District-Charter Collaboration: A User's Guide

Mukta Pandit, Marina Walne, and Mina Kumar
6 Jul, 2015

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

❯ Identify and Articulate a Theory of Change

❯ Identify Desired Outcomes from the Start

❯ Create Conditions for Success

❯ Anticipate and Plan for Potential Challenges

❯ Go for a Quick Win Early to Energize the Collaboration

At the end of each section, we present a set of reflective questions we believe charter and district leaders should ask themselves to enable successful collaboration.