Guiding Principles

The following Guiding Principles are the core values that define Education One, as a charter school authorizer.  These Principles drive our decision making, process for continuous improvement, and authorizing policies for Education One.

Students First:  Education One always assesses whether its actions will prepare students for success in higher education, their careers, and life.  We believe that by putting students and families first, schools, and the communities in which they serve, will thrive!

High Expectations:  Education One expects the charter schools it authorizes to set high achievement expectations, develop ways to engage families and the community, and adhere to high ethical standards. Education One establishes high performance expectations, engagement plans, and ethical values for itself by adhering to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) principles and standards.

Educator’s Lens:  Education One is an authorizing office made up of only educators, with a variety of experiences in education working as teachers, instructional coaches, building principals, curriculum developers, and regional academic support leaders.  It is through the lens of the educator that Education One establishes intentional and purposeful procedures and structures for its portfolio of charter schools.

Commitment to Innovation:  Education One is particularly interested in operators that show strong potential to accelerate student success through the use of technology in the classroom, take home technology, year-round school calendars, online, STEAM, and blended learning models, as well as other innovative approaches to education.

Partnership and Collaboration:  As a university authorizer, Education One recognizes the resources that being a part of a larger campus culture can provide to its schools in order to benefit students.  Education One partners with university groups to contribute resources  that align with the unique needs of each school.  These can include clothing and school supply drives, campus field trips, extra-curricular fundraising, and internship opportunities.

Continuous Improvement:  Education One is committed to continuous improvement in authorizing. Through reflection, Education One utilizes data and stakeholder feedback to adjust its processes in order to create polices that are purposeful and intentional and support schools in fulfilling their mission.

Protecting School Autonomy: Education One values the professionalism of the staff and leaders at its charter schools and believes that they know how to best serve their students and families to ensure their success.  As a partner, Education One works with schools to understand their specific needs and the direction they are working to move towards by providing support and/or resources to help schools reach their goals, whenever possible.

Support and Advance Charter School Law:  Education One works closely with state legislators and charter school leaders to support and advance laws that benefit the charter school movement as a whole, as well as the individual schools within its portfolio.

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