Charter school operators in Boston and Lawrence, MA are currently engaged in “Compacts,” a type of strategic partnership with districts and other educational organizations designed to enhance collective capacity to exchange best practices and work collaboratively to improve student outcomes in a given geographic area.
The Boston Compact, formed in 2011, is the first such Compact to exist in Massachusetts. The Boston Compact is a collaborative partnership between the Boston Public Schools (BPS), Boston charter schools, and the Archdiocese of Boston. The Boston Compact leaders are working collaboratively on the following: charter school facilities; educating of students with special needs, English language learners, and African-American boys; and principal leadership development. The Lawrence Compact Partnership is in the nascent stages but is expected to focus on raising student achievement across the city through collaboration between traditional public schools and charter operators.
Scope of Work - Overview
MCPSA seeks a consultant to research and develop a case study on the Boston Compact that responds to the following questions:
- What practices, strategies, structures or terms have proven effective in governing Compact relationships?
- What projects, topics or data have proven ripe for collaborative exploration between Compact partners? And what has been the outcome of such collaboration to date?
- Likewise, which projects or topics have not been pursued collaboratively and why? What has been the effect of not pursuing certain topics?
- Has the Compact enabled stakeholders to work collaboratively to educate all children in a geographic area in a way that differs from how they would approach that work outside of the Compact? What data is available to illustrate the impact of the Compact on each partner?
The case, and other national benchmark information about existing Compacts, will be used to develop statewide recommendations, and best practices, governing the goals and practices of future Compact partnerships involving charter schools and districts.
The consultant will pursue this case by interviewing members of the Compact and other stakeholders, observing meetings as permitted, reviewing Compact artifacts and meeting minutes, and conducting focus groups as appropriate. This work will include interaction with leaders of charter schools, Boston Public Schools and the Archdiocese of Boston. The final product will be a case overview of The Boston Compact that highlights best practices, areas of strength for collaboration and areas of weakness, along with a set of recommendations for future Compact partnerships. This is a one-year project to be completed during the 2014-15 school year.
To apply please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with Boston Compact Case Study in the subject line.