Massachusetts Charter Schools

Profiles of Dissemination

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is profiling schools that have engaged in thoughtful dissemination work. These profiles include schools who may have received a rating of "Exceeds" for Criterion 4: 1 Dissemination, in their Summary of Review, or schools that have received the most recent federally funded, Charter School Dissemination Grant, a competitive grant to assist Massachusetts charter schools to work with district schools to disseminate best practices. Each profile provides summary information about the practice or activity, web-based and other resources to support implementation, and contact information. The Dissemination Profiles catalogs a range of best practices2 and dissemination related to Charter School Performance Criteria /Conditions for School Effectiveness:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Access and Equity
  • Capacity
  • Compliance
  • Dissemination
  • Effective district systems for school support and intervention
  • Effective school leadership
  • Family-school engagement
  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Mission and Key Design Elements
  • Principal's staffing authority
  • Professional development and structures for collaboration
  • Strategic use of resources and adequate budget authority
  • Student performance/assessment
  • Students' social, emotional, and health needs
  • Tiered instruction and adequate learning time

The Department is pleased to present these Dissemination Profiles which highlights the important work that charter schools and district partners are doing to share innovative, educational best practices. It is our hope that sharing these practices and partnerships can help to educate stakeholders and facilitate relationships between districts and charter schools in order to improve educational outcomes for all students across the Commonwealth.

School NameRelated Charter School Performance Criteria/Conditions for School Effectiveness
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Community Day Charter School
Mission and Key Design Elements
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Conservatory Lab Charter School
Curriculum and Instruction
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Neighborhood House Charter School
Dissemination
Curriculum and Instruction
Student Performance/Assessments
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Salem Academy Charter School
Effective School Leadership
Curriculum and Instruction


1 Criterion 4 is one of ten (10) Criteria that define expected performance in the three guiding areas of charter school accountability: faithfulness to charter, academic program success, and organizational viability. The Department evaluates these criteria through the use of quantitative and/or qualitative data as well as affirmative evidence presented by the school, compiled over the course of the school's charter term.

2 1 For the purposes of this site, the term "best practice" refers to a strong or promising practice that has demonstrated potential to be effective. The Department recognizes that both the term "best practice" and the term "dissemination" can be charged and potentially create barriers to sharing. These terms are being used here because of the wording of the law.

Last Updated: March 23, 2017

 
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