NEWS & STORIES

Voices, perspectives, and insights from the field

District and Charter School Teachers Team Up in Denver Learning Labs

May 3, 2016 | Charter Schools

Once a month, Anna Leonhard gets together with nine of her fellow teachers. They work in close collaboration on a variety of activities to strengthen their teaching practice—planning common units, observing each other teach, and analyzing student data. Like many collaborative professional learning situations, these educators teach in the same…

An Abandoned Building Transforms into a Community Hub—With the Help of a Public Charter School

May 17, 2016 | Charter Schools

Walk down the streets of the East Side neighborhood in Tacoma, Washington, and you might see people of all ages planting trees in a former parking lot. You might stumble upon a block party full of families and community groups. Or you might come across residents on their way to…

Charter School Spotlight: Blackstone Valley Prep

May 26, 2016 | Charter Schools

  With its emphasis on diversity, personalized learning, and preparing all students to succeed in college and beyond, Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) Mayoral Academy in Rhode Island has emerged as a standout network of public charter schools. The BVP network provides transformational learning opportunities for its 1,400 scholars in grades K-10 across five schools. Students of…

Charter School Spotlight: Roots Elementary

June 1, 2016 | Charter Schools

Walk into Roots Elementary and you'll quickly see that it's not your average school. Rather than classrooms of 30 students being taught the same material by one teacher, each Roots student works with a teacher to develop a personal learning plan. The students then spend much of their day in an open,…