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The process of creating a charter school is daunting at best – in fact it is truly an adventure in all the best and worst meaning of the term. Each founding group will bring to the table a unique vision supported by various resources. It is not possible to accurately generalize about a specific founding group’s needs as they develop their applications. MCSN has identified a menu of services from which each client school’s founders can select based on their needs. MCSN offers workshops and webinars, small group, and individual support, training and technical assistance as well as professional referrals for hands on assistance in writing the charter application and implementing the school’s start-up.
school services and development
The MCSN Charter School Support and Development Program provides Maryland charter school leaders with the tools and guidance necessary for creating successful charter school applications, opening outstanding schools, and strengthening and supporting existing schools. The program is divided into four phases- planning, start-up, implementation, and Leadership for Quality Schools.
MCSN Founding Group Membership
$250 per group
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Phase i Planning to application
Held up to four times a year via webinar technology
The Maryland Charter School Network offers an Introduction to Maryland Charter Schools workshop via webinar for parents, community groups and organizations explaining the charter school law and the process for creating charter schools. The workshops are offered at no charge but participants must register.
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Founding groups are offered nine intensive, pre-recorded webinar series with national experts that focus on providing tools and understanding around the primary areas of the Maryland Model Application:
Designing Your School
Educational Plan, Part I
Educational Plan, Part II
Education Plan, Part III
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Phase II & III school design & development program
Presented by the Maryland Charter School Network in partnership with FOCUS (Friends of Choice in Urban Schools). Part of the Phase II and Phase III offerings - Start-up Approval, Opening & Implementation.
Cost: $13,000 The program costs are an eligible expense for the Federal Charter School Grant Program. This program is offered to groups that have submitted their charter application to the local school district and are applying for the Federal Charter School Grant Program.
Includes 58 hours individualized strategic consulting services on the following issues:
Curriculum 10 hours
Data and Technology Use 10 hours
Financing 10 hours
Facilities 10 hours
Back-office Support 10 hours
1 Day Board Retreat at school’s location 8 hours
Includes comprehensive Start up in person workshops for up to three attendees. See below for Strand topics, each Strand has four workshops. Complete workshop descriptions are in catalog.
Strand I - Curriculum
Strand II - Compliance
Strand III – Advocacy and Organizing
Strand IV –Employment Law
Strand V –Fundraising
Strand VI- Performance Management
Professional Learning Communities
Board Governance Retreat
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Phase Iv Leadership for Quality Schools
Presented by the Maryland Charter School Network in partnership with FOCUS (Friends of Choice in Urban Schools).
MCSN Membership Schools can attend in person workshops on a multitude of topics offered through our partnership with FOCUS and their Powerschool program, as well as all other Strand Workshop topic series. Each Strand is $300, which includes four workshops. Member schools can send up to three people. Or individual workshops are $75 per person. All of these workshops are held in Washington DC.
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For more information about School Support and Development Programs Please contact:
Maryland Charter School Network
540 E Belvedere Avenue, Suite 2
Baltimore, MD 21212
Ph: (800) 689-3795 ext 2
Fax: (800) 689-3795