And the Fretting Begins…Making Summer PD Last All Year

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We have concluded almost five weeks of professional development which included a year-long staff development plan that builds on the foundation of adult learning from the summer. As mentioned in my earlier blogs, we took a very systematic approach to building our plan for staff: begin with the analysis of data using the TERC framework,… Read more »

Increasing Rates of Promotion and Graduation at Codman Academy

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As a teacher and administrator at an urban charter school, my work – getting kids to complete a well-researched essay, helping them move on to the next grade, getting them ready for college – has always seemed urgent, and the challenges are almost always on my mind. They were on my mind one day last… Read more »

How to Keep Great Teachers at Your Charter School

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Connectedness to the learning community, excitement about what each new school day can bring, positive relationships with role models, consistent performance, a commitment to come back next year… these are some of the outcomes independent charter schools hope to elicit for kids in their schools. With a rate of 25% teacher turnover (compared to 14%… Read more »