EdPlex was honored to design and facilitate the Deciding to Found a Public Charter School workshop for educators in Las Vegas, Nevada in partnership with the Nevada Department of Education. This workshop enabled veteran teachers and instructional leaders to discuss the opportunities and challenges inherent to founding a new public charter school. A group of aspiring school founders explored topics including:
- What level of experience does it take to found a charter school?
- What are the unique opportunities and challenges of founding a public charter school?
- How can I address challenges in the start-up process?
The Kickstart School Restart group concluded their year-long program of cohort-based learning in our host city of Oakland, California. EdPlex developed and facilitated the program content for all the cohort sessions, including the topics for this final session:
- Setting performance expectations for schools in turnaround or restart
- Creating ways to apply existing accountability frameworks to turnaround schools more flexibly
- Prioritizing student growth data in holding schools accountable
Many thanks to Katherine Upton and the folks at the Fordham Foundation for profiling the School Restart work in their recent blog. We are excited to see several authorizers already diving into the resources available at www.schoolrestarts.org
For authorizers and agencies who are interested in getting support for their work to authorize quality school restarts, consider submitting an application to participate in the grant funded program, Kickstart School Restart. To download the application document, click Kickstart School Restart RFP Application.
More information can be found at www.schoolrestarts.org
A school “restart” can bring dramatic improvements to a chronically low-performing district or charter school—if it’s done well. Like other school turnaround strategies, the success of restart depends not only on the capacity of the school operator but also the degree to which key decisions are made in collaborative dialogue with the community in the authorizing process.
To address the important role of the process itself, EdPlex and Public Impact have released the School Restart Authorization Process Guide and accompanying restart resource database that provides practical, step-by-step guidance about what authorizers, school operators, and support organizations should consider when designing or refining a restart process. Based on the restart experiences of authorizers, school operators, education support organizations, and community leaders nationwide, the guide provides nine steps to a smooth transition:
EdPlex was pleased to support the development of a unique learning opportunity for school districts in Colorado that are supporting schools in turnaround. The Turnaround Leadership Academy, sponsored by the Colorado Department of Education, was rolled out in the 2015-16 school year. Learn more here: