Since the State University of New York authorized its first charter school more than 20 years ago, the Institute has come to understand what it takes to create an environment where strong public charter schools can take root and thrive – as evidenced by the academic success of our students.
But we also know that when it comes to serving vulnerable student populations, there is still much to learn.
And that’s the purpose of the Institute’s Active Ingredients project. It is our opportunity to collaborate with likeminded educators and peer authorizers across the nation to explore the unique supports and services that charter schools are using to target the social-emotional health and wellbeing of students. What we consider Active Ingredients components of a school’s program – high intensity special education services, social and emotional learning, health services, social services, etc. – are not academic in nature but target the needs of at-risk students to create the conditions for them to achieve academic excellence.
Our goal: to determine which practices we can credibly count and replicate for the benefit of children everywhere.