2009 Rocky Mountain Teacher Fair

Step 2: Obtain Assistance/Feedback

At this stage of development, the applicant team should be finalizing their research on curriculum models, best practices in various areas, state requirements such as Colorado Model Content Standards and the Colorado Growth Model, PARCC and other required assessments, Open Meetings law, and the legal areas they will need to address such federal laws as IDEA, background checks, suspension and expulsion, and other related areas. The charter application should be in the final stages of development, ready to submit for a more formal review and revision. Once the first review is completed by The League, developers will be provided feedback for suggested revisions and suggestions around areas that need more development. This  feedback may indicate that more time is needed to conduct research, to receive mentoring from other quality schools or to receive more training in critical areas. Sometimes the feedback might include a suggestion to delay opening by a year so that the developers can spend the time needed to better flesh out areas of the application that had significant weaknesses- especially if they were in critical areas of the application.  Ultimately, all of this feedback from the application review is designed to give the developers the greatest likelihood of opening a quality school.

This is a critical time for developers to continue building a relationship with their authorizer, to increase their knowledge through attendance at workshops and trainings, to build connections with other successful charter schools, and to reach out to the greater community to build awareness, gain support and seek additional funding as needed.

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