Mychal Wynn to Address BCHF All Schools Meeting
BCHF is pleased to announce that famed author and educator Mychal Wynn will serve as keynote speaker for Buckeye Community Hope Foundation's "All Schools" Meeting on September 21, 2016.
Mr. Wynn is the author of 28 books, among these The Eagles who Thought They were Chickens
and Teaching, Parenting, and Mentoring Successful Black Males
. He is the CEO of the Foundation for Ensuring Access and Equity. Mr. Wynn has received international acclaim for his work in assisting schools in becoming "Conversational Communities" that close achievement gaps and inspire students from poverty backgrounds to higher levels of learning.
Registration for the event is now open to Sponsored Schools by contacting Anita McCarty at firstname.lastname@example.org
A lasting memory
Each school year, including 2015-2016, a formal “Hero Dance” is held
for Constellation Schools: Old Brooklyn Community Middle School
students. Students enjoy the opportunity
to dress in their finest and dance the
night away with their heroes.
Principal Cherie Kaiser describes it as
a “very special night.” Raffle tickets for a variety of prizes are
sold to students, who have been
particularly eager to win the
opportunity to shadow the principal,
and assistant principal, for the day.
Last year’s student winners – fourth grader
Kallie Yeager and third-grader
Joey Chech – joined Principal Kaiser in walk-throughs and filled out
reflection sheets as they visited classrooms. Buckeye Community
Hope Foundation Regional Representative Joe Calinger spent time
with the students and explained the role of a charter school sponsor.
The students’ biggest surprise from the experience was that
principals never stop working all day!
All hands on deck!
A special thank you to school leaders who
provided professional and timely responses
to the many requests made in July as a part
of the compliance component of Buckeye
Community Hope Foundation’s (BCHF)
sponsor performance assessment by the
Ohio Department of Education (ODE).
As previously reported, state laws require
all charter school sponsors to be assessed
on performance in three key areas – school
academic performance, quality authorizer
practices and school/sponsor compliance –
and rated by ODE. Statutory incentives are
provided to highly rated sponsors and their
sponsored schools, while penalties are in
place for low-performing sponsors.
Sponsor ratings for both the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years will
be released in October. School report card data will be used to
calculate school academic performance component scores.
Documentation provided earlier this year by BCHF for the quality
authorizer practices components filled nine four-inch binders for the
2014-2015 assessment and 16 for 2015-2016.
Although H.B. 2, which mandated changes to Ohio’s sponsor
performance assessment, was approved by the Ohio General
Assembly on October 7, a draft compliance monitoring tool was not
provided by ODE until mid-May – more than seven months after
passage of the bill. The final document was not released until June 30
– nearly nine months after the legislation was approved and five
months after the bill was enacted.
On July 6, ODE hosted a webinar to
review the compliance monitoring
tool and process; however,
participants were not permitted to
ask questions during the session.
Answers to questions submitted to
ODE in writing were not provided
until a week later, leaving only 13
business days for sponsors to comply.
BCHF was required to assess and
report on verification of more than
300 compliance items for each
sponsored school – more than 5,000
“tasks” were uploaded in ODE’s
Epicenter data system. That’s 5,000
“tasks,” not pages! In some cases,
individual tasks required documents
of up to 100 pages, including some previously submitted to ODE.
The BCHF Education Division team appreciates the necessary
assistance in gathering and reporting all the required documentation
and information provided by school leaders – on short notice and
during the one month of the year that generally allows for a slow
down in their busy schedules. July is typically a time for overseeing
facility improvements, brainstorming new ideas, planning new
initiatives, engaging in professional development and, perhaps,
enjoying bit of personal down time.
A special thanks, too, to dropout recovery school leaders who were
required to again complete and submit applications to receive the
DORP school designation required to be assessed using the new
DORP school report card – regardless of previous DORP
designations and the fact that school sponsor contracts clearly reflect
the DORP designation.