NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Center for Educational Innovation—Public Education Association (CEI-PEA), a national not-for-profit educational organization headquartered in New York City (NYC), has announced the launch of a groundbreaking three-year project to provide training and technical assistance to charter schools across the country. The initiative, known as the Network of Independent Charter Schools, is funded through a $2 million federal Charter Schools Program National Leadership Activities grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The Network of Independent Charter Schools is designed to increase the number of high-performing charter schools across the nation. It is targeted to support the developers and operators of community-based “mom and pop” charter schools. These community-based “mom and pop” charter schools are typically established by parents, community members and community-based organizations. While they are well-positioned to galvanize community resources and address the needs of children and youth in their respective communities, these schools often lack the administrative and operational support of charter management organizations (CMOs) or for-profit educational management organizations (EMOs). Independent charter schools often have limited resources and must address unique “start-up” challenges. The Network of Independent Charter Schools will support the successful launch and development of these charter schools by:
- Establishing an online community of independent charter schools from across the country by creating a comprehensive web portal.
- Providing direct and comprehensive technical assistance to a set of schools in New York City and Boston that will, in turn, share their experiences and best practices to other schools across the country.
- Providing independent charter schools with access to educational experts on academic program development and creation of data-driven professional learning communities within their schools.
- Supporting “mom and pop” charter schools in designing and implementing effective academic, leadership and organizational practices.
- Helping independent charter schools attain high levels of achievement, meet and exceed state standards and successfully engage in the charter renewal process.
“CEI-PEA is proud to take the lead in advancing this critical initiative, which get at the heart of what works in education reform: improving the professional opportunities for teachers and school leaders, bringing educators together to help one another improve practice, and supporting community-based schools that are meeting the unique needs of their students,” explains Sy Fliegel, CEI-PEA President and Gilder Senior Fellow. “It is easy to complain about what’s wrong with public education but the truth is that there are a lot of excellent educators creating exceptional public schools, and we should focus on those schools in order to pave the road for improving all public schools. That’s what this initiative is all about.”
In managing the project, CEI-PEA will work with the educational consulting firm JPS Solutions, LLC. CEI-PEA and JPS Solutions are currently working together to implement three school improvement projects supported by $28 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Incentive Fund. Among the other experts that CEI-PEA will work with are the New York University Metro Learning Center, the Danielson Group, the CEI-PEA Partner Support Organization and Heimes Communications, LLC.
The Center for Educational Innovation – Public Education Association (CEI-PEA) is a national nonprofit organization that creates successful public schools and educational programs. CEI-PEA’s staff of experienced leaders in public education provides hands-on support to improve the skills of teachers and school leaders, increase parent involvement, and channel cultural and academic intervention programs into schools. For more information about CEI-PEA and its programs go to www.cei-pea.org.