Preparing for Growth: Human Capital Innovations in Public Charter Schools
The growth of high-performing charter schools—and their charter-management organizations (CMOs)—is critical for such schools to become sound alternatives for additional needy kids. To expand, however, CMOs must overcome the challenge of finding superior teachers and school leaders. To see how this has been done and can be done, this Center for American Progress report profiles Green Dot, IDEA Public Schools, High Tech High, KIPP, Rocketship Education, and Yes Prep and explains how they have dealt with organizational growth and human-capital challenges. It seems that these successful CMOs have three things in common: They formalize recruitment, training, and support processes and infrastructure; they get the most mileage from available talent by narrowing and better-defining staff roles; and they import and induct management talent. Toward that end, many of these organizations have developed their own recruiting tools and candidate evaluations. Some offer extensive professional development aligned with their organizational cultures. Most believe in cultivating in-house talent, often by identifying future school leaders during the teacher-hiring process. Others have created and implemented their own certification programs. Well worth your attention, whether or not you’re a CMO junkie.
Christi Chadwick and Julie Kowal, “Preparing for Growth: Human Capital Innovations in Public Charter Schools,” (Washington, D.C.: Center for American Progress, May 2011).
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