Throughout the year, the Office of Charter Schools will take an in-depth look at "best practices" that are being implemented daily by the teachers and leaders of North Carolina charter schools. These practices will be disseminated in articles that will enable current and future North Carolina public educators to learn how colleagues are reaching new heights in academic achievement.
Student Attrition (March 2013)
A recent study by the NC Office of Charter Schools found that pupil attrition can lead to financial deficiencies and low performing academic results in public charter schools. Investigating the causes of pupil attrition has the potential to renovate the methods public charter school leaders use to design school improvement initiatives in the charter school they lead. This article highlights school improvement initiatives that have been embedded into the daily culture in current North Carolina public charter schools with minimal pupil attrition rates resulting in sustained academic excellence.
Governance (November 2012)
The role of the public charter school board is paramount to the future of the charter movement. Serving on a charter school board is no small task because every decision, in some manner, affects children. The information included in this article is to improve the governance practices of charter school boards by disseminating effective elements and features of a high functioning North Carolina public charter school board.
Community School of Davidson: A School of Relationships (June 2012)
Community School of Davidson (CSD) is a public charter school located in Davidson, North Carolina serving over 1,000 students in grades K-10 in 2012-2012. The school's goal is to ensure that the learning organization operates like a community that becomes a part of the students' lives. Needless to say, CSD lives its relationship-oriented mission. This article highlights school improvement initiatives that are embedded into the daily culture at CSD to promote engaging relationships between students and staff.
The Characteristics That Sustain "High Growth" Public Charter Schools (April 2012)
Twelve North Carolina public charter schools from five different regions participated in a qualitative case study to determine how these public charter schools are sustaining a high level of academic growth according to the North Carolina End of Grade and End of Course Assessments. The article provides a deeper look at the major themes that emerged from the data, and the school improvement initiatives that have produced a sustainable and highly effective learning environment for all of their students.