Education is transformative and improving every day
Here’s something we know about education: It’s transformative and improving every day. That’s why our team at the National Charter Schools Institute is hopeful for the future. And it’s why you should be too.
Far too often we only hear about what’s wrong. We see headlines about bad actors putting their interests ahead of students, taxpayers and the public good. And we read stories that leave us shaking our heads. What we don’t see though, are the untold stories of everyday heroes.
Our team at the Institute goes beyond the headlines. We love being on the frontlines with the doers. We love helping people achieve more than they thought was possible. We love supporting people and equipping them with the ideas and tools they need to democratize excellence in education. And we’re proud to report that our efforts are making a difference.
We hope these stories inspire you, just as they inspire us, to look beyond the headlines, be optimistic about the future, and know that our collective efforts are making a difference for our kids and our country!
Shining Bright for Kids
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” DR. SEUSS
FRIENDS & COLLEAGUES:
We believe greatness lies within each person. We love people and are passionate about helping them grow and discover their gifts.
This is one reason why we are fans of the award-winning book by Dr. Todd Rose, The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness. It’s full of insightful stories and profound truths like, “The hardest part of learning something new is not embracing new ideas, but letting go of old ones.”
At the National Charter Schools Institute, our goal is to spread what works and help people let go of the things that do not. We’ve come to see how “demanding accountability” is sometimes counterproductive to achieving excellence and fostering the kinds of schools we want and need. Thanks to Dr. Rose, we better understand the implications of “when you design for the average, you design for no one.”
As we move forward, we are going to do even more to advance excellence and inspire, equip, and support people and organizations to achieve breakthrough performance.
Please know our team is ever grateful for your continued support and encouragement. Together, we are making a dierence for our kids and our country!
With best wishes,
W. Sidney ("Sid") Smith, Board Chair, and James N. Goenner, Ph.D., President & CEO
Our National Impact
Our core purpose is to inspire and democratize excellence in education. We want all students to have the opportunity to discover their gifts and experience the joy of learning. That’s why we are so passionate about our mission.
Through our hands-on coaching and consulting work, we are able to share powerful ideas, strategies, tactics and tools that people can put into action. Our work has taken us across the nation - from Washington D.C. to Wisconsin to Hawaii and from Florida to the State of Washington.
And wherever we go, we never miss an opportunity to educate and remind people that “chartering” is fundamentally about reimagining and redesigning public education so it works better for our kids and our country.
“The Institute has proven to be a knowledgable and trusted partner for our own organization as well as for the schools throughout the state. They truly get the authorizer-board-school relationship and go the extra mile to help achieve our goals.”
SARAH HACKETT | Director | Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools
GOVERNING FOR GREATNESS
Governing boards play a vital role in the success and sustainability of charter schools. They serve as guardians of the public trust, which is a big responsibility.
We know board members freely give their time and talents. And we want everyone who serves to have a meaningful and rewarding experience. That’s why we specialize in helping boards effectively govern and win for kids.
Our newest book, Leading for Greatness, will be released this fall. It will provide school leaders and board members with a roadmap for modeling excellence and creating a win-win working relationship.
“Boards that govern for greatness ask wise questions and measure things that truly matter.”
MARK WEINBERG | Vice President for Leadership & Learning | National Charter Schools Institute
“Engaging the Institute to facilitate our Board’s strategic planning process was a great decision. They helped us confront issues, gave us honest and candid feedback, and helped us unify as a team.”
ANDY ALT | Board President | West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics
To order a copy of our newest book, Leading for Greatness, visit www.CharterInstitute.org/books-publications.
We want all kids to DREAM BIG! And we want them prepared to go achieve their dreams. That’s why we annually sponsor art and essay contests, so students can practice sharing their gifts and telling their stories. Honoring and showcasing their work always brings us great joy! Visit Essay Contest | Art Contest to view the complete collection of winning artwork and essays.