A STUDENT-CENTRIC EDUCATION;
A TEACHER-CENTRIC VIEW
At Charter Champions, we know that the surest path for improving education equity in Rochester, is to put the focus on meeting the needs of teachers. When a teacher’s needs are met, from compensation to specialized training for urban environments, our students are guaranteed stability and an education tailored to reach them.
Our objectives are divided into two main groups: one which focuses on the ways charter schools recruit, retain, and reward teachers and support staff, and the second focuses on creating an independent teacher network and professional recognition.
School is short staffed. Other teachers are forced to stretch themselves thin to take on the additional labor. Overtired, more teachers choose to leave the profession. In a shrinking employment pool, the charter school administrator struggles to locate a qualified teacher.
Administrator finds a qualified teacher and hires them. Teacher agrees to the benefits package the school offers. While wage is competitive, benefits include coverage with high out of pocket expense & 401k matching vs. traditional pension.
Teacher integrates into charter school staff. They enjoy more creative control over their curriculum and feel valued by administrative staff. They report high job satisfaction.
A GREAT START
Teacher is hired at an outside establishment, frequently they leave education altogether. Teacher then turns in notice once it’s already too late for administration to find ways to keep their valuable teacher.
A TOUGH CHOICE
Faced with tough choices, the teacher searches for another job with better coverage. Other teachers will choose early retirement.
Life happens. Whether within a teacher’s 1st year with the charter school, or 3rd, or 5th, the teacher or a family member experiences crisis. Often, the teacher pays more out of pocket than they were prepared for. They approach a crossroad where they must choose between a job they love, and their health or their family’s health.
BUILDING A BETTER
Across America, charter schools are facing the same obstacles: getting teachers into classrooms. While this is true across public, charter, and private sectors of education, the shortage is felt most critically in charter schools.
Here at Charter Champions of Rochester, we’re innovating a better teacher pipeline using both short and long term strategies that will not only positively impact local teachers, charter schools, and students, but can be used as a model to address the teaching crisis felt nationwide.
We’re building a full complement of programs to re-envision and re-make the way teachers enter the profession that can be modeled across the country. We’re launching programs that equip teachers with the tools they need to educate Rochester’s most disadvantaged communities, and we’re delivering strategies that make charter schools more attractive to teachers and support staff.
Our approaches are rooted in academic expertise, formed by real experience in the classroom and in the administration of charter schools, and formed by real success.
Charter Champions is confident that once you review our programs and strategies, you’ll come to agree there’s no better time to build a better teacher pipeline together.
Charter Champions is a caring, committed group of trained professionals who support the development of strong, healthy prosperous individuals and communities. Like you, we believe that the economic despair of most urban environments should not be a barrier to success in education.
Last, but certainly not least, Charter Champions is keenly passionate about and ready to address the issues impacting urban youth of color in the Rochester community. Our Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Paul Miller is from those communities and intimately knows the struggles facing students who look like him. Charter Champions is here to offer unflinching and informed support for those schools serving the needs of disadvantaged students of color.
Charter Champions will collaborate to revitalize schools, support leadership, and attract and reward teachers and administrators. We will train those who want to grow and bridge gaps through custom-built networks and programs that increase performance, community presence, funding, and enrollment. Charter schools are the champions of Rochester. And we're here for you. Together, we will enhance the mindset development of students and school systems.
JOB BOARD AND TALENT NETWORK