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Targeted Supports for Developing Charter Schools
Targeted Supports in the Developing Year(s) (Building your steering committee, early community outreach, application development):
  • Face to face/phone meetings with developer/team to discuss authorizer landscape, statutory requirements, application process, resources, etc.
  • Planning timeline documents, model and sample application sections, budget templates and other resources
  • Ongoing technical support as needed
  • Planning grants designed to significantly contribute to the actual charter application
  • Extensive two-stage application review with verbal and written feedback
  • Mock interview with verbal and written feedback
  • Fiscal sponsor services
  • Calendar of critical trainings and events
  • Developing groups section in monthly newsletter
Targeted Supports in Year-0 (Post Application Approval through Opening):
  • Readiness checklist, purchasing calendars, sample contract language, etc.
  • Access to the League’s online charter school job board
  • Listing your school on the League website
  • Calendar of critical trainings and events
  • Brokering connections and collaborations
  • Face to face meetings as needed 

Onboarding your New Charter School - A League Training for Newly Approved Schools: 

  • Establishing Qualified and Capable Leadership
  • Implementing Sound Operations
  • Foundations for Functional Governance
  • Unpacking your Application to Ensure Effective Academics and Instruction and a Robust Performance Management Plan
  • Setting a Clear,  Mission-Driven Culture
  • Meet the League: A League Services Overview and Staff Introduction

This training occurs annually in the fall. Please check with Lori Ventimiglia for details and registration information.

Targeted Supports in Year-1 (Opening Through End of Year):
  • Connection point to other League staff/departments
  • Document reviews: board agendas and minutes, financial transparency posts, etc.
  • Model documents  
  • Calendar of critical trainings and events: governance, finance, RtI, data teams, UIP,  SPF, assessments, etc.
  • Critical connections: administrator, board and business manager cohorts, etc.
  • Readiness checklist review 

Year-One Spring Visit - The Culmination of the League's Targeted New School Supports:  

At the end of Year-1, League staff will offer a free visit to your school to conduct a friendly review of critical documents; observe classes and meet with school leadership, teachers, parents, students and board members. Verbal and written feedback will be provided following the visit.  For recipients of the CSP grant, this visit will help prepare for the required CSSI visit in the following year. The League’s Year-One Spring Visit was developed to closely align with the CSSI visit which was created to ensure that schools set a course for self-improvement in the early years. The Year-One Spring Visit is a valuable process to undergo whether or not you are a CSP grant recipient.

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