USED Parental Options/Information Conference
October 26, 2009 2 Comments
Blogging today from USED’s conference for the office of parental options and information, which includes charter schools. I was on a plenary panel with sharp folks from Green Dot and AUSL. We discussed a ton of stuff, but there was remarkable consensus on the following items:
1) Community engagement – engaging the community early and often in the turnaround process is critical. It’s impossible to over-communicate change.
2) Planning, planning, planning – ideally, turnaround operators should have a full year of planning (Year 0), and even before that, they should be readying themselves for that planning year. Yes, that’s right … planning for the planning.
3) Strong relationships with districts – turnaround at scale will require the witting participation of districts in the process. States and the federal government should do everything they can to make it easier for districts to make hard choices.