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Tools for Schools

Tools for Schools

Leading a school well is no easy task. Supporting staff sufficiently and prioritizing student progress above the tyranny of the urgent requires laser focus and relentless determination.

TCSA is committed to helping school leaders, their teams, and their boards keep their eyes on what matters most, as they serve some of the underserved students and […]

September 20th, 2017|Categories: Member Services, Quality, Training||
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2017 TCSACon: Speakers & Sessions

2017 TCSACon: Speakers & Sessions

Speakers and session content are now available for the 2017 TCSA Charter Schools Conference in the TCSA Conference App. The conference will convene national and state charter school innovators, reformers, and leaders at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine on October 11-13, 2017. Two new strands have been added to the conference this […]

August 31st, 2017|Categories: Conference, Quality, Training|Tags: , , |
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TCSA’s Upcoming Fall Webinars

TCSA’s Upcoming Fall Webinars

Immigration and Your Charter School: Protecting Rights of Schools and Students in an Age of Immigration Enforcement

This webinar will highlight best practices on matters pertaining to federal and state law enforcement agencies in light of new and anticipated rulings and interpretations of immigration enforcement practices.

Presented by Joseph Hoffer from Shulman, Lopez, Hoffer and […]

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New School Year, New Policies!

New School Year, New Policies!

Student Code of Conduct, 3rd Edition

The Student Code of Conduct, 3rd Edition is now available for purchase in the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) Quality Portal. The 3rd Edition incorporates changes from the 85th Legislative Session, including David’s Law (SB 179, the anti-bullying bill). Schools interested in the Student Code of Conduct can […]

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August Member Council Meeting

August Member Council Meeting

Last week, the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) held its quarterly Member Council Meeting (MCM) with about 40 participants representing member charter schools from across the Lone Star State.

TCSA’s Executive Director David Dunn opened the meeting with brief remarks and was followed by MCM Chair, Kathleen Zimmermann, who welcomed members to Austin.  Dunn shared […]

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Executive Leader Meetings Hosted in September

Executive Leader Meetings Hosted in September

Coming soon to a region near you: the 2017-18 version of Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) Executive Leader Meetings. 

These regional meetings provide a place for charter leaders to come together to learn from legal experts and share best practices among each other on charter-specific topics.  TCSA plans to offer leaders in each region two […]

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The Power of Instructional Coaching

The Power of Instructional Coaching

Have you considered how instructional coaching might impact student achievement and ultimately scores within your charter system? Teacher coaching has emerged as a promising alternative to traditional professional development normally offered by charter schools. Informal, classroom-based instructional coaching has proven effective in solidifying teacher content knowledge and pedagogy and aided in teacher retention.

Coaching can […]

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Driving Achievement Through Campus Operations, Part III

Driving Achievement Through Campus Operations, Part III

If you have missed the first two sections on Driving Achievement Through Campus Operations, please see Part I and Part II before moving on. 

Starting with the End in Mind

Hopefully school leaders are bought-in to the idea of hiring a Director of School Operations and have a strategy for identifying […]

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Driving Achievement Through Campus Operations, Part II

Driving Achievement Through Campus Operations, Part II

A Needle In a Haystack?

Hiring people to work at charter schools can be challenging. Our teams work longer hours, go above and beyond the job description, and are frequently paid less than their traditional school counterparts. Directors of School Operations often face intense durations of stress, are required to manage multiple streams […]

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National Conference Highlights

National Conference Highlights

A number of TCSA staff members had the opportunity to attend the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ annual conference, NCSC17, earlier this week in Washington D.C. There were approximately 4,000 attendees representing all aspects of the charter spectrum including charter CEOs, teachers and staff, governance boards, state charter support organizations (CSO) like TCSA, […]