In partnership with National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Public Impact produced a three-part series looking at how being a person of color affected the ways in which successful charter school leaders built schools where students, families, and staff learn, grow, and thrive. This third in the series profiles two such leaders who use language to bring together students from diverse backgrounds and communities, and provide students with opportunities to follow their dreams by learning to code, traveling, and being exposed to a wide array of extracurricular activities.
Better Together—Charter School Champions and Parent Advocates
This call to action explains why partnerships to better support students with disabilities are needed, the forms they might take, and how to get started.
While the charter sector has much to celebrate, the country can do more to put great schools—including excellent charters—within reach for our most vulnerable students. Students with disabilities represent one such group. The best solutions start by partnering with the parent groups that advocate for students with disabilities, and have been doing so for decades. As partners, charter school champions and organizations working with parents of children with disabilities can collectively improve outcomes for students with disabilities, create better school options for them, and advocate for better policies. This call to action for charter champions to launch and deepen their partnerships with parent advocates explains how they are better together—why such partnerships are needed, the forms they might take from partnerships highlighted in Washington, DC, New York City, and Los Angeles, and how to get started.
Charter School Facility Incubators—An Innovative Approach to Charter School Facilities
This case study provides an in-depth look at the design and operations of Building Pathways, a charter facility incubator in Washington D.C.
Facilities access is arguably the largest and most persistent challenge facing new and expanding charter schools. Creating a charter facility “incubator” can help solve this challenge. This case study provides an in-depth look at the design and operations of one such incubator, Building Pathways, a nonprofit that serves as the primary facility pipeline for Washington, D.C., charter schools, and provides insights and guidance to help other cities implement a similar program.
What if all teachers could achieve excellent student learning results by getting the right leadership and support? This guide presents examples of career paths that make this possible—using multi-school leaders, multi-classroom leaders, and other roles for teachers, who can collaborate, improve, and excel on teams led by multi-classroom leaders. Teachers and principals in all these paths reach more students with excellent teaching and earn more for it, within schools’ budgets.
Closing Achievement Gaps—In Diverse and Low-Poverty Schools
Report commissioned by Oak Foundation proposes a fresh, complete package of approaches to closing achievement gaps in diverse schools.