Through the California Department of Education’s Public Charter Schools Grant Program, The Learning Collective has conducted external reviews of 80 charter schools, 16 of which were remote reviews during the COVID-19 pandemic. Going beyond the requirements by the California Department of Education, we have added a half-day strategic planning session which has proven to be invaluable to the schools. Watch these video testimonials from principals.

The Learning Collective’s external review process consists of a 2.5 day on-site (or remote) review; two days of information gathering (classroom observations with instructional leaders, administrator and teacher interviews, document review) and a 1/2 day strategic planning session (in which TLC presents the findings from the previous two days and a team from the school prioritizes next steps stemming from the findings). TLC then follows up the on-site visit with a written report (sent to the school) one week after the visit.

Since 2015, TLC conducted Public Charter Schools Grant Program external reviews at the following charter schools:

Of the 2.5 day review, our experience suggests principals and instructional leaders – as well teacher and other participants in the strategic planning session – find the strategic planning session to be the most beneficial element of the review. Each strategic planning session produces 1-2 SMART goals, with detailed action steps and timelines and individuals responsible for carrying out those action steps, that the school will meet in the subsequent 3-6 months.