The Strategic Management of Charter Schools: Framework and Tools for Educational Entrepreneurs

 

The Strategic Management of Charter Schools coverAlong with the standard fare of curricula,
scheduling, student discipline, and teacher effectiveness, charter schools have
to navigate tight budgets and nonprofit-management and human-capital
strategies. Many charter leaders, however, are far more experienced with instruction
than with operations: They’re heavy on education-delivery skills and light on
mission-, operations-, and stakeholder-management skills. This new book offers
a toolkit for school leaders seeking a crash-course in B-school strategies.
Each chapter covers an issue ranging from mission management to performance
measurement and provides accessible explanations of how to implement proper
business strategies—and why these strategies are important for charters. What
might be most helpful for school leaders looking to flip from an ed-school to a
B-school mentality are the chapters’ case studies, which offer further
perspective on how each strategy can and should play out on the ground.  The authors use MATCH charter schools, for
example, to highlight how development of logic models can help clarify a
charter’s mission. The case of D.C.’s Cesar Chavez School provides insight into
how strategic alignment can ensure longitudinal success. And that of the
Compass Montessori School (CO) illustrates the need for financial stability—and
what happens if it is not found. Following these strategies—and learning from
these case studies—should help charter schools of all stripes personalize and
strengthen their business models.

Peter Frumkin, Bruno V. Manno, and Nell Edgington,
The
Strategic Management of Charter Schools: Framework and Tools for Educational
Entrepreneurs
, (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2011).

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