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Provider

Colorado League of Charter Schools

Contact Information

Primary

Kia Murray
2696 S. Colorado Blvd. Suite 250
Denver, CO 80222

Phone: 720-439-8316
Email: kmurray@coloradoleague.org

Secondary

Teresa Tate
2696 S. Colorado Blvd. Suite 250
Denver, CO 80222

Phone: 303-989-5356
Email: ttate@coloradoleague.org

General Information

Website: www.coloradoleague.org
Type of Organization: Other
Charter School Support Organization
Organization is best described as: Non-Profit
Age of Firm / Number of Years in Operation: 23
Level(s) services may be provided: - Elementary
- Middle
- High School
Provides performance guarantees in contract: NO
Educational Services Provided Comprehensive Turnaround Provider
Diagnostic Review
Educator Effectiveness
Instruction
Leadership
Professional Development
School and District Improvement
Unified Improvement Planning

Name of Schools/ Districts that this organization has served in Colorado:

2017/2018 and 2018/2019 Schools Served
Vision Charter Academy - Willyn Webb, wwebb@visioncharteracademy.org
Salida del Sol Academy - David Sanchez, dsanchez@salidadelsolacademy.org
New America Schools - Tracey McCormick, tmccormick@newamericaschool.org
Loveland Classical Schools - Ian Stout, istout@lovelandclassical.org
Heritage Heights Academy - Natalia Miller-Forrest, Natalia.Miller-Forrest@heritageha.org
Union Colony Schools - Kenneth Wildenstein, kwildenstein@unioncolonyschools.org
Crestone Charter School - Marie-Louise Baker, mlbaker@crestonecharter.com
Global Village Academy Northglenn - Ginger Thacker, gthacker@gvaschools.org
Academy 360 Charter School - Becky McLean, rebecca@academy-360.org
Omar D. Blair Charter School - Kristen Williams, kristen.williams@omardblairk8.com
Rocky Mountain Prep - James Cryan, james@rockymountainprep.org

Recent References:

Vision Charter Academy - Willyn Webb, wwebb@visioncharteracademy.org
Salida del Sol Academy - David Sanchez, dsanchez@salidadelsolacademy.org

Name of Schools/ Districts that this organization has served in other states:

n/a

Qualifications of this Organization (licensure, trademark, etc.):

The Colorado League of Charter Schools (The League) is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to supporting the charter schools in the state. The League is committed to helping these schools reach higher levels of student performance and overall success by providing information and resources, including technical support, advocacy, public relations assistance, professional development and much more.

Qualifications of Instructors/ Staff that Provide Services:

In addition to Colorado League of Charter Schools (CLCS) staff, CLCS employs high quality, experienced consultants and educational experts. CLCS staff and consultants have extensive experience as leaders in charter schools and are experts in a variety of educational areas.
League staff bios can be found here: https://coloradoleague.org/page/staff
Consultant bios can be found here: https://coloradoleague.org/page/consultants

Cost:

Diagnostic Review - $6,000 to $20,000 depending on the number of students at the school and the number of standards being assessed

The following educational services can be customized to meet the needs of schools based on a rate of $150-$200 an hour for member schools and $200 - $250 an hour for non-member schools.

Comprehensive Turnaround Support, Educator Effectiveness, Instruction,
Leadership, Professional Development, School and District Improvement, Unified Improvement Planning

Detailed descriptions of our current offerings can be found here: https://coloradoleague.org/page/ProfDevelopment

Explanation of how we are able to provide differentiated services to meet the individual needs of schools and districts.

As an organization who has served charter schools for over 20 years, we understand the uniqueness of each school based on model, demographics, geographic location, number of students served, etc.

Since we work with a variety of educational consultants and experts, we are able to pair schools with people who will best meet the individual needs of the school. We base our work off of a variety of well-researched models and methods and do not subscribe to a one-size-fits-all approach.

When a school works with the CLCS, we collaboratively create the scope of work that will best meet the needs of the school.

Sample scopes of work are available upon request.

How will we evaluate our services and support to schools and districts and its effectiveness in school/ district/ student achievement?

Depending on the scope of work, we evaluate our effectiveness based on satisfaction surveys, implementation data/walk-throughs, and growth in achievement data.

Sample of services offered for a school or district:

Under 500 Students:

External Diagnostic Review: The Colorado League of Charter Schools will provide a charter specific comprehensive school review. A specially trained team of education experts will provide a comprehensive evaluation based on The Standards-Based Teaching/Learning Cycle (second edition) research basis, and the Colorado Standards and Indicators for Continuous School Improvement.

The school review process includes an intensive site visit with instructional observations, document review, and stakeholder interviews followed by a detailed report based on the rubric with recommendations for research-based steps to improve school performance. This summary report is shared with the charter board.

The seven evaluated standards are:
1. Curriculum and Instruction Planning
2. Best First Instruction
3. Assessment and Use of Data
4. Tiers of Support (include charter relations regarding SPED)
5. School Culture
6. Professional Learning
7. Continuous Improvement Planning

Improvement Planning: A League consultant will spend three consecutive days on-site assisting the school with completion of the improvement plan. This will include a review of student performance data, identification of trends and performance challenges, prioritization of performance challenges, root cause analysis, target setting, action planning, and planning for progress monitoring.

Early Implementation
A League consultant will conduct 3 non-consecutive days of on-site implementation support which may include staff professional development workshops, instructional coaching, leadership coaching, or progress monitoring tasks. This could also include a combination of on-site and virtual coaching to increase the number of hours available. Early implementation supports will be determined after external review and improvement planning.

Total Cost - $26,000

500-1000 Students:

Strategic Design/Improvement Planning:
Includes facilitation of evidence-based practices for data review, root cause analysis, goal setting, and action planning in the following areas:
Climate, culture, and family and community engagement
Instructional Effectiveness: Standards Based Teaching and Learning Cycle (unit/lesson planning and DDI), Instructional Delivery, Instructional Leadership (obs/feedback and data coaching)
Leadership (systems thinking and change management)

Initial School Visit
Tour the school and meet with staff to benchmark culture, assess climate and culture, and begin to build staff relationships

School Culture
Identify a school culture committee and work to create tier one student expectations and classroom management procedures that will be equitably applied across all classrooms.
-3 hour planning meeting with committee
-4 hour training for all teachers
-9 hours (3 hours x 3 rounds) Instructional Rounds 3 guided rounds focused on school culture
-10 hours follow up Rounds not guided will include a virtual report out to consultants. Consultants will assist in identifying teachers who need 1-on-1 coaching and support leadership to develop a coaching plan.

Developing the Standards Based Teaching and Learning Cycle in Mathematics and ELA
Consultants will work with leadership and staff on the standards based teaching and learning cycle starting with unit/lesson planning and data team meetings. This will be a gradual release process where consultants will be onsite once a week until leadership is effectively implementing on their own. Consultants will train leadership using the see it, name it, do it process: Consultants will model approaches, leaders will observe and completing a norming session, consultants will observe leadership and provide feedback. The cycle will include:
- Determining what to teach using district pacing guide and standards (Monday meetings)
- Determining how to teach it using best practices (Monday meetings)
- Collaborative planning once a week. (Planning time)
- Assessing data team (Planning time)
- Action plan from data team (Planning time)

Leadership Development
8 sessions, 4 hours, once a month on the following topics: School Culture, Rigorous Instruction, Parent and Family Engagement, Preparing Effective Professional Development, Cultural Leadership, and System Thinking.

Total Cost - $73,000

1000+ Students:

Implementation of Data Team Protocols

June, 2018 for 4 hours: 6 Step Weekly Data Team Meeting Protocol
August, September, and October, 2018
o 5 hours: Formative Assessment PD
o 7 hours: Model and Facilitation of data team meetings
o 7 hours: Observation of data team meetings
o 3 hours: Virtual data team meeting debrief with each PLC Leader
o 1.5 hours: 2 phone calls for school leadership coaching
December, 2018 for 4 hours: 4 Step Going Deeper with Interim Assessments
January, February, March, 2019:
o 7 hours: Model and Facilitate interim assessment data meetings
o 7 hours: Observe data team meetings
o 3 hours: Virtual data team meeting debrief with each PLC Leader
o 1.5 hours: 2 phone calls for school leadership coaching

Total Cost - $7,500

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