AUTHORIZING BEST PRACTICES
Connections To University
Charter School Educator Award – This award provides 50 percent tuition assistance for teachers and administrators in CMU partner 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 partner schools pursue their educational goals through attending CMU. Through this commitment by CMU, students are eligible for two different scholarships.
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 partner schools visit campus through financial support provided by CMU, participate in on-campus events like CMU and You Day, have access to various camps and partner with University organizations.
New School Support
The Center provides support during the pre-operational stages of a school and continues to work throughout the first year and beyond 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 partner schools in understanding their roles and responsibilities, provides networking opportunities and keeps them focused on the school and providing quality educational options for students.
Board President Roundtables – Allows board presidents an opportunity to engage in open discussion and share governance best practices and ideas with other colleagues and the Center.
New Board Member Orientation – Ensures that newly appointed board members of CMU partner schools understand their commitment, become familiar with their school and the expectations of them as board members.
Academic Professional Learning Opportunities – Provides leadership teams from CMU partner schools with best practice sharing, understanding the power of data and networking with other schools.