ERIC Number: ED467661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Stimulating the Supply and Building the Capacity of New Schools and School Developers: Recommendations for the Design and Implementation of a New Schools Incubator.
This report examines the viability of creating a new-schools incubator and identifies appropriate incubator services. A new-schools incubator, an entirely new organization designed to provide expertise and support to school founders during their planning process, may meet the needs of school founders facing the challenges of planning effective new schools. The report details the growing need for new schools, the challenges to school startup, and the theory behind incubation. In addition, it provides lessons learned from interviews with business incubator directors relevant to the design and planning for a schools incubator. Sections II and III establish the rationale for a schools incubator. The report utilizes school-enrollment projections and data from existing school-reform initiatives to demonstrate the growing need for new schools. It also describes the challenges for new-school startups based on interviews with school founders. These challenges include the lack of access to resources and technical expertise and a shortage of startup financing. Sections IV and V propose implications and recommendations for structuring a schools incubator, paying close attention to how business incubators work. The report closes with recommendations for the ways school-incubator developers can ensure the viability of a new-schools incubator. (RJM)
Descriptors: Educational Development, Educational Facilities, Educational Facilities Planning, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, School Construction
Center on Reinventing Public Education, Daniel J. Evans Schools of Public Affairs, University of Washington, Box 353060, Seattle, WA 98195-3060. Tel: 206-685-2214; Fax: 206-221-7402. For full text: http://www.crpe.org/Publications/downloads/awingerreport.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Center on Reinventing Public Education.