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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


Charter System Parent Voices

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Best Practices: 2008 — 2011

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City Schools of Decatur

IMPACTedu OUR VISION To build and empower teacherparent relationships that will positively impact student learning through the awareness of progressive education practices.

OUR MISSION To provide virtual resources of original and existing information on issues that impact Georgia public school students. By educating communities about current opportunities, advantages and their effect, impactedu strives to strengthen the communication among all interested stakeholders.

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Charter System Parent Voices

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Best Practices: 2008 — 2011

MPACTedu was founded to enhance and empower teacher-parent relationships that will positively impact student learning through the awareness of progressive education practices.

We provide virtual resources of original and exiting information on issues that impact Georgia public school students. By educating communities about current opportunities, advantages and their effect, we believe we can strengthen the communication among all interested stakeholders. As school districts in Georgia face a 2013 state deadline to choose one of three operating systems: IE2, Charter System or status quo, many charter systems across the state are looking for information and ways to share their Best Practices with interested stakeholders in their communities. We believe strengthened relationships based on sharing knowledge and experiences will improve the quality of school governance teams. This, in turn, will support the teaching and learning process in the classroom. This publication is the first to focus on school governance Best Practices through the experiences of those who have served in the City Schools of Decatur. „

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PEG BUMGARDNER

ANDREA BERRY

IMPACTedu email: pbumgardner@impactedu.us

IMPACTedu email: aberry@impactedu.us

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City Schools of Decatur

IMPACTedu provides information and training to existing and new charter systems in Georgia. Our goal is to help local governance teams communicate the impact of their work to interested stakeholders in their communities.

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Charter System Parent Voices

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Best Practices: 2008 — 2011

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City Schools of Decatur

MANAGING PARENTS CONCERNS

This publication is the first to focus on school governance Best Practices through the experiences of those parents who were among the first to serve in the city of Decatur.

Lillian Pettus

Robert Pope

Clairemont Elementary School

Clairemont Elementary School

IT TAKES A COMMUNITY

COMMUNICATING YOUR WORK

Andrea Berry Former Glennwood 4-5 Academy

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CLOSING ACHIEVEMENT GAP

Peg Bumgardner Renfroe Middle School

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Charter System Parent Voices

FROM PROCESS TO POLICY

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Best Practices: 2008 — 2011

City Schools of Decatur

MAKING GOVERNANCE MATTER

Susan Strickland

Lew Lefton

Decatur High School

Decatur High School

OUR INTERACTIVE PUBLICATION

rom the moment the Georgia Board of Education approved the City Schools of Decatur System Charter, Decatur ED TV was there to provide reports on the process and progress of what CSD Board Chair Marc Wisniewski has said is, “an exciting experiment in local school governance.” This Summary and our complete Report includes active links to video and audio features, print samples of brochures and newsletters from various CSD School Leadership Teams, and handouts presented by the parent panelists at the CSD’s October 2011 School Leadership Training event. „

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“Don’t be afraid to step out and ask questions. My staff and I know that our charter system work is something we’re all doing together.” ‐ PHYLLIS EDWARDS, EdD CSD Superintendent

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Charter System Parent Voices

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Best Practices: 2008 — 2011

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City Schools of Decatur

Let us how we can help you communicate the impact of your work in your community.

Our special thanks to the countless numbers of parents, teachers, staff, administrators, district and state board members in Georgia who are volunteering their time to improve local school governance since charter school systems began work in the state in 2008.

Visit our website and connect with us on social media to keep up to date on our work.

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Charter System Parent Voices - Executive Summary