Resources & Research

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District-Charter Collaboration: A User's Guide

This paper is intended for use by district and charter representatives interested in establishing a new collaboration or in increasing the effectiveness of an existing collaboration. The paper presents our methodology, an overview of the nature of district-charter collaborations, and a framework based on lessons learned from leaders involved in various capacities over the last fifteen years of these efforts.

The framework focuses on six factors critical to enabling a successful collaboration:

❯ Identify the Motivations for a District-Charter Collaboration

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Student Achievement in Charter Schools: What the Research Shows

The charter sector has grown dramatically since its beginnings in Minnesota almost a quarter of a century ago. Today, an estimated 2.5 million children attend approximately 6,400 charter schools across the country, and all but 8 states have charter laws in place. The expansion of the sector has been accompanied by an increase in public commentary about charter schools’ impact on student achievement.

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Is the Quality of Charter School Facilities Related to Student Performance?

 

This report details the effects of facilities in charters' student performance.

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El Sol Multimedia Case Study

The mission of El Sol Science and Arts Academy (El Sol) is to provide a rigorous academic environment that prepares students for entrance into a college preparatory track at the high school of their choice and to create a culture of kindness, creativity, courage, and honesty that will permit our graduates to assume leadership roles in the 21st Century.

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Charter Schools and Military Communities: A Toolkit

Charter Schools and Military Communities: A Toolkit features information on charter schools serving the needs of military families and tools to help additional military communities strengthen their local school options with new charter schools.

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Legal Guidelines For Educating English Learners In Charter Schools

Legal Guidelines For Educating English Learners In Charter Schools

This report, authored by Safal Partners and Public Impact, investigates the legal parameters that charter schools need to be aware of as they attempt to serve the needs of ELs. Specific areas explored by the paper include:

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Engaging English Learner Families In Charter Schools

English Learner (EL) students are the fastest growing demographic group among school children in the United States, with the number of ELs in K-12 public schools increasing by about 14% from 2002-03 to 2010-11. Research and practice suggest that greater family engagement with schools can be a critical lever for ensuring the academic success of these students.  Meeting the needs of the rapidly increasing EL population presents a challenge for all public schools, including charter schools.

Engaging English Learner Families In Charter Schools

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Authorizer SPED Rubric for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) - Word Version

This rubric for LEAs was developed by Lauren Rhim and Paul O’Neil for authorizers to build their capacity to support development and maintenance of high-quality special education programs.

For the PDF version of the toolkit, please go here.

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Authorizer SPED Rubric for Non-Local Education Agencies (Non-LEAs) - Word Version

This rubric for NON-LEAs was developed by Lauren Rhim and Paul O’Neil for authorizers to build their capacity to support development and maintenance of high-quality special education programs.

For the PDF version of the toolkit, please go here.

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Authorizer SPED Rubric for Non-Local Education Agencies (Non-LEAs)

This rubric for NON-LEAs was developed by Lauren Rhim and Paul O’Neil for authorizers to build their caacity to support development and maintenance of high-quality special education programs.

For the Word version of this resource, go here.