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  • Let’s Do the Numbers: Seven Practices for Sound Fiscal Management of Charter Schools

    By Brian L. Carpenter

    School leaders and board members sometimes shy away from the business aspect of education. This must be remedied, since charter school boards owe it to the public to implement good internal controls, proper financial reporting, and other oversight practices.

    This paper discusses several ways to set up and monitor such fiscal controls and additional financial procedures.

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  • The Five Dysfunctions of Charter School Boards

    by Brian L. Carpenter, PhD

    After more than twenty years of membership on various boards, the author concludes that boards have similar dysfunctions. This paper is meant to improve the performance of charter schools by helping board members understand and remedy these dysfunctions. The paper also aims to ignite a passion in charter school board members to turn their boards into models worthy of imitation.

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  • The Seven Absolutely Universal, Non‐Negotiable, Unchanging Principles of Good Charter School Governance

    by Brian L. Carpenter, PhD

    No charter school board would hire a CEO who regarded his or her own professional development as optional. Yet how many charter school board members have worked to develop their own governance capacity? The result is observable in many places: charter school boards that interfere with management, waste taxpayer dollars, and fail to ensure that their schools educate children to world-class standards. The purpose of this monograph is to articulate a framework for charter school governance that will reverse this trend.

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  • The Smithsonian Governance Debacle: Ten Lessons Charter School Boards Can Learn at Someone Else’s Expense

    by Brian L. Carpenter, PhD

    By analyzing the investigative committee reports on the 2007 Smithsonian Institution scandal, this monograph helps charter school boards avoid the Smithsonian's governance errors. There are also lessons for authorizers to consider in their oversight of boards.

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  • The Seven Outs: Strategic Planning Made Easy for Charter Schools

    by Brian L. Carpenter, PhD

    Just the words “strategic planning” are enough to make some board members and school executives feel swamped. The process is usually long, boring, and largely without results—unless you count a thick vinyl notebook collecting dust on a shelf as an achievement.

    The Seven Outs offers your school a step-by-step framework for strategic planning. Once the process is completed, the board and executive will know what the students should accomplish, and the board will know how to evaluate the results.

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  • The Good, The Bad, and the Unscientific: Evaluating
    Education Research

    by Brian L. Carpenter, PhD

    While most educators agree that education policy, instructional methods, and curricula should be based on sound research, people still get away with selling unproven educational programs because school leaders don’t know how to evaluate the advertisers’ research claims.

    Our students deserve better. The purpose of this brief primer is to to help charter school leaders and other potential purchasers of education programs evaluate the research the programs cite.

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  • No More Nailing Jell-O to Walls: Strategic Planning Made Clear for the Charter School Sector

    by Brian L. Carpenter, PhD, and Ed Roth

    Defining strategic planning can seem as futile as nailing Jell-O to a wall. This monograph helps charter school leaders better understand strategic planning and successfully apply its principles to their organizations.

    This monograph draws on the key ideas in two books by Ram Charan and Larry Bossidy: Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, and Confronting Reality: Doing What Matters to Get Things Right.

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  • Measurement: The Key to Charter School Marketing

    by Brian L. Carpenter, PhD

    The marketing challenge at your school might not be what you think—especially if you think that money alone is the answer. At a minimum, the board and executive of a charter school should know precisely how many students come and go, when they come and go, and if possible, why they left and where they enrolled afterward.

    With crucial data in hand, charter school leaders can evaluate their results and devise a plan to attract new students, win back others, and dissuade yet others from leaving. In a word, measurement is the key to marketing.

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  • How to Market Your Charter School Like a PR Pro: Using Earned Media

    By Penny Davis

    Paid advertising isn’t the only means of marketing your charter school. “Earned media” is positive news coverage that you actively seek by creating and pitching newsworthy stories, events, or announcements to news outlets in your area. This media is not only free; it’s generally considered to be more objective by consumers.

    Because of this, earned media is often regarded by public relations professionals as commanding a higher level of credibility and respect. It follows, then, that if your charter school has few resources to spend on marketing, you will need to create and maintain effective earned media campaigns.

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  • Good to Gone: Five Lessons from Research about Charter Schools That Make the Leap . . . Into Extinction

    by Brian L. Carpenter, PhD

    In Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap . . . and Others Don’t, author Jim Collins examined companies that were best in class. In contrast, this report examines charter schools that were “worst in class.”

    Much can be learned from failed charter schools that closed quickly. Authorizers, state associations, school boards, school executives, and others can use this monograph to create and perpetuate great schools.

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  • Always Carry Dry Socks: Six Lessons for Charter School Leaders I Learned in the Marine Corps

    by Brian L. Carpenter, PhD

    Many of the leadership and survival lessons taught in the Marines Corps are applicable to civilian jobs, including one of society's most challenging and important—that of the charter school leader. This papers explores Marine Corps leadership lessons to inspire and encourage every charter school leader to “be all that you can be.” (That’s Army, but what a great tagline!)

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  • A Dash of History and a Pinch of Math: A Brief Recipe for Understanding Inferential Statistics

    by Brian L. Carpenter, PhD

    Statistics requires math, but understanding statistics requires a conceptual framework, not a mathematical one. This paper provides a conceptual understanding of the principles of inferential statistics and their discovery. The paper closes by applying statistical ideas to charter schools and charter authorizers in a brief discussion of “value-added assessment”—a superior indicator of student performance that measures student growth, rather than student achievement at a fixed point in time.

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  • The 232-Point Inspection: Examining Charter School Quality in Michigan

    by Stephanie Van Koevering

    It is not difficult to determine how well an automobile engine is functioning. A mechanic can simply hook the car up to a computer and run a number of automated tests.

    If you think of each of Michigan’s 232 charter schools as the equivalent of a vehicle inspection point, we have all the information we need to keep the charter school sector of public education in good running condition. We need to connect with each of these points and pull all of the learning and data together to form a complete diagnostic picture.

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