The Learning Collective has evaluated over 100 charter school applications in states across the country. These are three areas in which many applicants need to improve:
Through the California Department of Education’s Public Charter Schools Grant Program, The Learning Collective has conducted external reviews of 60 charter schools. 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.
In 2018 and 2019, The Learning Collective partnered with Discovery Charter School (DCS) on a couple projects. We developed a three-year academic plan, beginning in the 2018-19 school year, and evaluated the extent to which that plan was implemented during the course of the plan’s first year. In the summer of 2019 we then worked with the board, school leaders and teachers to develop a multi-year strategic plan.
For the past few months, The Learning Collective has been actively participating on the National Coordinating Committee to create the Coalition of Public Independent Charter Schools (CPICS). CPICS is focused on shaping practices, informing policies and increasing collaboration of independent charter schools across the country!
The Learning Collective has noticed that in these and other blended learning schools there are two areas that tend to get left behind: writing and discourse.
The Learning Collective recently attended two annual conferences: NACSA / National Association of Charter School Authorizers and iNACOL / International Association for K-12 Online Learning. Keeping the list to just 10 proved too difficult so here are the top 20 takeaways from those conferences:
The Learning Collective has presented at a couple conferences this spring. Specifically, we’ve presented about blended learning at the inaugural, national Online Education Symposium for Independent Schools (OESIS) and at the California Charter Schools Association’s (CCSA) 20th Annual Conference.
The Indiana Charter School Board and the Nevada Public Charter School Authority have hired The Learning Collective to evaluate applications for prospective blended learning charter schools. We anticipate an increasing move to blended learning at charter schools, facilitated by initiatives like the US Department of Education’s Personalized Learning Race to the Top fund and companies like Junyo.