Leadership is a critical piece of managing a high performing public charter school. Understanding the issues and the challenges faced daily by school leaders takes on a significant role when creating, managing, and sustaining high expectations and performance. With limited resources available on this industry specific topic, Cameron Curry has created a user-friendly guide to help emerging or seasoned school leaders focus on five key elements for school success.
Based on his 14 years of managing three high impact public charter schools, the author has utilized these principles and witnessed firsthand the benefits they bring to students, parents, and his school colleagues. Understanding the importance of your school’s mission and creating a great school culture are just part of a leader’s responsibility. The elements of embracing parent involvement, becoming an effective communicator, and learning how to maximize the potential of all school employees, creates a further understanding of what it takes to be an effective charter school leader.
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About the Author
Cameron Curry has been an entrepreneur, business operator, school creator, and community advocate for public school options and innovation since 1999, and has found much reward working in the charter school movement. As a husband of 21 years, and parent of three teenagers, Cameron understands the challenges families face in selecting a great school, and used that perspective in being a part of the creation of three high impact charter schools.
Table of Contents
Preface: What I have learned from leading great public charter schools
Introduction: Breaking down the elements of effective charter school leadership
What is culture and why it is important? Essential culture proof points.
What is mission and why it is important? Essential mission proof points.
Parents as Volunteer, Leader, Promoter, Teacher, Fundraiser, and Advocate.
What communication is needed in a school setting and why it is important?
Essential communication proof points.
5.People & Praise: Encouragement Works
What is the value of encouragement and why it is important to your team and organization? Essential encouragement proof points.
6.So You Want to Be A Charter School Leader!
Putting it all into practice
About the Author
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Charter School Leadership: Elements of School Success is an indispensable guide to understanding the recipe for success in any school be it Montessori charter, traditional public, or even a private boarding school. Curry gathers together the best practices discovered in the past 20 years of charter school experimentation and illuminates them with his own deep understanding of the field. These are not easy principles to implement but Curry makes their value so clear there can be no arguing with their necessity. He even gets the essential and multifarious power of parent engagement! I wish every principal could read it before their first day on the job.
Written by one of California’s most successful charter school leaders, this engaging and accessible book is chock-full of practical leadership tips and practices for both new and veteran charter school leaders.