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Welcome to Edutopia's Groups! Please introduce yourself to the community. Best, C

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Laurie Bender's picture
Laurie Bender
7th/8th Math Teacher Parker, CO

I teach 7th and 8th grade math at a public K-8 Core Knowledge charter school in Parker, CO. I began my career as a mechanical engineer (CAD/CAM), spent time in customer support and as a technical writer. All of the skills I learned in my career (plus being a mom of 3 kids) has helped me become a better teacher. I love math and love teaching it! I am thankful for my charter school, which supported me as I began my career transition to teaching. Our charter school is 16 years old with a very lengthy waiting list and, I believe, and excellent program for all grade levels.

Chad Sansing's picture
Chad Sansing
Charter school humanities teacher for non-traditional middle grade learners

Greetings, All - thank you for sharing your roles and experiences with us!

Mark - How can I find out more about Charter Starters Inc.? With Virginia's tight charter laws, there's a real need for expertise in how to begin here.

Christine - It's certainly very difficult to launch a school without a shared vision or unity of purpose. Based on your experience, what advice would you offer teachers and administrators in start-up charter schools?

Laurie -I love learning about the successes of established charter schools. To what do you attribute your school's longevity and appeal? How did it get off the ground and build its reputation?

I can't wait to hear more from all of you -

All the best,
C

Mark Hazelton's picture

The website for Charter Starters Inc. is:

http://www.charter-starters.com/

I do think having expertise on your project can help you miss some of the big bumps. We're committed to building vital organizational cultures characterized by a common educational vision and good working relationships. We lay the foundations for charter school success by helping our clients develop effective communication skills, comprehensive planning, and strong administrative capabilities.

Chad Sansing's picture
Chad Sansing
Charter school humanities teacher for non-traditional middle grade learners

Vision & relationships - definitely key.

I like the organization's awareness of - and support for - different stages of a charter's life cycle.

Have a great weekend -
C

Barbara Ruiz's picture
Barbara Ruiz
Title I Instructional Coordinator, Albuquerque Public School District

Hello! I work with our department's Charter School Resource Teacher to provide technical support and monitoring to the Albuquerque Public School District's Charter Schools. I have gained a great deal of respect for the work done in the Charters, especially in our Title I communities, where the challenges are great with low-income, ELL students, and often gang involvement.
I am interested in knowing more about the unique challenges of Charter schools and how some of those are being successfully overcome. I believe that all the students in our district are every educators' and we all need to be part of their academic, emotional and social success.
Thanks for the venue to meet up with others!
Barbara

Chad Sansing's picture
Chad Sansing
Charter school humanities teacher for non-traditional middle grade learners

It's great to hear from you about your work supporting charter schools. What kind of model does the school that you support use? Is there a URL for the school? I would love to learn more about Title I charters.

I'll start a discussion, as well, about the unique challenges and obstacles faced by charters.

All the best,
C

LPS's picture
LPS
Cross Categorical/self-contained - Teacher

[quote]The website for Charter Starters Inc. is:http://www.charter-starters.com/I do think having expertise on your project can help you miss some of the big bumps. We're committed to building vital organizational cultures characterized by a common educational vision and good working relationships. We lay the foundations for charter school success by helping our clients develop effective communication skills, comprehensive planning, and strong administrative capabilities.[/quote]

Mark, I am very interested in at least chatting with you. AZ as you may know is down at the bottom of the list for acheivement and many of our schools are failing AYP or under performing. I am a SPED teacher and am seeing a significant need to provide a range of services that include "typical" peers. I have a draft proposal and am currently frustrated with how to get community/district support. I do not have any capitol to invest or nest egg, only a vision and a desire to see students succeed. I will call this weekend and leave a message, since I am teaching FT it can be a little crazy for me during the week.

Barbara Ruiz's picture
Barbara Ruiz
Title I Instructional Coordinator, Albuquerque Public School District

Hi again, Mark and all. I actually work with several Charter schools in the Albuquerque Public School District. We have 15 Title I Charters within our District this year. Each one is unique in the students served and the curriculum provided. Most, of course, are high schools, many are bilingual or dual-language schools, and some are trades schools. Some of them have links from the main APS website, which is www.aps.edu, but there is contact information for all of them, including the non-Title I schools there as well.
I am interested in hearing about best practices in Charters who are succeeding in making progress in student achievement, whether they meet AYP or not. Any ideas that I can share with the schools here would be appreciated.
Barbara

TK's picture

I am interested in learning more about Charter schools and looking for one in my area, Rancho Cordova, CA (95827). I have a very bright daughter in the 4th grade; however, her test score do not reflect her intellect. I volunteer at her school weekly and am amazed by the 32 to 1 student/teacher ratio. A co-worker from anther state recommended that I put her in a Charter school, but I am having trouble locaing one in my area. Any suggestions out there?

I appreciate any information - TK

Chad Sansing's picture
Chad Sansing
Charter school humanities teacher for non-traditional middle grade learners

TK, I ran a quick Google search on "charter schools rancho cordova" and got back this link for an elementary school.

http://www.goldenvalleycharterschool.com/

Here is the CA Charter Schools Association website

http://www.myschool.org/AM/ContentManagerNet/HTMLDisplay.aspx?ContentID=...

Here is the CA state charter school locator website

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/si/cs/

My best advice would be to find a school that matches your daughter's interests in learning. I wish you luck in your search and hope you find a school that fits your daughter's wants and needs!

Let me know if I can be of further help.

All the best,
C

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