Giving Compass' Take:

• Uncommon Schools, a network of charter schools in Newark, recently provided training to public school teachers. This is a step in the right direction toward educators working together for a common goal. 

• How can donors help to inspire school districts to work together? How can we lessen the divide?

Here's why states and districts should give public charter schools access to facilities.


Dozens of Newark Public Schools teachers got a crash course in reading instruction Wednesday that, on the surface, looked like a typical training.

Seated around tables in the Elliott Street School cafeteria in Newark’s North Ward, the educators underlined key lines in a piece of academic writing — a critical skill for students trying to make sense of a complicated reading. They learned how to gauge the difficulty of a text, which they practiced on a passage from an Edgar Allan Poe story. And they watched a video of a teacher “aggressively monitoring” her students’ reading by asking probing questions and recording their answers.

But this workshop came with a twist: The instructors, materials, and videos were provided by Uncommon Schools, a network of charter schools — schools that are often viewed as district rivals, not partners.

Read the full article about charter schools helping teachers in Newark by Patrick Wall at Chalkbeat