, parent/guardian information, transportation information, and emergency contacts.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Teacher Sign In & Sign Out Form
The teacher sign-in and sign-out form can be used to keep track of the teacher's availability.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Teaching Materials Check-In Form
The Teaching Materials Check-In form to check-in and check-out text books and teaching materials to students.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Texas Charter Handbook
Texas Charter Handbook - The handbook itself is a shell document comprised of introductory pages for each of the subjects in the table of contents. The expectation is that schools will fill in the areas behind each of the introductory pages with the most recent versions of relevant documents.


Texas Student Data System for Administrators
The Texas Student Data System tool provides you the vision for data collection and sharing in Texas.
Submitted By: David Butler
Texas Education Agency


Texas Student Data System for Teachers
The Texas Student Data System tool provides you the vision for data collection and sharing in Texas.
Submitted By: David Butler
Texas Education Agency


Textbook Check-In Form
The textbook check-in form allows you to keep track of student textbooks, teacher editions, workbooks, and supplemental material.
Charter School Tools


The Evolution of Data Use in Schools
The Evolution of Data Use in Schools allows schools to determine where they are in the student data process.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


The Five Most Common Charter School Vulnerabilities and How You Can Refute Them
The Five Most Common Charter School Vulnerabilities and How You Can Refute Them tool is from the 2013 National Charter School Conference. Even 20 years after the first charter school opened, the charter school movement still has its critics and misperceptions exist. Whether you're communicating with parents, a neighbor or even a skeptical reporter, you can arm yourself with good messaging to help you set the record straight.
Submitted By: Gary Larson
Larson Communications


Travel and Expense Policy
Travel and Expense Policy - The school recognizes that employees of may be required to travel or incur other expenses from time to time. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that (a) adequate cost controls are in place, (b) travel and other expenditures are appropriate, and (c) to provide a uniform and consistent approach for the timely reimbursement of authorized expenses incurred by personnel.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools
  

U.S. Charter Schools' Median Ratios Reveal A Young Sector Growing Rapidly But With Volatility
U.S. Charter Schools' Median Ratios Reveal A Young Sector Growing Rapidly But With Volatility tool is from Standard & Poor's Ratings Service. The growth and volatility of charter school ratings exceed that of our other public finance sectors and we expect that to continue as this one evolves, schools adapt to local political climates, new financing opportunities emerge, and schools continue to access the capital markets to secure funding for facility needs. However, the charter schools' small size and relatively short operating history and limited financial flexibility present performance uncertainty and potential for rating changes.
Submitted By: Jessica Matsumori
Standard & Poor's


Using Web Analytics to Increase and Optimize Web Site Traffic
This web analytics tool can help you advertise your charter school. Web analytics involves gathering, converting, analyzing, and reporting user traffic data in order to understand and optimize Web site usage.
SnitilyCarr


Vending Snacks Meeting Recommended Criteria
This tool provides the vending snacks recommended criteria and also offers suggested items.
Submitted By: Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the Louisiana Department of Education


What I Wish I Had Known
What I Wish I Had Known is a presentation from the 2013 California Charter School Conference. This tools covers key problems and issues facing new school leaders. What are the key problem areas? What do new schools need to know that they don't? What are the chief business management hurdles facing the leaders and board members of newly-opened school? What are the key misconceptions and most common mistakes?
Submitted By: Alice Miller
California Charter Schools Association


What I Wish I Knew: First 3 Years of Charter School Operations
What I Wish I Knew: First 3 Years of Charter School Operations - If you are planning to start a charter school, this document enlightens you on the first three years of charter school operations.
Submitted By: Gary Martin, President
Hapeville Charter School and Career Academy


Working with the News Media
Working with the News Media tools offers a one page summary explaining how to work with the media. Successful charters work well when young people communicate their work with the broader public: legislators, journalists, business, community organizations and families. This session will rely in part of participants' experiences and in part on more than 40 years experience building education reforms that last. Come discuss your success and learn to implement the success of your colleagues.
Submitted By: Joe Nathan
Center for School Change


Year Zero and Beyond: Know What You Don't Know
The Year Zero and Beyond: Know What You Don't Know tool is a presentation from the 2012 California Charter School Conference. New school leaders and founding boards are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work involved during school start-up. More often than not, these challenges are due to a lack of internal capacity. In other words, start-up teams "don't know what they don't know." This tool will show specific strategies in governance, personnel, student enrollment, and financial planning to prepare the board and leadership team not only to survive, but to thrive, in year one.
Submitted By: Kate Agostinelli
Foley and Lardner, LLP




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