Tackling the Serious Quality Challenge: Five Ways Authorizers Can Improve Chartered School Outcomes

 
Brian L. Carpenter

The intent of this paper is to contribute to the national dialogue for the purpose of improving charter quality. Though the recommendations provided here are aimed at charter authorizers, independent charter leaders can learn much about improving quality by understanding various factors authorizers and researchers have found to enhance school performance.
 
 
 

Caterpillars Into Butterflies: Transforming Charter School Boards Through Policy Governance

 
Brian L. Carpenter

This brief presents a summary of system for governing called Policy Governance. A charter school board should fulfill two broadly stated purposes within this system. The first is to ensure that the school is, in fact, accomplishing the outcomes for which it was chartered. The second is to ensure that nothing illegal, unethical, or imprudent is allowed to exist in the school.
 
 
 

Mastering Charter School Governance: Seven Fundamentals All Board Members Should Know and Be Able to Do

 
Brian L. Carpenter

This paper addresses the distinction between governance and management (an understanding of which is the first step to good governance) and explains governance fundamentals specific to charter schools. The brief guides school leaders through sets of questions board members should ask themselves to gauge performance of the school and the school board itself.
 
 
 

Confession of a Recovering School Leader: Five Slightly Unconventional Strategies to Prevent Your Job from Killing You

 
Brian L. Carpenter

This brief offers charter school leaders strategies that help with school management, and also support individual leadership style.
 
 
 

Five Reasons Why MOST Charter School Boards Are Ineffective--And What To Do About It

 
Brian L. Carpenter

The reasons for board ineffectiveness are easy to understand and not that difficult to correct. The recommendations outlined in this paper are really board fundamentals. Effective board governance is the very foundation of a school's success. By improving the board's performance, charter school leaders can directly impact raising school quality. This brief offers
 
 
 


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