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Massachusetts Charter Schools

Charter Schools Best Practices

The Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 allowed for the creation of Commonwealth and Horace Mann charter schools: new kinds of public schools, operating under five-year charters granted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and directly overseen by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE). In part, charter schools were established to "stimulate the development of innovative programs within public education" and to provide "models for replication in other public schools."

This online database provides the means to search by charter school, topic, and keyword for information about the innovative best practices shared by charter schools and district partners. Each profile provides summary information about the practice or activity, web-based and other resources to support implementation, and contact information.

We also encourage you to read the Download MS WORD Document Best Practices and Dissemination Activity Guide featuring several of these practices. We hope that showcasing these practices and partnerships can further the important dialogue that is necessary between educators in all types of public schools to support achievement at the highest levels for all students in the Commonwealth.

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Charter SchoolBest Practice
Academy Of the Pacific Rim Charter Public SchoolBuilding Character and Achieving Academic Success
Academy Of the Pacific Rim Charter Public SchoolCreating Positive School Culture through Character Education
Academy Of the Pacific Rim Charter Public SchoolSupporting Students to Reach High Standards
Atlantis Charter SchoolWhale of a Mystery Science Curriculum
Benjamin Banneker Charter Public SchoolImproving Student Achievement in Mathematics: A School-wide Approach
Benjamin Banneker Charter Public SchoolContent-Area Professional Development: Science
Benjamin Banneker Charter Public SchoolFacing Restructuring: How a Strong School Faced Failure
Boston Preparatory Charter Public SchoolUsing Data to Drive Instruction
Boston Preparatory Charter Public SchoolA School-Wide Approach to Behavior Management: The Demerit Database
City On A Hill Charter Public SchoolImplementing a Mission-Driven Program
City On A Hill Charter Public SchoolTraining Urban Teachers
Codman Academy Charter Public SchoolTeaching Literacy through Shakespeare
Community Day Charter Public SchoolUsing Data to Drive Instruction
Community Day Charter Public SchoolMeeting the Needs of Students, Families, and the Community
Community Day Charter Public SchoolUsing Community Resources to Enhance the Teaching of History
Community Day Charter Public SchoolOnline Professional Development Program
Community Day Charter Public SchoolReplicating the School Model
Conservatory Lab Charter SchoolMaking Learning Visible
Conservatory Lab Charter SchoolMusic Education
Edward Brooke Charter SchoolImproving Student Achievement in Mathematics: A School-wide Approach
Francis W. Parker Charter Essential SchoolTen Common Principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools
Hill View Montessori Charter Public SchoolCharter School and District Collaboration
Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter SchoolAssessments that Matter for At-Risk Students
Marstons Mills East HM Charter Public SchoolBecoming a Horace Mann Charter Public School
Martha's Vineyard Charter SchoolDifferentiation within the Classroom
MATCH Charter Public High SchoolMATCH Corps Program: Intensive High School Math Tutoring
MATCH Charter Public High SchoolMATCH Corps Program: Courage, Discipline, and Perseverance
MATCH Charter Public High SchoolMATCH Corps Program: The “No Excuses” High School Tutor - Tutoring Teenagers In High-Poverty Schools
North Central Charter Essential SchoolInquiry-based Science Instruction
Prospect Hill Academy Charter SchoolImproving Student Achievement in Mathematics: A School-wide Approach
River Valley Charter SchoolMontessori Made Public
Roxbury Preparatory Charter SchoolRaising Student Achievement School-wide
Roxbury Preparatory Charter SchoolImproving Student Achievement in Mathematics: A School-wide Approach
Sturgis Charter Public SchoolInternational Baccalaureate Program
Sturgis Charter Public SchoolBest Practices in School Governance
Boston Collegiate Charter SchoolKey Design Elements of a Successful College Prep Program

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