What is Georgia’s Charter School Incubator?
A new source of assistance and support for member schools
A much-needed pipeline for innovative ideas and practical solutions
A comprehensive, turnkey charter school development program
A new initiative of the Georgia Charter Schools Association
How does the Incubator work?
Board Training and Development
Working with mission-driven boards to develop, document and implement innovative and high-performing new schools and programs.
During the six-month initial development phase, school teams will undergo intensive training, focused on creating a strong board, a solid school plan, and a winning charter petition. Teams will work with successful applicants, examine case studies, hear from guest lecturers and draft and revise each section of their school plan, from school mission, vision and culture, to finance, facilities, and curriculum. As part of development, school teams will visit high-performing schools to observe strong leadership and good governance in practice. School teams will work collaboratively, creating a network of emerging leaders focused on serving the students who need the most support. Incubator staff will guide and support each cohort of new leaders as they develop an organic and powerful detailed plan.
By developing strong school leaders and making strong leaders even stronger through a one-year paid fellowship combining training, coaching, mentoring, and real-world experience
Future school leaders will enter the incubator fellowship program, a 12-month intensive training experience that matches rising leaders with established principals locally and provides opportunities for learning and developing skills at high-performing schools across the country. Depending on their level of experience, fellows may spend time working and learning alongside strong principals in Georgia, receiving personalized training and coaching as they further develop their skills and their school plan, connecting with the communities they will serve, and forming professional relationships that will continue to provide meaningful support after their school has opened.
Meaningful Support Before and After Opening
By supporting approved schools through their planning year and providing back-office services during their first year
Incubated school teams will continue to receive support through New Schools for Georgia and the Georgia Charter Schools Association throughout their post-approval period (often referred to as “Year Zero”). This support will take many forms and is based on each schools’ needs as defined by their school plans. New Schools for Georgia anticipates providing Year Zero assistance in the following areas:
- Board Training
- Policy Development
- Design and Implementation of Financial Processes
- Facilities Acquisition
- Strategic Planning
- State Requirements
- Student Information Systems
- Grant Location and Application
- Professional Development
By providing Back Office Financial Services
New Schools for Georgia and the Georgia Charter Schools Association will continue to work with incubated schools after they have opened for a minimum of one year, supporting schools in the following areas:
- Grants Management
- Accounts Payable
- Accounts Receivable
- Payroll Processing
- Data Management
- Executive Coaching
The When and How
New Incubator school teams are selected throughout the year, new incubator cohorts begin each July 1st. Most Incubator school teams are selected from Charter Start participants, and the first, development phase builds on the work done in Charter Start.
Incubator cohorts will contain a minimum of five school teams. Each school team should have at least four members, committed individuals with vision, drive and diverse talents and backgrounds. During the initial development phase, teams will meet and work together for a minimum of two hours each week, through out the six-month incubation process and should expect to spend several additional hours developing plans outside of the weekly meeting.
There is no charge to school teams for Incubation, nor for the fellowship, but there is a minimal charge for back-office services provided in Year Three.
Existing schools are encouraged to apply in order to incubate expansion of existing successful programs locally and/or nationally.