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WORKSHOP #6: WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM CHARTER SCHOOLS

Many teachers working in Charter Schools know little about the movement, having simply taken a job where they could find one. The research now reveals that the first generation of charter schools have outperformed regular public schools (see sites #2 and #3). Charter schools are public schools that have organized around a charter allowing for greater freedom in exchange for greater accountability. Clearer focus of their mission and smallness of size may be the major bases for success. Both traits are replicable within public schools.

In this workshop you will examine several specific links, and select others of interest to you as well. If you are doing this workshop for graduate academic credit, you will produce a JOURNAL of responses to your explorations in this work.

  1. To begin, review the findings of recent research in sites 2, 3, and 4.
  2. Investigate two of the most "advanced" charter schools, going deep into the curriculum and assessment links at site #9, and Service Learning at site #8.
  3. A number issues concerning charter schools are introduced in site #5. Site #6 asks whether Charter Schools are working, and considers some angles not covered in research. Site #7 takes a broader view of Charter issues. Use your journal to "weigh in" with your own views on these matters.
  4. Site #10, National Center for Educational Statistics, has 90+ links to various topics, most of which concern charter schools. Pick out the five most interesting to you, and write about the issues that concern you most, saying what you believe should be done and why [in your Journal].
  5. Sites #11, 12, and 13 all explore the most progressive alternative schools. Use your Journal to reflect on what strikes you of most value in these alternative schools. Realizing that Charter Schools are meant to "recycle" every 5 years, what would you think would be a direction from alternative schools that a future generation of alternative schools might adapt?
  6. The single reform that makes the biggest improvement, Smaller Schools, can account for the score and satisfaction gains achieved by Charter Schools. What do you think? Does the smaller size and cohesiveness of smallness account for change? Shouldn't all schools "divide" into several smaller units? What could you do?
  7. From the remaining links on this page, select sites that interest you, and give your viewpoint on at least two issues raised in them.
  8. If you are doing this Workshop for academic credit, mail your completed Journal to:

    Chad C. Osborne
    13634 Leadwell St.
    Van Nuys, CA 91405

  1. Overview of Charter Schools
  2. What the Research Reveals About Charter Schools
  3. Small Schools By Choice
  4. The State of Charter Schools 2000
  5. Charter Schools 101
  6. What does it mean to ask: "Is 'Charter Schools' Working?"
  7. Charter Schools--A Balanced View
  8. The Hoboken Charter School
  9. Francis W. Parker Essential School Includes Assessment Rubrics in each subject area
  10. National Center for Educational Statistics
  11. "Schools Page" of the Indigo Children Site
  12. Progressive and Alternative Schools
  13. Links to Alternative Schools for Greater Freedom
  14. Robert Muller Schools
  15. The Massachusetts Charter School Initiative
  16. Charter School Resource Center
  17. The Massachusetts Charter School Handbook
  18. MassCharter Profiles
  19. Cascade Policy Institute Links
  20. U.S. Charter Schools
  21. Homeschooling
  22. Unschooling
  23. Mining Company Links on Charter Schools
  24. A Study of Charter Schools
  25. Charter School Research
  26. The Edison School Design Related Links
  27. Charter School Policy
  28. Focus Schools: A Genre top Consider
  29. Choice 2000 Charter School An entirely on-line Grades 7-12 Charter School!
  30. CanadaReform
  31. Charter Schools: An Approach for Rural Education?
  32. NEA: Charter Schools
  33. About Charter Schools
  34. Charter Schools Development Center
  35. Charter Schools Fail Promises
  36. More and More States Embrace Charter Schools
  37. Pro/Con on Charter Schools
  38. About Charter Schools, from the Center for Educational Reform
  39. Charter Schools and Special Education: A Report on State Policies
  40. Front Lines: Charter Schools
  41. Charters in Our Midst: The Impact of Charter Schools on School Districts
  42. Colorado Charter School Programs and Resources
  43. Charter Schools: the Northwest Experience
  44. Charter Schools: A State Legislative Update

    CHAD OSBORNE

    ozpk100@aol.com