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ERIC Number: ED559763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
The Best of Both Worlds: School District-Charter Sector Boundary Spanners
Yatsko, Sarah; Bruns, Angela
Center on Reinventing Public Education
A growing number of school districts are moving away from the idea that charter schools are the enemy. Instead, districts are breaking down barriers and openly discussing how to share resources, responsibilities, and knowledge of what works. This report explores a lesser-known form of knowledge transfer: the practice of superintendents looking beyond the usual candidate pool and hiring administrators who have seen strong successes in the charter sector. Through interviews with superintendents, the "boundary spanners" they hire, and those who work with them, we explore the impact these boundary spanners are having not only on cross-sector collaboration, but on the way a district manages its schools. If, as originally conceived, charter schools are laboratories of innovation and practice, then hiring top administrative talent from the charter sector may be one creative and efficient way to bring innovation into traditional school districts and meaningfully bridge the divide between the two sectors.
Center on Reinventing Public Education. University of Washington Bothell Box 358200, Seattle, WA 98195. Tel: 206-685-2214; Fax: 206-221-7402; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE)
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Georgia; New Mexico; Texas; Washington