ERIC Number: ED426137
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
If the Shoe Fits: A Guide for Charter Schools Thinking about Adopting a Comprehensive School Design. Second Edition.
Hassel, Bryan; Hassel, Emily
This guide is intended to help current and prospective charter school leaders decide whether and how to work with pre-existing "whole school designs." Such school designs range from those that cover one core element of school operations to designs covering almost every aspect of school operations. The guide contains initial information for schools to consider about the content of 26 comprehensive school designs (listed in Appendix A). It does not advocate any particular type of design, but rather aims to help charter school founders and operators assess the fit between their school and pre-existing designs. If the school finds that a particular design is a good fit, the guide will also help the charter school negotiate a mutually beneficial relationship between school leaders and the design group. The benefits and challenges of adopting a comprehensive school design are discussed with reference to curriculum and classroom instruction, administration, parent and community relationships, financial viability, and standards and assessment. Ideas are also given for finding the right design and making it work. Four appendixes contain descriptions of comprehensive programs, a description of a funding program, sample worksheets for design comparisons, and a list of six sources of additional information. (SLD)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Integrated Activities, Partnerships in Education, Program Descriptions, School Choice, School Restructuring
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Charter Friends National Network, St. Paul, MN.