Resources & Research

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2010 National Charter School Facilities Institute: Keynote Address, Scott Pearson, U.S. Department of Education

Thank you, and welcome to the US Department of Education’s Charter Schools Facilities Institute. My name is Scott Pearson. I oversee the charter schools program for the US Department of Education and am the deputy in our Office of Innovation and Improvement, where the charter schools program lives. I think that speaks volumes about how we think about charter schools.  Innovation and Improvement.

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Resource Center 2010 Facilities Institute: Self-Help Presentation on Assessing Charter School Performance

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This presentation by the non-profit community lender Self-Help describes tools to predict and monitor the academic and fiscal performance of charter schools. 

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Resource Center 2010 Facilities Institute: National Finance Landscape

Lunch presentation at the 2010 National Charter School Facilities Institute in Chicago summarizing the 2010 Charter School Facility Finance Landscape report, which was prepared by LISC's Educational Facilities Financing Center. Read the full report. View the webinar of the presentation.

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Resource Center 2010 Facilities Institute: Mixed-Use Facilities

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Presentation by Civic Builders at the 2010 National Charter Schools Facilities Institute in Chicago. The presentation covered opportunities for charter schools to share space with community organizations or low-income housing units to improve educational options for students and contribute to the revitalization of underserved communities. View the webinar and related resources.

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Resource Center 2010 Facilities Institute: Fundraising and Politics

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Presentation by Allison Fansler at the 2010 National Charter School Facilities Institute in Chicago on fundraising sources, generating support from key stakeholders, and best practices to transform your vision of your charter school facility into a reality. View the webinar and related resources.

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Resource Center 2010 Facilities Institute: Predevelopment

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Presentation by Suzanne Keech at the 2010 National Charter School Facilities Institute in Chicago on the predevelopment process, including how to decide whether to own or lease, how to build a team of professionals, select a site, and conduct a feasibility analysis. View the webinar and related resources.

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Resource Center 2010 Facilities Institute: Construction Planning and Management

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Presentation by Tanya Vartivarian at the 2010 National Charter School Center Facilities Institute in Chicago that delves into the construction planning and management process to better understand the roles and responsibilities of team members, the preparation and evaluation of bids, and what to expect during different phases of construction projects. View the webinar and related resources.

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Resource Center 2010 Facilities Institute: Financing 101

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Presentation by Annie Donovan at the 2010 National Charter School Facilities Institute in Chicago that explores options for financing charter school facilities by learning more about loan types, the loan process, and challenges for underwriting charters. View the webinar and related resources.

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Resource Center 2010 Facilities Institute: Educational Facilities Planning

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Presentation by 21st Century School Fund Executive Director Mary Filardo at the National Charter School Center 2010 Facilities Institute in Chicago about how to assess your facilities needs, align them with your educational vision, conduct an initial feasibility study, and develop short- and long-term educational facilities plans. View the webinar and related resources.

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Resource Center 2010 Facilities Institute: Short-Term Options

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Presentation by Dan Alexander at the 2010 National Charter School Facilities Institute in Chicago covering options for short-term space for your new charter school, assessing alternatives, and then determining what you need and what you can afford. View the webinar and related resources.