Resources

Resources for Charter Professionals

 

Since 2011, MCPSA has supported the Massachusetts charter school sector by providing high-quality professional development and technical assistance, and by sharing promising practices and resources to charter schools across the state and beyond. Content is based solely on the needs of our members, and is designed with their direct input.

The following MCPSA resources are currently in place for professionals who work in member schools:

  • Communities of Practice: Statewide, job-specific CoPs provide biannual meetings and virtual networking opportunities to Special Education Directors, English Learner Directors, Deans of Students, College Placement/Alumni Support Directors, and CFO/COO/Business Managers

  • Statewide Professional Development: Full- and half-day workshops are offered free of charge throughout each school year to member schools, and are focused on building schools’ capacity to support students with disabilities, English learners, while creating structures, systems, and practices that benefit all students. Recent workshops have focused on Response-to-Intervention, multi-tiered systems of academic and behavior support, and supporting students with low-incidence disabilities in inclusive settings.

  • Charter Knowledge Center: This archive of workshop materials, program artifacts, and school-shared resources is available to all staff at MCPSA member schools.

  • Cluster Partnerships: Representatives from charter schools in select geographic regions come together to work cooperatively on common challenges, and to share promising practices. Current cluster partnership working groups are located in Boston/Cambridge, western MA, and southeast MA. Participants may access meeting materials and cluster working group artifacts here.

  • Model Demonstration Schools: A select group of MA charter schools across the state (18 in 2016-17) receive intensive, embedded, expert coaching within cross-functional teams based on a school-identified priority goal to increase capacity to support students with disabilities and/or English learners. Coaching materials and resources, as well as artifacts from MDS projects may be accessed here.

  • Specialist Network: This online resource is currently being developed through the Capacity Building Network program, and is intended to provide timely access to high-quality specialists and related service providers to MA charter school administrators as needs arise in their special education programs and populations. The Specialist Network is being piloted in September 2016 among regional groups of charter schools in Boston/Cambridge, western MA, and southeast MA. It will become available to all MCPSA member schools in September 2017.