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ERIC Number: ED560172
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Touchstone Education: New Charter with Experienced Leader Learns from Extending Teachers' Reach. An Opportunity Culture Case Study
Barrett, Sharon Kebschull; Han, Jiye Grace
Public Impact
In 2012, Touchstone Education opened its first school, Merit Preparatory Charter School of Newark ("Merit Prep Newark"), in New Jersey, with 84 sixth-graders, 90 percent of whom are low-income, with most entering Merit Prep several years behind grade level. In reading and science, Merit Prep Newark has shown strong early results in its first year: In March 2013 tests, students already demonstrated two years of growth in reading and 1.25 years of growth in science, based on the Northwest Evaluation Association's Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. This is one in a series of case studies looking at how districts, charter schools, and other programs have begun using Opportunity Culture models or experimented with similar means of expanding teachers' impact on students and peer teachers. In "Touchstone Education: New Charter With Experienced Leader Learns From Extending Teachers' Reach," the authors take a first look at this small first-year school within a charter school organization that has big plans for growth, and see how it combined versions of two Opportunity Culture models: Multi-Classroom Leadership and a Time-Technology Swap for strong reading results. [This report was written with contributions from Joe Ableidinger, Bryan C. Hassel, and Emily Ayscue Hassel.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation
Authoring Institution: Public Impact
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey