How the League’s School Services team is supporting charter schools across the spectrum
Thursday, April 11, 2019
by Teresa Tate
VP of School Services
The School Services team at the League actively works to support schools in their day-to-day execution of business and academic functions. This can include support with their Unified Improvement Planning (UIP), instructional delivery, school culture, HR practices, financial management and board leadership. We start by reviewing schools with low academic results over a period of three or more years, per their School Performance Framework (SPF). This includes not only test results but enrollment factors, which is an indicator of school-based “customer satisfaction.”
The League reaches out to these schools, offering support in a variety of areas. Most schools benefit from a comprehensive data assessment beyond the SPF. Some examples include: Charter School Support Initiative (CSSI) visit results, independent site visits, classroom observations, review of leader and staff turnover data, and observing systems and structures currently in place. Receiving an independent review of these data points often leads to clearly defining areas for improvement. The League then offers a variety of supports for making progress depending on school needs. The resources can range from sharing of sample documents to a full year-long consulting agreement with the League to support change directly on campus and everything in between.
As we all know, test scores are not the only way to measure a quality school. So, while supporting schools to improve performance, we are also looking at ways to measure school performance in a more well-rounded way. Possible measures include staff and student retention, days cash on hand, or compliance with accountability requirements to name only a few.
Additionally, the League supports schools through crises. The causes of crises are numerous including academic results, staff turnover, governance challenges, financial difficulties and many more. Regardless of the type of crisis your school may be experiencing, the League can engage at a variety of levels (light consultation to full engagement) or in specific areas such as public relations, family communications, governance evaluation or training to name a few. Please call or email to find out more.
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