Resources & Research

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Public Accountability for Charter Schools

A new report on charter schools from Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) recommends changes to state charter legislation and charter authorizer standards that would reduce student inequities and achieve complete transparency and accountability to the communities served.  

Find the full report here.

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A Fresh Look at Diversity and Boards

This article, the first in a three-part series written by Jan Masaoka for Blue Avocado, takes a careful look at a diversity and nonprofit boards. Masaoka lays out the reasons in support of diversity as well as some practical advice, such as constructing diversity statement. A related article, "Recruiting for Board Diversity," offers practical tips for recruiting people 'unlike ourselves.'

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Sample Individual Trustee Appraisal

This sample individual trustee appraisal is provided by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm. The self-appraisal asks individuals to rate their own expectations and performance as a member of a charter school board. Reflective questions are provided at the end of the self-appraisal.

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Job Descriptions for Officers

These sample job descriptions for officers are provided by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm. Samples are available for board chair, vice chair, treasurer, and secretary positions.

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Board Committee Sample Job Descriptions

These sample board committee member job descriptions are provided by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm. Sample descriptions are provided for academic excellence, development, finance, and governance committees. 

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Charter School Board Member Job Descriptions

These sample board member job descriptions are provided by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm. In addition to the job descriptions, scroll down to view sample performance expectations and board member agreement samples. The documents are available for download as a PDF on the website.

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Board Effectiveness Quiz

This free online quiz, designed by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm, is also a self-assessment for individual board members to see their board's strengths and weaknesses. The quiz can also be taken by full boards as a group exercise.

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Creating an Effective Charter School Governing Board (Full Version)

This 2000 toolkit from the Charter Friends National Network outlines the steps required to create an effective governing board, including identifying and recruiting board members, training, governance structures and meetings, legal and financial responsibilities, and explorations of the board’s role in fundraising, parental involvement, and accountability. This is the full version of the toolkit. For the abridged version of this resource, please click HERE.

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Maximizing Effectiveness: Focusing the Microscope on Charter School Governance Boards

The National Resource Center on Charter School Finance & Governance makes a compelling case to focus on governing boards: most charter school closures are a result of challenges to finance and governance, not academic performance.  "Maximizing Effectiveness" provides a thorough yet concise review of charter school governing boards.  Topics covered include the role of a governing board, stages of board development, determining the right size of the board, composition of its members, orientation and training, and other relevant subject matter.
 

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Developing Training Programs for Charter School Governing Board Members: A Promising Practice Profile

Through examination of innovative practices in Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and Minnesota, this guide outlines essential elements in the development of a strong charter school governing board.