Strategic Plan

Mission

The Ferris State University Charter Schools Office focuses on student success and continuous improvement through quality oversight, professional learning opportunities, and relevant resources for its authorized public school academies.

Vision

Ferris State University will authorize public school academies that promise to transform the lives of students by demonstrating high-quality performance.

Core Values

Core Strategies

Stephen Covey reminds us to "begin with the end in mind". For the Charter Schools Office (CSO), our end is the Big Hairy Audacious Goal established August 2015:

The Ferris State University Charter Schools Office will be nationally recognized as one of Michigan's top charter school authorizing agencies

To achieve this goal, four Core Strategies, aligned with the CSO and FSU Core Values have been developed:

Action Areas are aligned with the Core Strategies and divided by Year 1, Year 2, Year 3.

Excellence

Refine, communicate, and implement high standards for all areas of both academy and CSO performance that promote continual improvement and growth. Key Descriptors: accountability, growth, oversight, capacity, best practices, lifelong learning, innovation, quality, skills, value added, diversity

Academic Achievement Initiatives Measures of Success FSU And CSO Core Values
  • Implement NWEA MAP assessment in all FSU academies done
  • Revise Academic Performance Report (Rollout Fall 2016)
  • Analyze M-STEP data for improvement
  • Develop academy curriculum review strategy
  • Revamp Contractual Educational Goals done
  • Transition to SAT/PSAT
  • Revise Definition of Quality
  • All academies fall 2015 testing during assigned window
  • Revised Academic Performance Report will be distributed Fall 2016
  • All or most academies will see improved performance
  • CSO/SOE will collaborate to develop academy curriculum review protocol for pilot in summer, 2016
  • Revised Contractual Educational Goals distributed to all academies fall 2015
  • CSO will develop protocol for rollout and reporting of SAT/PSAT by August 1, 2016
  • The revised Definition of Quality will be distributed Fall 2016
  • Diversity (FSU and CSO)s
  • Excellence (FSU and CSO)
  • Learning (FSU)
  • Student Learning (CSO)
  • Accountability (CSO)

 

External Review of CSO Procedures/Practices Measures of Success FSU And CSO Core Values
  • Contract with recognized leader in charter school movement to review CSO (Darlene Chambers) procedures/practices done
  • Align External Review format with AdvancEd authorizer accreditation process outline
  • Collaboratively develop an action plan around identified opportunities for growth in processes/procedures/policies in External Review Report and embed in CSO Strategic Plan done
  • Contract initiated and implemented done
  • External Review report aligned with AdvanceEd process outline done
  • Action Plan developed and integrated with CSO Strategic Plan done
  • Diversity (FSU and CSO)
  • Excellence (FSU and CSO)
  • Learning (FSU)
  • Student Learning (CSO)
  • Accountability (CSO)

 

Internal Systemic Review of CSO Procedures/Processes Measures of Success FSU And CSO Core Values
  • Establish internal Extra-Duty Position to oversee internal process review (Mindy Britton) done
  • Revise Reauthorization/Mid-Contract Visitation Process to align with AdvancEd Format (Rollout 9/1/16)
  • Revise/strengthen Invigorating Excellence Process (Rollout Spring Briefing 5/18/16)
  • Revise Charter Application Process (Rollout Fall 2016)
  • Revise/update charter contracts (Rollout 5/1/16)
  • Review/revise/implement internal process reviews
  • Review/update policies and documentation
  • Revise school opening protocol
  • Identify evaluation and data analyses processes and instruments
  • Integrate the use of Epicenter into internal practices/processes
  • Internal Extra-Duty Position established done
  • Visitation Processes revised and presented by 9/1/16
  • Invigorating Excellence Process revised and presented at 5/18/16 Spring Briefing
  • Revised application and process ready for rollout Fall 2016
  • Revised contracts used for reauthorized academies with terms beginning 7/1/16
  • Revised policies and documentation used for reauthorized academies with terms beginning 7/1/16
  • CSO Process Manual in place by 7/1/16
  • Protocol reviewed and endorsed by Executive Leadership Team and Invigorating Excellence team by 10/1/16
  • Evaluation Process and instruments ready for use for 2016-2017
  • Use of Epicenter is evident in the CSO Process Manual
  • Diversity (FSU and CSO)
  • Excellence (FSU and CSO)
  • Learning (FSU)
  • Student Learning (CSO)
  • Accountability (CSO)

Leadership

Cultivate integrity and trust with all stakeholders through transparency, honesty, effective communications, collaboration, and support of quality opportunities for growth and development. Key Descriptors: collaboration, consensus building, unity, vision, teamwork, professionalism, integrity, partnerships, sustainability

Develop and Strengthen Professional Development Opportunities for CSO Stakeholders Measures of Success FSU And CSO Core Values
  • Strengthen academy board training/governance
    • Continue development/expansions of online modules
    • Webinar development
    • Face-to-face workshops, including Board Presidents annual training (2016)
    • Develop strategies of support for new/poor performing boards
  • Continue development/expansion of BEST Leadership Program and School Leadership Institute
  • Continue development of workshops/webinars around NWEA, assessment, curriculum, and PLCs
  • CSO Staff plans/schedules for professional development (Spring 2016 Annual Reviews)
  • Develop external professional development calendar for 2016-2017
  • Current online modules will be updated by 7/1/16
  • New online modules will be in development by 8/1/16
  • BEST Leadership Program will be implemented Summer 2016
  • School Leadership Program will be scheduled for 2016-2017
  • Professional development opportunities will be determined by need and scheduled as appropriate
  • CSO Staff will be required to submit log of PD at annual evaluation and plan for upcoming year
  • Professional development calendar posted to the CSO website by 8/1/16 and distributed to all external CSO stakeholders
  • Ethical Community (FSU)
  • Collaboration (FSU)
  • Collaborative Working Environment (CSO)
  • Integrity and Trust (CSO)

Resources

Develop, prioritize, and utilize resources to sustain core CSO mission and promote rapid response to changing needs of stakeholders and the charter school landscape. Key Descriptors: opportunities, value, sustainability, budget

Assure CSO Resource Alignment with Stated Mission and Vision Measures of Success FSU And CSO Core Values
  • Analyze personnel needs in relation to resources, mission, vision and area needs
  • Establish/fill School Support Specialist Position (by 2/1/16) done
  • Fill Associate Director position (by 7/30/16)
  • Establish Visitation Chair position done
  • Develop CSO capacity to provide “Relevant Resources” to those academies in the portfolio exhibiting difficulty meeting Educational Goals
  • c. Align resources for CSO staff professional development
  • School Support Specialist completed orientation and onboard by 3/1/16
  • Request to fill Associate Director made to Provost and position posted by 3/1/16
  • Interviews held and Associate Director position filled by 7/30/16
  • Visitation Chair duties incorporated into field representative position
  • 2016-2017 Budget complete by 6/30/16 with rollout 7/1/16
  • Opportunity (FSU and CSO)

Outreach

Increase collaboration internally (FSU departments) and externally (other authorizers, Michigan Department of Education, National Association of Charter School Authorizers, National Charter School Institute, etc.) to accomplish the mission and vision of Ferris State University and the CSO. Key Descriptors: partnerships, cooperation

Strengthen Internal/External Collaboration Measures of Success FSU And CSO Core Values
  • Establish/expand Woodbridge Promise Program with FSU Office of Transfer and secondary school partnerships (Summer 2016)
  • Strengthen relationship between CSO and School of Education
  • Establish academy curriculum review/development project w/School of Education (SOE)
  • Host Charter Schools Office/School of Education Open House (Spring 2016) done
  • Establish BEST Leadership Program with assistance from FSU Extended and International Operations(Summer 2016)
  • Strengthen relationships with FSU Offices including, but not limited to:
  • President’s Office
  • Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Administration and Finance
  • Advancement and Marketing
  • Strengthen relationships with Education Service Providers (ESPs)
  • Tag team resources
  • Collaboration based on need
  • Improve communication through updated website
  • Collaborate with other State authorizers
  • Strengthen relationships with MDE
  • Review/revised CSO report documents (Annual Report, Academic Performance Report, Assessment Summaries, etc.)
  • Two sites will be operating summer 2016, with minimum of 10 students at each site
  • Summer 2016 Curriculum “Bootcamp” pilot project with SOE will be operating Summer 2016
  • Host luncheon for SOE staff-Meet/Greet by end of spring 2016 semester (Mid-March/Early April 2016)
  • Course will run 6/27/16-8/5/16 with at least 5 participants
  • There will be increased communication, CSO quality and training, and awareness and use of FSU policies
  • Less charter “controversy”
  • Evidence of increased reliance on CSO for info and direction
  • Collaborative development on School Reform/Turnaround plans for low performers
  • Evidence of increased communication and alignment of resources and services
  • Website info will be a priority for CSO staff with frequent updates and refreshing
  • Evidence of shared resources (workshops, programs, etc.)
  • Evidence of increased communication/collaboration
  • All reports will be renamed and/or reevaluated by 9/1/16
  • Collaboration (FSU)
  • Collaborative Working Environment (CSO)

Excellence

Refine, communicate, and implement high standards for all areas of both academy and CSO performance that promote continual improvement and growth. Key Descriptors: accountability, growth, oversight, capacity, best practices, lifelong learning, innovation, quality, skills, value added, diversity

Academic Achievement Initiatives Measures of Success FSU And CSO Core Values
  • Review Year One initiatives for further implementation
  • Open Charter Application Window and implement revised charter application procedure and process for academies to open in Fall 2017 or 2018 (Fall 2016)
  • Implement/expand academy curriculum review initiatives
  • Establish academy “Performance Suite” reports: academic/fiscal/compliance (Fall 2016)
  • Through the Invigorating Excellence initiative, the CSO will provide targeted assistance to low-performing academies.
  • Review/share academy best practices for student achievement
  • Establish data warehouse for storage of academy student performance data
  • Completion/resumption of carryover initiatives from Year One
  • No later than the end of October 2016, the CSO will open an application window and take applications for Part 6a public school academy
  • There will be continued collaboration with SOE, expansion of pilot curriculum project as deemed appropriate
  • 2015-16 Academic Performance Reports will contain additional information of the financial and compliance performance of all FSU academies as well a student achievement
  • There will be a higher percentage of academies meeting Contractual Goals
  • Establishment of forum for academies to share/discuss successful strategies/practices
  • Establishment of data warehouse by 9/1/16
  • Diversity (FSU and CSO)
  • Excellence (FSU and CSO)
  • Learning (FSU)
  • Student Learning (CSO)
  • Accountability (CSO)
External Review of CSO Procedures/Practices Measures of Success FSU And CSO Core Values
  • Review Year One initiatives for further implementation
  • Submit AdvancED Accreditation Application (Fall 2016)
  • Prepare for AdvancED Accreditation Visitation (Fall/Winter 2016-17)
  • AdvancED Accreditation Visitation (Winter 2017)
  • Completion/resumption of carryover initiatives from Year One
  • AdvancEd self-study instrument and formal request for Accreditation Review will be completed and submitted
  • Receive notification that the FSU CSO application had been accepted, and a date for the visitation is scheduled
Internal Systemic Review of CSO Procedures/Processes Measures of Success FSU And CSO Core Values
  • Review Year One initiatives for further implementation
  • Continue implementation of systemic review of CSO procedures/processes
  • Develop action plan for areas identified by AdvancED review
  • Align resources to support action plan of AdvancED Review
  • Implement evaluation and data analyses processes and instruments
  • Completion/resumption of carryover initiatives from Year One
  • Annual review of Process Manual will be underway
  • Action plan to identify processes/policies with appropriate timeline for implementation will be completed
  • The assignment of resources will be part of the AdvancED Action Plan
  • Compilation of workshop/webinar reviews and satisfaction surveys will be accomplished

Leadership

Cultivate integrity and trust with all stakeholders through transparency, honesty, effective communications, collaboration, and support of quality opportunities for growth and development. Key Descriptors: collaboration, consensus building, unity, vision, teamwork, professionalism, integrity, partnerships, sustainability

Develop and Strengthen Professional Development Opportunities for CSO Stakeholders Measures of Success FSU And CSO Core Values
  • Review Year One initiatives for further implementation
  • Ensure all School Support Specialist interventions align with revised Invigorating Excellence Program-Targeted Assistance Program (Fall 2016)
  • Establish monthly webinar series around academic achievement initiatives
  • Respond proactively to changes in State assessment program
  • Develop comprehensive communication plan
  • Completion/resumption of carryover initiatives from Year One
  • Comprehensive improvement plans will be completed and increased improvement at targeted academies is evidence
  • Webinar schedule will be completed and executed
  • Due to continuous monitoring, the CSO will have capacity to alter contractual educational goals to align with changes in State within weeks after their adoption
  • CSO policies/procedures/contracts will be revised to accommodate changes in State assessment program
  • Completion of comprehensive communication plan to stakeholders

Resources

Develop, prioritize, and utilize resources to sustain core CSO mission and promote rapid response to changing needs of stakeholders and the charter school landscape. Key Descriptors: opportunities, value, sustainability, budget

Assure CSO Resource Alignment with Stated Mission and Vision Measures of Success FSU And CSO Core Values
  • Review Year One initiatives for further implementation
  • Completion/resumption of carryover initiatives from Year One

Outreach

Increase collaboration internally (FSU departments) and externally (other authorizers, Michigan Department of Education, National Association of Charter School Authorizers, National Charter School Institute, etc.) to accomplish the mission and vision of Ferris State University and the CSO. Key Descriptors>: partnerships, cooperation

Strengthen Internal/External Collaboration Measures of Success FSU And CSO Core Values
  • Review Year One initiatives for further implementation
  • Continue development and implementation of on-line Woodbridge Promise Program   (Fall 2016)
  • Incorporate School of Education Staff in visitation reviews
  • Continue to expand BEST Leadership Program for credit within School of Education (National/International)
  • Implement curriculum bootcamps in collaboration with School of Education based on specific academy need
  • Host Charter Schools Office/School of Education Bus Tour (Fall 2016)
  • Align CSO practices with FSU policies and procedures
  • Completion/resumption of carryover initiatives from Year One
  • CSO will run online course with Transfer and Secondary School Partnership office with at least 12 enrollments
  • Faculty from SOE will accompany CSO personnel on at least 2 school visitations
  • BEST Leadership program will open to national cohort
  • Curriculum Bootcamps from pilot project will expand by 2-3 academies
  • CSO and SOE personnel will collaborate on day-long bus tour of selected academies
  • Practices will be streamlined in a more timely and consistent manner

Excellence

Refine, communicate, and implement high standards for all areas of both academy and CSO performance that promote continual improvement and growth. Key Descriptors: accountability, growth, oversight, capacity, best practices, lifelong learning, innovation, quality, skills, value added, diversity

Academic Achievement Initiatives Measures of Success FSU And CSO Core Values
  • Review Year Two initiatives for further implementation
  • Utilize revamped school opening protocol
  • Successful opening of any new academies approved from Fall 2016 application window
  • Ensure proper support/personnel in place to ensure increased student achievement in all FSU academies
  • Establish new application window for Fall 2018 or 2019
  • Completion/resumption of carryover initiatives from Year One & Two
  • New opening protocol will be incorporated into CSO application process and Phase 1 application
  • Academies will open in accordance with new CSO academy opening protocol
  • There will be an increase in percentage of academies meeting Contractual Goals
  • Total review of academy support and alignment with CSO personnel delivery strategies will be completed
  • Reevaluation of entire CSO portfolio determination of Invigorating Excellence Program success will be completed
  • No later than the end of October 2017, the CSO will open an application window and take applications for Part 6a public school academy
External Review of CSO Procedures/Practices Measures of Success FSU And CSO Core Values
  • Review Year Two initiatives for further implementation
  • Continue implementation strategies of areas identified for improvement by AdvancED Review and integrate with Strategic Plan
  • Completion/resumption of carryover initiatives from Year One & Two
  • AdvancED areas suggested for improvement will be identified and strategies will be incorporated into CSO Strategic Plan
Internal Systemic Review of CSO Procedures/Processes Measures of Success >FSU And CSO Core Values
  • Review Year Two initiatives for further implementation
  • Complete review and update of internal procedures and areas identified for improvement by AdvancEd         
  • Develop continuous improvement process for internal processes and Vision, Mission and Core Values and Strategic Plan
  • Develop and incorporate 20th Anniversary logo in all CSO publications and website
  • Completion/resumption of carryover initiatives from Year One & Two
  • Process manual updated consistent with AdvancED recommendations
  • The CSO will schedule and implement review times within the calendar year for continual process review
  • All CSO publications and website will include 20th Anniversary logo/recognition

Leadership

Cultivate integrity and trust with all stakeholders through transparency, honesty, effective communications, collaboration, and support of quality opportunities for growth and development. Key Descriptors: collaboration, consensus building, unity, vision, teamwork, professionalism, integrity, partnerships, sustainability

Develop and Strengthen Professional Development Opportunities for CSO Stakeholders Measures of Success >FSU And CSO Core Values
  • Review Year Two initiatives for further implementation
  • Develop Charter School Leadership Certificate Program for board members/school leaders/management company representatives in collaboration with School of Education
  • Plan/align CSO 20th Anniversary celebration with professional development opportunities CSO stakeholders
  • Completion/resumption of carryover initiatives from Year One & Two
  • Develop a Certificate Program for academy board members/school leaders/management company representatives by spring 2018, in collaboration with the School of Education
  • Successfully host CSO 20th Anniversary celebration with all CSO stakeholders

Resources

Develop, prioritize, and utilize resources to sustain core CSO mission and promote rapid response to changing needs of stakeholders and the charter school landscape. Key Descriptors: opportunities, value, sustainability, budget

Assure CSO Resource Alignment with Stated Mission and Vision Measures of Success >FSU And CSO Core Values
  • Review Year Two initiatives for further implementation
  • Re-analyze/adjust personnel needs in relation to resources, Mission, Vision and specific area/academy needs
  • Review division of duties for Compliance Auditor/Board Liaison
  • Completion/resumption of carryover initiatives from Year One & Two
  • Strategic plan will incorporate adjustments relative to CSO resources, Mission/Vision, and specific unmet needs from prior years by 9/1/17

Outreach

Increase collaboration internally (FSU departments) and externally (other authorizers, Michigan Department of Education, National Association of Charter School Authorizers, National Charter School Institute, etc.) to accomplish the mission and vision of Ferris State University and the CSO. Key Descriptors: partnerships, cooperation

Strengthen Internal/External Collaboration Measures of Success >FSU And CSO Core Values
  • Review Year Two initiatives for further implementation
  • Determine outreach opportunities in alignment with CSO 20th anniversary celebration(s)
  • Review possible office co-location within School of Education
  • Review collaboration efforts with stakeholders for effectiveness
  • Completion/resumption of carryover initiatives from Year One & Two
  • Successfully provide outreach opportunities throughout the CSO 20th anniversary year
  • Recommendation on co-location completed after discussions with stakeholders
  • Review of the following collaboration efforts will be completed: