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A Right Denied: The Critical Need for Genuine School Reform (Big 20MB file but worth the wait!)
A Right Denied: The Critical Need for Genuine School Reform. It is meant to be a collection of data and arguments that forcefully advances an urgent school reform agenda.
Submitted By: Whitney Tilson


Adding New Board Members: The Steps You Are Required to Take and The Risks of Getting it Wrong
Adding New Board Members: The Steps You Are Required to Take and The Risks of Getting it Wrong tool is part of a three-part series from an Education Law & Governance Update newsletter. The Adding New Board Members: The Steps You Are Required to Take and The Risks of Getting it Wrong tool describes the process and risks of adding new board members.
Cohen Schneider LLP


Aspire Public Schools: Board Management
Aspire Public Schools: Board Management - A highly qualified board that is managed and engaged appropriately can be a significant contributor to organizational success. Aspire Public Schools puts considerable effort into developing and managing its board, and has created structures and systems to ensure that the work of the board is informed, relevant, and meaningful.
Submitted By: NewSchools Venture Fund
NewSchools Venture Fund


Avoiding the Break-up: Preparing for Renewal and Avoiding Revocation
Got a good thing going that you want to protect? We want to help you avoid non-renewal and revocation. We have 18 years of experience in defending charter schools against revocations and supporting charter schools through renewal. We will outline the top 15 reasons charter schools are revoked or non-renewed and discuss real-life examples, taking the lessons from each. We will also discuss the legal steps for renewal of the charter and critical tips for submitting a renewal petition.
Submitted By: Lisa Corr
Middleton, Young & Minney, LLP


Avoiding the Death Spiral
Avoiding the Death Spiral is a presentation from the 2014 National Charter Schools Conference. When charter schools struggle, patterns of financial mismanagement, low performance, and poor planning can manifest in a loss of enrollment, and ultimately, a loss of funding. These patterns produce an identifiable "Death Spiral" that sets the school on an inescapable and unrecoverable path to demise. Come to this workshop to identify the warning signs and learn how to make timely corrections.
Submitted By: Jennifer Dauzvardis
Peak to Peak Charter School


Board Chairs: The Top 10 Tips for Being a Great Board Chair
The Board Chairs: The Top 10 Tips for Being a Great Board Chair tool covers the top 10 tips for being a great board chair.
Submitted By: Kate Williamson
Charter Board Partners


Board Engagement 2.0: Money, Power, Respect
Board Engagement 2.0: Money, Power, Respect is a presentation from the 2015 National Charter School Conference. The difference between making the playoffs and winning the championship is board caliber. Status quo says school leaders prefer a hands-off approach. This session disrupts that notion by revealing the secret sauce of creating focus-driven boards that work in tandem with school leadership. Using an asset-based framework and the relational leadership model, strategies to cultivate and maintain a winning board culture that creates a chance for every child will be discussed.
Submitted By: Makiyah Moody
Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools


Board Member: Your Fiscal Responsibility
The Board Member: Your Fiscal Responsibility helps you know what questions to ask when reviewing your school's financial position. You are ultimately responsible if your school is financially mismanaged. This interactive, hands-on session will provide you with unique facts about school finance and the skills needed to identify potential problems. This workshop will also include group discussion and review of sample school financial statements.
Submitted By: Tammy Stanton
ExEd


Building and Sustaining a Supportive Relationship between the Board and School Administrator
Building and Sustaining a Supportive Relationship between the Board and School Administrator tool is from the 2013 Colorado Charter School Conference. Charter school boards and school leaders need to work together to provide effective and sound leadership at charter schools. Having well-defined and understood roles and responsibilities, a fair evaluation system, and clear policies that are used in practice are a few steps schools can take to support strong relationships between the board and administration.
Submitted By: Nora Flood
Colorado League of Charter Schools


Characteristics of the Nation's Most Successful Schools
The Characteristics of the Nation's Most Successful Schools tool is a presentation from the 2012 National Charter School Conference. What do the nation’s most successful schools do differently than other schools? Dr. Bill Daggett has led a five-year study to answer that critical question. In this tool, Dr. Daggett will lay out the most important findings and how they have served as the foundation of the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Assessments.
Submitted By: William Daggett
ICLE, Inc.


Charter School Board Service 101: What to Do and How to Do it Well
Charter School Board Service 101: What to Do and How to Do it Well is a presentation from the 2014 National Charter School Conference. Charter school governance experts from Charter Board Partners will share their Standards for Highly Effective Charter School Boards that answer the question "Now that I’m on the board, what do I DO?" This interactive, case-based session will dive into the standards, share strategies for creating and sustaining effective boards, and help board members learn how to play their role well.
Submitted By: Carrie Irvin
Charter Board Partners


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 Support Initiative: Colorado Standars and Indicators for Continuous School Improvement
Avoiding the Death Spiral is a presentation from the 2014 National Charter Schools Conference. When charter schools struggle, patterns of financial mismanagement, low performance, and poor planning can manifest in a loss of enrollment, and ultimately, a loss of funding. These patterns produce an identifiable "Death Spiral" that sets the school on an inescapable and unrecoverable path to demise. Come to this workshop to identify the warning signs and learn how to make timely corrections.
Submitted By: Nora Flood
Colorado League of Charter Schools


Committee Charges for Charter School Boards
The Committee Charges for Charter School Boards tool covers six different committee charges.
Submitted By: Kate Williamson
Charter Board Partners


Creating an Effective Governing Board Guidebook
Creating an Effective Governing Board Guidebook - Like other organizations, charter schools often face challenges in building effective boards of directors. Many charter schools report serious difficulty in creating and operating good working boards. Tensions among board directors, conflict between board and staff, and non-functioning boards are among the problems that have plagued charter schools in many places. The nonprofit world is rich with workshop opportunities and guides on nonprofit board effectiveness. Local district boards of education usually are able to draw upon state and national school board associations for consultation and instruction. However, there is little specific guidance on the development and effectiveness of charter school boards.
Submitted By: Frank Martinelli
The Center for Public Skills Training


Creating an Internally Accountable School
Creating an Internally Accountable School presentation is from the 2012 National Charter school conference. This tool focuses on how schools can stay ahead of the external accountability curve by creating a culture of achievement that leads to strong internal accountability. Presenters will share how the school leaders of Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in Washington, DC, developed an instructional culture of achievement that supports strong internal accountability to improve academic achievement for all students.
Submitted By: Sheila Polk
TEACH the POSSIBILITY


Creating Instructional Cultures of Achievement that Lead to Strong Internal Accountability and Close the Achievement Gap: What to Do When the Challenges Seem to Outweigh the Benefits?
The Creating Instructional Cultures of Achievement that Lead to Strong Internal Accountability and Close the Achievement Gap: What to Do When the Challenges Seem to Outweigh the Benefits tool discusses system academic plans and internal accountability.
Submitted By: Sheila Polk
TEACH the POSSIBILITY


Cultivating Leadership: Strategic Board Composition
Cultivating Leadership: Strategic Board Composition is a presentation from the 2014 National Charter Schools Conference. Getting the right people on your school board is essential, and planning board composition strategically is critical to success. Learn how to design and use effective on-boarding and “off-boarding” processes that will establish a culture of high expectations and ensure that your board is composed entirely of highly competent individuals who are committed to serving as champions for your work.
Submitted By: Makiyah Moody
Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools


Data-Driven Governance
Based on the analogous principals of data-driven instruction, this session will provide an overview on how boards should use interim and summative data – academic, financial, and operational – to ensure effective governance. Examples of effective board reporting from school leaders and finance directors will be highlighted, and participants will share their own experience with data-driven governance. Focus will also be on the role of the board in responding to the data, and what to do when the early warning light starts blinking.
Submitted By: Joe Keeney
4th Sector Solutions


Does the Charter School Board Need to Vote on EVERYTHING?
The article discusses some guidelines for board votes including charter contract amendments and by-laws, policies, resolutions, and major contracts or purchases.
Submitted By: Joe Keeney and Michael Higgins
Charter School Tools and The Higgins Law Firm


EMO Disengagement Checklist
EMO Disengagement Checklist - The EMO disengagement checklist provides charter schools with the function area and the key transition issues when disengaging an EMO. This document is to be used when a charter school is disengaging from their current EMO.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


EMO/CMO/Contractor Evaluation Instrument
EMO/CMO/Contractor Evaluation Instrument - This instrument should be used by charter school boards to perform annual evaluations of their EMOs, CMOs, school support organizations, or other contractors. You may use it as is, or we can customize and administer it for you (either remotely or with on-site support) - please email us at info@charterschooltools.org for more information.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Five Reasons Why Most Charter School Boards Are Ineffective -- And What To Do About It
Five Reasons Why Most Charter School Boards Are Ineffective -- And What To Do About It tool describes why most charter boards are ineffective.
Submitted By: Brian Carpenter


GOOD to GOVERN: Charter School Founding Board Diagnostic Tool
GOOD to GOVERN: Charter School Founding Board Diagnostic Tool - This tool discusses the standard preparation, capacity/composition, structure, and clarity for charter school founding boards.
Submitted By: Marci Cornell-Feist
Reach The High Bar


GOOD to GOVERN: Evaluating the Capacity of Charter School Founding Boards
GOOD to GOVERN: Evaluating the Capacity of Charter School Founding Boards - This tool is an article written by Marci Cornell-Feist and published by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers Issue Brief. The article discusses the ultimate success of a charter school hinges on the board’s ability to govern effectively. In fact, it can be argued that no other single factor is more important to the health and sustainability of a charter school than its board.
Submitted By: Marci Cornell-Feist
Reach The High Bar


How to Prepare for Your Charter School Authorizer Interview
The How to Prepare for Your Charter School Authorizer Interview tool will go over questions which should be addresses before your authorizer interview.
Charter School Tools


Improving Charter School Leadership
Improving Charter School Leadership - As the number of students attending charter schools continues to rise, state leaders have a growing interest in ensuring that this education sector is well-equipped to meet the goals of improving student achievement, especially for low-income and minority families who have been underserved by the traditional education system. Without strong leaders - namely school directors and members of the school's board of directors - charter schools will not be well positioned to meet their promise of raising student achievement.
Submitted By: Gary Martin, President
Hapeville Charter School and Career Academy


Is Your Charter School Board Effective?
Is Your Charter School Board Effective? - This tool is a quiz for charter school boards. Take this quiz and see how you do!
Submitted By: Marci Cornell-Feist
Reach The High Bar


Launching the Next Generation of Charter Management Organizations
Launching the Next Generation of Charter Management Organizations tools is from the 2013 National Charter School Conference. Many of the country’s large Charter Management Organizations were seeded from high quality individual charter schools. This generation of independent charter schools, having proven out their model, are now considering doing the same thing – replicating and/or launching their own CMOs. In this session you will hear from charter leaders who have or are preparing to scale their work. Panelists will discuss the big questions every organization must answer before considering replication.
Submitted By: James Merriman
New York City Charter School Center


Leadership: The Keystone to Quality and Growth
Leadership: The Keystone to Quality and Growth - Charters are growing by a rate of approximately 10% annually...with the national attention, this rate could easily increase in the coming years. Critical need for groups to plan high quality charters to support the growth and success of the charter reform movement and to increase impact nationwide in student achievement.
Submitted By: Gary Martin, President
Hapeville Charter School and Career Academy


Maximizing Effectiveness: Focusing the Microscope on Charter School Governing Boards
The Maximizing Effectiveness: Focusing the Microscope on Charter School Governing Boards tool discusses the functions of charter school boards, stages of board development, board membership, and board training.
Submitted By: Priscilla Wohlstetter
Columbia University


Negotiating Contracts: Tips for Success
The Negotiating Contracts: Tips for Success tool is part of three-part series from the Education Law & Governance Update newsletter. The Negotiating Contracts: Tips for Success tool explains terms associated with school related contracts.
Cohen Schneider LLP


Primer on Board Minutes
Primer on Board Minutes is a template on how taking board minutes by Dr. Charles Speiker.
Submitted By: Dr. Charles Speiker
Ship's Wheel Consulting, LLC


Sample Resolution - Unanimous Consent of Directors
The Sample Resolution - Unanimous Consent of Directors tool is a sample resolution to be adopted by the board of directors.
Charter School Tools


Scaling Up Charter Management Organizations: Eight Key Lessons for Success
Scaling Up Charter Management Organizations: Eight Key Lessons for Success guidebook shares experiences and offers a variety of lessons about how to navigate the intricacies of CMO growth.
Submitted By: Priscilla Wohlstetter
Columbia University


The Biggest Decisions You Will Ever Make
The Biggest Decisions You Will Ever Make was a presentation given at the 2014 National Charter Schools Conference. Charter boards often make big decisions that affect their organizations for years – e.g., hiring/firing a new school leader or CEO, adding a high school, replicating to a new location or market, adding facility debt. Our panel of experienced charter leaders will discuss lessons learned from making these decisions and offer guidance to help you make the best big decision possible.
Submitted By: Joe Keeney
4th Sector Solutions


The Critical Challenge of Governance for Charter School Boards
The Critical Challenge of Governance for Charter School Boards - A fundamental challenge of the charter school movement is populating boards with individuals schooled in the crucial components of nonprofit governance. This tool will explore the critical roles and responsibilities of both the individual board member and the collective board.
Submitted By: Nancy J. Shoemaker
Board Consultant


The Hidden Power of Internal Accountability to Build Success That Endures: A Paradigm Shift!
The Hidden Power of Internal Accountability to Build Success That Endures: A Paradigm Shift article discusses the power of internal accountability, instructional school culture, and instructional principal leadership.
Submitted By: Sheila Polk
TEACH the POSSIBILITY


The National Study of Charter Management Organization (CMO) Effectiveness
The National Study of CMO Effectiveness is a national, longitudinal research effort designed to measure how nonprofit charter school management organizations (CMOs) affect student achievement, and to examine the internal structures, practices, and policy contexts that may influence these outcomes.


The Role of the Board in Strategic Planning
The Role of the Board in Strategic Planning tools is a conference presentation from the 2012 Louisiana Charter School Conference. This tools covers strategic planning, techniques for assessment, and how your board and staff should be involved.
Submitted By: Frank Martinelli
The Center for Public Skills Training


The State of Charter Authorizing: NACSA’s Annual Authorizer Survey Results
The State of Charter Authorizing: NACSA’s Annual Authorizer Survey Results - Since 2008, NACSA has annually surveyed our nation’s authorizers. NACSA documented its findings in six annual reports (see below). Survey findings provide an annual measuring stick for those in the field of authorizing, and they help education decision makers, foundations, legislators, and researchers inform their understanding of the field of charter school authorizing.
NACSA


The THB Charter School Board of Trustees Job Description
The THB Charter School Board of Trustees Job Description - This tool gives the general and specific responsibilities of the charter school board of trustees. The board of trustees are responsible for ensuring that the academic program of THB Charter School (THB) is successful, that the school's program and operation are faithful to the terms of its charter, and that the school is a viable organization.
Submitted By: Marci Cornell-Feist
Reach The High Bar


Top 10 Characteristics of Highly Effective Charter School Governing Boards
The Top 10 Characteristics of Highly Effective Charter School Governing Boards was written by Marci Cornell-Feist discusses the top ten characteristics of highly effective charter school governing boards.
Submitted By: Marci Cornell-Feist
Reach The High Bar


Top 10 Mistakes of Charter School Founding Boards
The Top 10 Mistakes of Charter School Founding Boards was written by Marci Cornell-Feist discussing the top ten mistakes of charter school founding boards.
Submitted By: Marci Cornell-Feist
Reach The High Bar


Understanding the Requirements of Title I, Part A
The Understanding the Requirements of Title I, Part A tool was a presentation from the 2012 Florida Charter School Conference. This tool will go over the history of Title I, program models, allocations and set-asides, and parental involvement.
Submitted By: Anna Moore
Florida Department of Education


What is Good Evaluation
What is Good Evaluation - Governing Boards have a responsibility for supporting school leaders, and one way is to ensure good evaluations. This tool contains a list of qualities of good evaluations.
Submitted By: Gary Martin, President
Hapeville Charter School and Career Academy


What To Include in Your Monthly Board Package
The What To Include in Your Monthly Board Package tool offers the best practices for your monthly charter school board meetings.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


Why Good Authorizers Should Close Bad Schools
Why Good Authorizers Should Close Bad Schools - Charter schools serve a variety of purposes. They empower parents by giving them more educational options from which to choose; they provide opportunities for innovative educators to implement new approaches to teaching and learning; they create schools for specific student populations or neighborhoods that are underserved by local school systems; and they put competitive pressure on school districts to change and improve.
Submitted By: Brian Hassel
Public Impact


Working with your Authorizer to get from Approved to Open!
The Working with your Authorizer to get from Approved to Open tool is from the 2012 Florida Charter School Conference. Learn and understand how to work with your authorizer to get your school approved an open.
Submitted By: Tiffanie Pauline
Miami-Dade County Public Schools


Your Job as a Board Member and How to Do it Well
Your Job as a Board Member and How to Do it Well presentation from the 2012 National Charter School conference. As public institutions committed to education reform, charter schools must perform well within a highly scrutinized environment where schools are held to higher levels of accountability. Working within this environment, it is imperative that board members fully understand their unique job, how it differes from traditional board service and how to do their jobs exceptionally well.
Submitted By: John Tarvin and Marci Cornell-Feist
The High Bar




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