As the charter sector matures, more charter schools are collaborating with neighborhood district schools to identify effective education practices. But what works in a charter school may not translate easily to those schools, finds a new report by the Center for Reinventing Public Education.
The group studied 25 communities in which district and charter schools have signed formal compacts to work with each other to improve equity for all students.
It found schools have increased their partnerships around teacher professional development, but they can run into challenges when schools attempt to implement pieces of a comprehensive schoolwide program. CRPE also found that several professional development initiatives relied on volunteer “early adopter” teachers, and had difficulty expanding beyond those first participants.
A version of this article appeared in the February 14, 2018 edition of Education Week as School Improvement