Kevin Teasley on meeting with with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan

Last week I participated in a meeting with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan in Washington, DC. It was an honor just to be called – and an overwhelming honor to be the only Hoosier invited to participate! Fifty other educational organizations attended this meeting that was to springboard Secretary Duncan’s initiative to improve education in urban centers.

Our successes in GEO Foundation’s four urban charter schools urge us toward further improvement — and to share with you some of what I learned in Washington:

The day’s meetings were all about school turnarounds and how to achieve them. Secretary Duncan has made this a top four priority and he wants to engage charter school management organizations to help.

The main challenges will be (1) how “turnarounds” can be funded and (2) in defining performance. A question that recurred throughout the meetings was: if states or districts are funded for this purpose, will the agenda be carried out? Or, will it be co-opted by those very states and districts? I recommended putting out an RFP that allows turn around organizations to compete to receive dollars directly. They will then have to find a district willing to work with outside forces to receive the funds and do the work.

On the performance side, education leaders need work toward the retention of students, just as much as test performance. We don’t want to set up a system so focused on test scores that it actually incentivizes schools to kick out low performers. Schools need to be measured both on academic and retention performance.

Data discussed at the meetings revealed that high performing charter schools…

  • have regular data “checkups” and provide teachers specific guidance and expectations for growth for each week and month and then check in to see if the goals were met. Teacher improvement plans are very short–6 weeks.

  • have an extended day averaging 90 minutes more than traditional schools.

  • are getting new talent from the New Teacher Project or Teach for America. They also hire experienced teachers. They don’t get their teachers from schools of education.

  • are very strict on dress code.

  • very strict on homework. If teachers assign it, and students don’t do it, students must stay after school for one full hour that day or the very next day.

  • report that teachers and principals make frequent home visits to get the parents on their side.

  • have merit pay and pay teachers more for performance on test scores.

Aplica Ahora

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GEO Prep Academy utilizará el sistema en línea EnrollBR para el proceso de inscripción 2021-2022. EnrollBR es un proceso de solicitud común que brinda ayuda a las familias con la correcta elección de la escuela que satisfará las necesidades que sus hijos tengan. Los padres deben seguir las instrucciones a continuación para registrarse para el año escolar 2020-2021.

  1. Haga clic aquí para ir directamente a EnrollBR y comenzar su aplicación.
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Para el año escolar 2020-2021, GEO Prep Academy inscribirá los grados K – 8o. Las escuelas están ubicadas en:

  • Grados K-2do – 4006 Platt, Baton Rouge, LA 70814
  • 3ro – 8vo Grados – 2311 N. Sherwood Forest Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Para obtener información sobre cómo inscribirse en el actual año escolar, comuníquese con la escuela. Se puede contactar a ambas escuelas al número (225) 927-1500.

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GEO Prep Academy will be utilizing the EnrollBR online system for the 2021-2022 enrollment process. EnrollBR is a common application process that assists families with school choice to meet the needs of their child(ren). Parents should follow the below directions to register for the 2020-2021 school year.

  1. Click Here to go directly to EnrollBR and begin your application.
  2. You will need an email address. If you do not have one, there are instructions to help you set up a Google Gmail Account. Click here
  3. For instructions on completing the enrollment application beforehand, Click Here

For the 2020-2021 school year, GEO Prep Academy will be enrolling grades K – 8. The schools are located at:

  • K-2nd Grades – 4006 Platt, Baton Rouge, LA 70814
  • 3rd – 8th Grades – 2311 N. Sherwood Forest Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815

For information on enrolling this current school year, please contact the school. Both schools can be contacted at (225) 927-1500.