Board Governance

As the school’s governing body, the board of trustees is legally responsible for the academic, financial, and operational quality of the charter school. Given the centrality of autonomy to charter schools, the board is integral to the proper oversight of schools. The National Charter School Resource Center leverages the existing body of knowledge to offer best practices and tools to enable charter schools to establish and maintain an effective board.

Featured Board Governance Resources

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“A Synthesis of Research on Charter School Facilities” examines the…
Reports | 06 Oct, 2020
Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools
Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools Part 1: The Role and Perspective of Charter School Authorizers
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Indicators of Distress and What They Mean in the Charter Sector: A Webinar for Charter Sector Stakeholders Introducing…
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The Death Spiral: Identifying Early Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools (A Conversation with Authorizers)

All Board Governance Resources

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What’s the Board Got to Do With It? The Role of the Charter School Board in Monitoring School Performance Toolkits02 Aug, 2022 Charter school governing boards are critical to the success of a charter school or Charter Management Organization (CMO). “What’s the Board Got to Do With It: The Role of the Charter School… Read more
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When Your Reputation Precedes You Webinar01 Feb, 2022 to 01 Feb, 2022 NCSRC hosted an interactive webinar, titled “When Your Reputation Precedes You,” to help charter school leaders identify issues regarding their school’s reputation and how failing to… Read more
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Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools: A School Leader and Board Member Master Class Learning Module Introduction As a school leader or board member, your goal is to provide students attending your charter school with a well-rounded and high-quality education while positioning your school… Read more
Bright clouds with thtIdentifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools: An Authorizer Master Class
Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools: An Authorizer Master Class Learning Module Introduction Charter school authorizers are committed to fostering high-quality educational opportunities for all students. To fulfill this objective, it is imperative for authorizers to… Read more
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Preparing, Preventing, and Responding to Stave Off Distress in Charter Schools Webinar27 Oct, 2021 to 27 Oct, 2021 NCSRC hosted an interactive webinar to support charter school leaders and board members in applying the findings from the report Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools, Part… Read more
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Capacity-Building Guide for Founding Native American Charter Schools Toolkits07 Oct, 2021 Charter schools are a viable option for Native American tribal communities to engage in and support sovereignty and self-determination in education. The charter model affords the autonomy… Read more
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Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools, Part 2: The Roles and Perspectives of Charter School Leaders and Board Members Reports04 Oct, 2021 Although school failure and school improvement are complex challenges that look different in different contexts, patterns and trends associated with schools in distress are emerging. This… Read more
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Identifying Distress in Charter Schools: A Workshop for Authorizers and State Departments of Education Webinar17 Jun, 2021 to 17 Jun, 2021 NCSRC hosted an interactive workshop to support authorizers and state departments of education in using its Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools: Tools to Support… Read more
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Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools: Tools to Support Authorizer Data Collection Toolkits01 Jun, 2021 This toolkit is a self-guided resource for authorizers to identify indicators of distress, audit their current data collection methods for evaluating indicators of distress, and assess… Read more
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Introducing Charter School Governance: The Essential Guide ToolkitsBLUUM01 Oct, 2020 BLUUM has created a series of informative videos that provide a high-level overview of the responsibilities, opportunities and obligations of public charter school board members. Real-life… Read more