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Hassel, Emily Ayscue; Hassel, Bryan C.; Dean, Stephanie; Welcher, Alison Harris; Barrett, Sharon Kebschull – Public Impact, 2021
In the wake of COVID-19, the U.S. pre-K-12 education system needs more than a refresh. Based on the success and popularity of the Opportunity Culture model, in this brief Public Impact recommends the means to bring critical, effective instructional and emotional supports to millions of teachers and their students--for a price tag the country can…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Elementary Secondary Education, Preschool Education
Boast, Lyria; Clifford, Beth; Doyle, Daniela – Public Impact, 2020
Almost immediately after schools closed due to the coronavirus outbreak in spring 2020, we began to see anecdotal evidence that charter schools were reacting quickly and serving students well. This paper offers evidence that smaller networks and schools that represent over 65% of the charter school landscape were able to respond quickly and take…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Closing, COVID-19, Pandemics
Public Impact, 2020
As students and teachers shift to working from home, many district policies need to shift as well. Our new publication, "Recommended District Policies for At-Home Teaching and Learning," provides recommendations with a focus on: What policies are both feasible and most likely to produce strong learning outcomes for all students,…
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Educational Policy, School Policy, School Districts
Doyle, Daniela; Hernandez-Cruz, Ismael – Public Impact, 2019
As districts across the country search for ways to turn around their lowest-performing schools, a growing number are partnering with external providers--often charter operators--to implement "restarts." These providers receive operational autonomy and bring their own approach to schooling, positioning them to implement deep and…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, School Districts, Public Schools, Charter Schools
Conrad Fisher, Julia; Doyle, Daniela – Public Impact, 2019
While the charter sector has much to celebrate, the country can do more to put great schools--including excellent charters--within reach for our most vulnerable students. Students with disabilities represent one such group. The best solutions start by partnering with the parent groups that advocate for students with disabilities, and have been…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Parent Role, Partnerships in Education, Students with Disabilities
Field, Tim; Smith, Troy – Public Impact, 2019
Facilities access is arguably the largest and most persistent challenge facing new and expanding charter schools. Creating a charter facility "incubator" can help solve this challenge. This case study provides an in-depth look at the design and operations of one such incubator, "Building Pathways," a nonprofit that serves as…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Innovation, Educational Facilities, Educational Facilities Improvement
Hassel, Emily Ayscue; Hassel, Bryan C. – Public Impact, 2019
How could far more children ages 0-5 who are in early childhood education and care settings have consistent access to excellent teaching? In these critical developmental years, young children--especially those who have fewer educational and developmental advantages outside of formal settings--need "excellent teaching every year" to…
Descriptors: Young Children, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Preschool Education
Kim, Juli; Doyle, Daniela – Public Impact, 2019
In 2011, some of Charlotte's leading private and corporate foundations formed a partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to implement innovative school turnaround interventions affecting use of talent, time, and technology, and engaging parents and communities at West Charlotte High School and its feeder elementary and middle schools. In…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Partnerships in Education, Philanthropic Foundations, Public Sector
Doyle, Daniela; Hernandez-Cruz, Ismael – Public Impact, 2019
When the first virtual school began more than 20 years ago, it offered an incredible promise: Suddenly, students could get access to a great education and a diversity of courses regardless of place or time. They could have flexibility to "attend" school around medical appointments, sports practices, or whatever else life threw at them.…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Virtual Classrooms, Online Courses
Doyle, Daniela; Kim, Juli; Hernandez-Cruz, Ismael – Public Impact, 2019
This is the third and last paper in a series published by the National Alliance in partnership with Public Impact, highlighting the experiences of school leaders in charter schools across the country. While the impact school leaders have on student performance has been well documented, there has been little attention to how leaders' experiences…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Administration, Minority Groups, African Americans
Kim, Juli; Field, Tim; Hassel, Bryan C. – Public Impact, 2019
Across the United States, a movement to create a new kind of public school--"autonomous district schools"--is giving districts the freedoms charter schools receive. Like charter schools, autonomous district schools are freed from innovation-inhibiting state and district policies, allowing talented educators to make academic and…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Public Schools, Educational Quality, Educational Improvement
Dean, Stephanie – Public Impact, 2019
Data about the teaching profession in Indiana make clear the potential for a full-blown public crisis unless policymakers take decisive action this year. Indiana teacher pay dropped 15 percent between 2000 and 2017 when adjusted for inflation, moving from $59,986 to $50,554--and Indiana teachers earn 17 percent less than college graduates in other…
Descriptors: Teaching Conditions, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Education, Faculty Development
Doyle, Daniela; Kim, Juli – Public Impact, 2019
The first IDEA Public Schools' campus opened in 2000, just miles from the US-Mexico border in Donna, Texas. Fast-forward nearly two decades, and 79 IDEA public charter schools serve approximately 45,000 students across six regions, and those students consistently outperform their peers statewide on a range of metrics from proficiency to graduation…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Charter Schools, Educational Development, School Districts
Public Impact, 2019
Multi-Classroom Leadership is the cornerstone of an Opportunity Culture. Teachers with a record of high-growth student learning and leadership competencies, known as multi-classroom leaders or MCLs, teach part of the time and lead small, collaborative teams of two to eight teachers in the same grade or subject to meet each MCL's standards of…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Standards, Teacher Leadership, Teacher Collaboration
Kim, Juli; Hargrave, Elaine; Brooks-Uy, Veronica – Public Impact, 2018
In 2007, civic and philanthropic leaders founded the nonprofit Partnership for Los Angeles Schools to transform some of the city's highest-need, lowest-performing schools. Eleven years later, schools in the Partnership network have made notable improvements, with much more substantial gains in student performance relative to other schools in the…
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Educational Change, School Districts, School Turnaround
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