Clients: New York City Charter School Center, funded by Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Preparing charter schools and charter school management organizations to successfully replicate and expand their networks of schools takes careful planning, time, energy, and vast expertise in a variety of areas in K-12 education, including strategic planning, operations, human capacity, finance, curriculum, and real estate. The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation believes that one of the ways to increase quality educational options for students is by supporting the replication of established, high performing charter schools. Yet successful replication is challenging, and a key concern is ensuring expansion does not lead to a decrease in the quality of education provided.
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation contracted the New York City Charter School Center (NYCCSC) to develop and administer four rounds of a new program aimed addressing this need: the Replicating Quality Schools Program. NYCCSC, launched as the country’s first citywide charter support strategy, works to grow the movement, ensure quality, solve sector-wide challenges, provide key resources and trainings, and build a favorable public policy environment. NYCCSC hired Ford Research Solutions and CA Group to co-direct the program. Over the past three years, four cohorts of approximately eight schools each completed the program, in New York City (twice), New Orleans, and Nashville/Memphis.
Ford Research Solutions and CA Group developed a targeted application (including a growth/replication readiness self-assessment) and designed a rigorous preparative program for schools, including: determining organizational and legal structure design; building organizational culture; replicating academic and instructional programs with fidelity; developing performance management and data-driven culture; building human capacity pipelines; and financially planning and modeling for growth. Over the course of the four cohorts, the training was updated to build on best practices and lessons learned from previous cohorts. See below for a description of session content from the most recent NYC cohort (Fall 2014).
Training I: Oct 2014
Training II: Nov 2014
Training III: Dec 2014