ERIC Number: ED479075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-May
The New Schools Handbook: Strategic Advice for Successful School Start-Up in Partnership with School District Officials, Staff and Community Members.
Lake, Robin; Winger, Abigail; Petty, Jeff
This guide provides an overview of the school development process. It is intended for anyone starting a new school, whether it be a public, private, or charter school, but focuses on starting a school within the traditional school-district structure. Section 1, "Getting Started," discusses identifying the basis of legal authority; building a leadership team; defining the mission and objectives of the school; gauging the market; and dealing with the local school district and political structure. Section 2, "Creating a Plan," offers guidance on establishing educational credibility; establishing accountability and academic standards; determining financial feasibility; recruiting students; funding and paying for the building; understanding the regulatory environment; and creating policies and procedures. Section 3, "Opening Your School and Beyond," addresses hiring staff and maintaining cohesion; working with parents; developing governance and board relations; managing liability, insurance, and risk; and navigating the central office and resolving disputes. An appendix contains a list of online resources organized into three parts: education program design; school facilities operations; and charter-school resources. (WFA)
Descriptors: Accountability, Charter Schools, Educational Facilities, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Marketing of Education, Parent School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Personnel Needs, Private Schools, Public Schools, School Administration, School Community Relationship, School Construction, School District Reorganization, School Expansion, School Personnel, School Policy, Student Recruitment, Traditional Schools
Center on Reinventing Public Education, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, Box 353060, Seattle, WA 98195-3060. Tel: 206-685-2214; Fax: 206-221-7402; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.crpe.org/. For full text: http://www.crpe.org/pubs/pdf/report_handbookweb.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Center on Reinventing Public Education.
Note: Support also provided by the Atlantic Philanthropies.