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Academics & Blended Learning

A National Primer on K-12 Online Learning
A National Primer on K-12 Online Learning - This iNACOL publication provides a good overview for people just getting started with online learning.
Submitted By: Susan Patrick
iNACOL


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


Always Carry Dry Socks - Survival Lessons for Schools I Learned as a US Marine
Brian Carpenter provides six survival lessons for charter school leaders. This article provides lessons about school leadership.
Submitted By: Brian Carpenter


Charter Leader Curriculum Standards
The charter leader curriculum standards developed based on standards for advanced programs in educational leadership.
Submitted By: Gary Martin, President
Hapeville Charter School and Career Academy


Charter Schools Leading the Special Education Revolution
Charter Schools Leading the Special Education Revolution - California is committed to increased options for charter schools when serving students with special needs. Innovative models offer an infrastructure to serve increased numbers of students across a broader range of services. Presenters will discuss funding, governance and service delivery models designed to support high quality options for all.
Submitted By: Vicki Barber
El Dorado County Office of Education


Common ELL Terms and Definitions
This glossary is a resource for professionals involved in English language learner (ELL) education, and represents a first step toward developing a comprehensive catalogue of terms and definitions to aid educators in their work with increasing population of ELLs across the country.
Submitted By: Libia Gil PhD, Senior Fellow
American Institutes for Research


Components of Effective Teaching Observation Report
The Components of Effective Teaching Observation Report is used as a teacher evaluation. It is an observation report that includes the teacher's name, school, date, grade level, and subject taught. The evaluation is based on 9 different criteria.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools


DC Prep - Implementation of the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP)
This case study examines how DC Prep decided to implement the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP), in an effort to improve its professional development for teachers.
NewSchools Venture Fund


Florida School Accountability Systems Update
Florida School Accountability Systems Update - This presentation provides an overview of Florida School Grades, Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reporting, and school improvement ratings for alternative schools, with emphasis on the new high school grading components.
Submitted By: Edward Croft
Florida Department of Education


Funding & Policy Frameworks: Virtual Learning
The Funding & Policy Frameworks: Virtual Learning covers what promise and potential online learning, blended learning and cyber learning holds. This tool will use examples from the landscape of online learning as a basis to bring to life questions on the transformation of learning, teaching and authorizing in a cyber age.
Submitted By: Susan Patrick
iNACOL


Goals, Guidelines, and Standards for Student Scientific Investigations
The Goals, Guidelines, and Standards for Student Scientific Investigations publication provides guidance on how to design online science content so that the scientific inquiry process can be superior to what most students experience in a traditional science classroom.
Submitted By: Susan Patrick
iNACOL


How Do We Know if a Charter School is Really Succeeding? – Various Approaches to Investigating School Effectiveness
How Do We Know if a Charter School is Really Succeeding? – Various Approaches to Investigating School Effectiveness tool is a presentation from the 2012 Missouri Charter School Conference. This tool provides various approaches to evaluating the effectiveness of charter schools. It focuses on rigorous research designs that will help establish an evidence base, including randomized controlled trial and well-matched comparison group designs. Alternative designs that may better fit the unique circumstances of each constituency and address individual needs will also be presented. All research designs will be illustrated with empirical examples of charter school evaluations using both quantitative and qualitative techniques.
Submitted By: Otoniel Lopez
Metis Associates


How Pre-K Multiplies Education Reform Efforts
How Pre-K Multiplies Education Reform Efforts - A vast body of research demonstrates that high-quality pre-k raises literacy and math achievement, lowers grade retention, reduces remedial and special education needs and increases high school graduation rates. The evidence is clear and compelling: like a child's developing brain, the most successful school reform plans begin in the earliest years. Learn what you can do as an authorizer to ensure successful charter schools are supporting high-quality pre-kindergarten to prepare and motivate students to achieve at higher levels, multiplying the impact of other reforms.
Submitted By: Jack McCarthy
AppleTree Institute


How Progressive Can You Really Be?
How Progressive Can You Really Be? This tool is from the 2012 National Charter School Conference. Both private and charter schools are highly accountable to their student and parent clients. Progressive private schools in particular have the ability to create a highly student-centered and innovative culture. In this session, led by a school leader from one of New York City's most elite private schools, we will identify the key qualities of a "progressive" private high school and discuss which of those qualities can inform practice at a charter high school.
Submitted By: John Love
Fieldstone School


Leading Change in Challenging Times: Florida's Exceptional Student Education
This Leading Change in Challenging Times: Florida's Exceptional Student Education presentation from the 2010 Florida Charter Schools conference provides an overview of exceptional student education (ESE) initiatives, including Florida's General Supervision System under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Response-to-Intervention (RtI) in the identification of students with disabilities, assessment, and other related topics.
Submitted By: Bambi Lockman
Florida Department of Education


Management and Operations of Online Programs
The Management and Operations of Online Programs includes relevant initial decisions of the stages of starting an online program.
Submitted By: Susan Patrick
iNACOL


Measuring Success in the Transition to Common Core
Measuring Success in the Transition to Common Core is a presentation from the 2014 National Charter Schools Conference. This session will provide specific, actionable tools and examples of how high performing charter schools are holistically measuring success. To support a successful transition to Common Core, participants will break into small groups to experience first-hand the kinds of high quality information schools are using to guide instruction and to share with parents, authorizers, and the public.
Submitted By: Elizabeth Robitaille
California Charter Schools Association


National Standards for Quality Online Teaching
The National Standards for Quality Online Teaching tool teaches about the national quality standards addressing online teaching and instructional design.
Submitted By: Susan Patrick
iNACOL


National Standards of Quality for Online Courses
The National Standards of Quality for Online Courses tool covers quality standards specific to online course content.
Submitted By: Susan Patrick
iNACOL


Online Teacher Support Programs: Mentoring and Coaching Models
The Online Teacher Support Programs: Mentoring and Coaching Models publication provides information about how to provide support for your online teachers.
Submitted By: Susan Patrick
iNACOL


Policy & Funding Frameworks for Online Learning
Policy & Funding Frameworks for Online Learning - This tool describes online learning within K-12 education is increasing access and equity by making high quality courses and highly qualified teachers available to students. Online learning programs offer courses, academic credits and support toward a diploma.
Submitted By: Susan Patrick
iNACOL


Policy & Funding Frameworks for Online Learning
Policy & Funding Frameworks for Online Learning - This tool describes online learning within K-12 education is increasing access and equity by making high quality courses and highly qualified teachers available to students. Online learning programs offer courses, academic credits and support toward a diploma.
Submitted By: Susan Patrick
iNACOL


Quality School Standards
The Quality School Standards features the standard and objectives on academic achievement, standard and objectives on governance and school leadership, standard and objectives on fiscal responsibility, standard operations, resources, and support systems, standard and objectives on legal & regulatory requirements, standard and objectives for safety and risk management, standard and objective culture, community, and relationship building
Submitted By: Gary Martin, President
Hapeville Charter School and Career Academy


The High-Wire Job of Charter School Leadership
The High-Wire Job of Charter School Leadership - As it turns out, running a charter school poses different challenges from those of running a traditional public school. Some of the challenges, of course, are the same. Both charter and regular public school leaders are responsible for shaping a school's vision; fostering trust between adults and students, managing resources well, and balancing the inevitable pressures inside and outside the school's environment.
Submitted By: Gary Martin, President
Hapeville Charter School and Career Academy


Top Ten Test-Taking Tips for Students
The Top Ten Test-Taking Tips for Students offers students the top ten tips to successful test taking.
Submitted By: TeacherVision
Pearson


Using Online Learning for At-Risk Students and Credit Recovery
The Using Online Learning for At-Risk Students and Credit Recovery provides information regarding credit recovery. Credit recovery refers to a student passing, and receiving credit for, a course that the student previously attempted but was unsuccessful in earning academic credit towards graduation.
Submitted By: Susan Patrick
iNACOL


Walk Through Teacher Observation
Walk Through Teacher Observation - This tool is used to observe and evaluate your teachers. The form includes the teacher's name, time, course, and date.
Submitted By: Charter School Tools
Charter School Tools




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