November 2020 Newsletter

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What's Happening

Charter Schools Among Those Highlighted for Best Practices Returning to School

The U.S. Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) is open for submissions of testimonials about safely getting students back to school. Congratulations to the following charter schools for being chosen by parents, teachers, and the community for their work in ensuring that students could return to school safely:

  • Academy of Arts & Knowledge (CO)
  • Wayman Academy (FL)
  • Bell Creek Academy (FL)
  • Western Academy Charter School (FL)
  • Wayman Academy (FL)
  • Sage International (ID)
  • Idaho Arts Charter School (ID)
  • Spectrum Charter School (PA)
  • Renaissance Charter School (FL)

Read their testimonials and submit your own at the OESE website.

 

Facilities Financing Opportunities

Looking for facilities assistance? If you work with a charter school and are looking for facilities assistance, you may be interested in contacting the current grantees under the Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities Program to determine if they are able to work with your charter school to secure financing. 

 

In Case You Missed It

The COVID-19 virus

Resources

Our COVID-19 Resource Directory is your continually updated resource for federal and state guidance for schools, students, and families. All free and accessible to the public.

Part 1 of NCSRC's newest report, Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools, is a breakthrough in school improvement. Read how to recognize signs of distress even in unique school contexts.

CSP Director Hinton's Introduction

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The previous Charter Connection opened with the first letter from Anna Hinton, PhD, Director of the Charter School Programs.

Click here to read Dr. Hinton's words on how "the current CSP division will be reimagined, expanding upon what has worked well, and addressing what has not."

Questions or feedback? We’re here to help.

 

New Resources

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The State of Charter Facilities

In NCSRC's extensive new review of existing literature, we identify the four key findings relevant to the current state of charter school facilities. Read them all and download the entire report on the NCSRC website.

Master Class in Leadership

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This three-part learning module features charter sector experts who provide real world applications on leading teams through change, maintaining a strategic focus, tracking success, and sustaining impact. 

Explore the module and download resources at the NCSRC website.

Need help on your leadership journey? Join us on Wednesday, November 18 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT to engage with the series author on your most pressing leadership challenges.

Improving English Learner Instruction

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A five-part learning experience that provides charter school leaders and directors of academic learning with an overview of EL instruction and available resources to support educating English learners in charter schools. 

Take the module and download resources at the NCSRC website.

 

Coming Up

It's not too late to register for our upcoming webinar, Indicators of Distress in Practice - A Workshop for Charter School Leaders and Board Members, being held Thursday, November 12 from 2-3:30 p.m. ET/11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PT.

School leaders and board members are invited to attend an interactive workshop on new research related to the indicators of distress observed in charter schools prior to failure, turnaround, or closure. Presenters will share findings including Part 1 of the new NCSRC study, Identifying Indicators of Distress.

Participants will walk away with strategies to recognize if their school is starting to exhibit signs of distress, and will have a chance to provide feedback to inform the next phase of this research with CMOs, independent charter schools, and boards.

 

Catch Up With NCHYF

Watch recordings and download resources from every NCSRC webinar at our website.

And if you're new to The Charter Connection, you can find all previous issues in the NCSRC Newsletter Archive.