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Learning From Charter School Management Organizations: Strategies for Student Behavior and Teacher Coaching

Published: March 2012

Publisher(s): Center on Reinventing Public Education

Author(s): Lake, Robin J.; Melissa Bowen; Allison Demeritt; Brian Gill; Joshua Haimson; Moira McCullough

Funder(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NewSchools Venture Fund, Walton Family Foundation

View Report (54 pages; 873KB; PDF)

Area of Focus: Low-Performing Schools


Drawing on surveys and interviews with staff in high-performing charter management organizations (CMOs), this report provides in-depth descriptions of two CMO practices linked to raising student achievement: high expectations for student behavior and teacher coaching.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

=High-performing CMOs create high expectations for student behavior by establishing clear and consistent behavior codes, encouraging consistency across classrooms to create clear expectations, expecting adults to model positive behaviors, asking parents to reinforce school actions, giving schools flexibility in implementation, and emphasizing teacher training to support high standards for classroom behavior.

=High-performing CMOs enhance teacher effectiveness by strategically targeting teacher needs, aligning coaching with school and central office goals, observing teachers frequently and providing rapid feedback, selecting coaches with specific skills who can form solid relationships with teachers, and ensuring other personnel practices and school culture support coaching.

Focus: National

Subjects/Keywords: Achievement; Behavior; Coaching; Charter School; Teacher Effectiveness

+ Successful strategy
= Observation
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