Resources & Research

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Guide to U.S. Department of Education Programs

This 2010 guide provides an overview of U.S. Department of Education programs and grants. It includes programs designed specifically for charter schools and notes charter schools' eligibility for other programs. Program descriptions, contact information, the size and number of grants offered, and other details are provided. The guide also outlines the Department's Charter Schools Program funding.

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Troops To Teachers, Data on Charter School Hires by State and Year

At least 385 military personnel who have participated in the Department of Defense’s Troops To Teachers (TTT) program have gone to jobs at charter schools, according to this data table provided in March 2011 to the National Charter School Resource Center by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), which oversees the program.

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Troops To Teachers, Employment Demographics Report

This Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) report reviews the demographics of Troops To Teachers (TTT), established in 1994 as a Department of Defense program.

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Achievement First: Developing A Teacher Performance Management System that Recognizes Excellence

This March 2011 report from The Aspen Institute Education & Society Program provides an extensive description of the Achievement First charter school network’s system for managing the performance of teachers.

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D.C. Charter Schools: Criteria for Awarding School Buildings to Charter Schools Need Additional Transparency

This March 2011 U.S. Government Accountability Office report focuses on the way Washington, D.C., officials handle offers from charter schools for surplus public school buildings and makes recommendations for improving transparency.

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Eight Elements of High School Improvement: A Mapping Framework

The Eight Elements of High School Improvement Framework from the National High School Center at American Institutes for Research provides a lens for mapping school, district, and state high school improvement efforts. This framework, updated from the original July 2008 version, incorporates new language and ideas from the U.S. Department of Education’s current education reform priorities.

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Toward the Structural Transformation of Schools: Innovations in Staffing

In an effort to harness opportunities for large-scale reform, this 2009 brief from Learning Point Associates calls for states to lead the structural transformation of schooling, beginning with revolutionizing how they think about, prepare, license, deploy, and support educators.

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Building Teacher Leaders

This online video workshop from the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium provides context for teacher leadership in schools and underscores the importance of teachers taking on leadership roles that are not necessarily administrative, such as advocacy for quality curriculum and mentoring peers. The workshop, presented by veteran educators, covers characteristics of successful teacher leaders, points out ways to recognize potential leaders, and discusses leadership styles and theories.

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Coaching Teachers to Be Leaders

This article from Education World answers some of the key questions in the field about how to cultivate and retain teacher leaders.

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Connections Academy Career Ladder Opportunities

This website explains the components and benefits of the career ladder program for teachers at Connections Academy schools, which is an online K-12 education program. Its schools include charter schools in locations around the country.