AUTHORIZING BEST PRACTICES
Connections To University
Camp Central for College Candidates – Seventh-grade students from CMU-authorized charter schools have the opportunity to attend a week-long summer program with a focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math. In addition to classroom and lab learning, students experience campus living and explore opportunities available for future careers. Additional information on the camp is available on the Center’s Camp Central for College Candidates webpage.
Charter School Educator Award – This award provides 50 percent tuition assistance for teachers and administrators in CMU-authorized charter schools who desire to pursue a graduate degree with CMU’s highly rated advanced teacher education and educational leadership programs. Additional information and application instructions for the award are available on the Center’s Charter School Educator Award webpage.
Scholarships – A scholarship program was established to help students in CMU-authorized schools pursue their educational goals through attending CMU. Through this commitment by the University, students are eligible for two different scholarships. The University has also demonstrated its commitment to the students in Detroit by partnering with schools and organizations such as educational service providers (education management organizations) to ensure students have the financial ability to earn a college degree.
Admissions – The Center works with CMU admissions and schools to help connect students with opportunities and experiences that provide access to learning opportunities and the campus experience. CMU-authorized schools visit campus through financial support provided by the University, participate in CMU and You Day, have access to camps and partner with University organizations such as Men About Change and the leadership program.
New School Support
The Center provides support during the pre-operational stages of a school and continues to work throughout the first year to ensure that the school is on the right track. The Center’s ongoing relationship of oversight and support of the school is tailored to meet the necessary needs of the school. New school support and ongoing authorizing includes site visits, board and administrator training, data reporting and tailored assistance in areas of academic, finance and compliance. The Center provides online resources related to new school development, as well as an in-depth look at the application process.
Targeted School Support
CMU has dedicated its resources to providing expertise in all essential areas including: academic, finance, state and federal accountability, facility regulations and requirements, staff certification, special education, board governance, educational program and curriculum development, public policy, data analysis, compliance requirements and state regulations.
Professional Development Opportunities
Board Development Series – Assists board members of CMU-authorized schools in understanding their roles and responsibilities, networking opportunities and keeps them focused on the school and providing quality educational options for students.
New Board Member Orientation – Ensures that newly appointed board members of CMU-authorized schools understand their commitment, become familiar with their school and the expectations of them as a board member.
Administrator Development Series – Provides leadership teams from CMU-authorized schools with best practice sharing, understanding the power of data and networking with other schools.
Tools for Administrators
Organizational Strategy Development
Empowering Data-Driven Decisionmaking
CMU AUTHORIZING MODEL
The Center takes pride in building partnerships with schools that drive innovative educational programs, while connecting schools to leading-edge resources such as computer adaptive testing, the Performance Suite of Reports and automated compliance and accountability systems. Coupled together, these tools help target student needs, reduce unnecessary bureaucracy and influence future decisions. The Center is organized into four primary divisions. These divisions work to ensure that the operational schools are serving the best interests of students and providing access to the quality education they deserve. The Center has a CMU Model presentation available that describes our authorizing model.