WRCCS Competencies
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Course DomainTopic GroupCompetency
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AuthorizerCommunity EngagementProvides community resources explaining school options
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AuthorizerLegalEstablishes/reviews charter contract to ensure alignment with WRCCS/DPI benchmarks
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AuthorizerMissionPlans/sets mission for authorizer with clear goals that align with the community and geography allowing autonomy for charter schools
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AuthorizerMissionDevelops/refines authorizer's vision and understanding of legal and philosophical roles and responsibilities
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AuthorizerPerformance MonitoringCreates/refines practices that set high standards for schools and assist schools via corrective action plans, and navigate revocation, or renewal decisions
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AuthorizerPerformance MonitoringUnderstands how to hold charter school accountable to specific measures in contract
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AuthorizerStrategic PlanningCreates/refines annual monitoring of school success, including monitoring tool/rubric
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AuthorizerStrategic PlanningCreates/refines application process, including timeline and priorities
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AuthorizerStrategic PlanningCreates/refines a plan and procedure for soliciting applications for new charter school concepts
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AuthorizerStrategic PlanningCreates/refines a plan and procedure for reviewing new charter school applications
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ClassroomAcademic ProgramCreates/refines a plan for student teacher ratios that support the mission and vision of the charter school.
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ClassroomAcademic ProgramCreates/refines a plan for special education instruction requiring thoughtful attention and resources to meet the needs of diverse learners.
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ClassroomAcademic ProgramCreates/refines a School Improvement Plan in which the academic plan is divided into stages in order to meet goals, consideration is given to changing to meet student need or new directions that support the mission.
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ClassroomAcademic ProgramCreates/refines assessment strategies that align with mission and needs of students
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ClassroomAcademic ProgramDevelops/refines academic program using a school improvement/planning framework that aligns to school mission and vision (EMLSS, Future Ready, etc.)
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ClassroomAcademic ProgramDevelops/refines academic programs that include universal design for learning strategies to support the development of equitable learning opportunities for all students.
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ClassroomAcademic ProgramDevelops/refines academic programs that match the mission and vision of the charter school and well researched academic program that meets identified student needs.
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ClassroomAcademic ProgramDevelops/conducts surveys for both parents and students to support the academic program development and implementation.
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ClassroomAcademic ProgramOutlines/revisits your school's level of student autonomy
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ClassroomCultureCreates/refines a plan to determine social-emotional expectations and resources to support them.
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ClassroomCultureDevelops/implements mechanisms for including all stakeholders; parents, students, staff, and community in developing a positive supportive student learning culture
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ClassroomCultureDevelops/implements practices focused on equity for English Language Learners
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ClassroomCultureDevelops/implements practices focused on equity including support for Special Education students
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ClassroomCultureDevelops/implements practices focused on equity including support for racial/ethnic minority students
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ClassroomCultureDevelops/implements practices focused on equity including support for economically disadvantaged students
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ClassroomCultureDevelops/implements student culture practices and measurement tools
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ClassroomCultureFacilitates mental health supports for students
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ClassroomCultureUses a school improvement framework to gather information and demonstrating both students and teachers alike truly believe in their school's mission, rules, and expectations
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ClassroomFacilitiesOrders appropriate furniture and equipment based on needs and priorities of school/facility
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ClassroomResourcesIdentifies/selects order required materials and equipment
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Classroom
Technology Considerations
Ensures a grading system that clearly communicates student outcomes of the academic programming and ties to DPI information system
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Classroom
Technology Considerations
Investigates/implements content management, data management, and/or learning management systems and electronic portfolios (i.e. Google Classroom, Seesaw, Canvas)
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Classroom
Technology Considerations
Outlines how to facilitate Innovative Digital Citizenship for Students
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Classroom
Technology Considerations
Outlines your level of Blended/Online learning integration
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Classroom
Technology Considerations
Develops/implements a plan for the integration of technology to create equitable learning opportunities.
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Governance BoardBusiness OperationsCreates/implements a communications and marketing action plan – finalize name, create logo, and establish marketing plan for student recruitment and enrollment
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Governance BoardBusiness OperationsCreates/implements a marketing plan including social media, community meetings, Q+A sessions, and materials for distribution.
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Governance BoardBusiness OperationsCreates/refines plan for auditing, reviewing, and reporting on finances annually.
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Governance BoardBusiness OperationsExamines/finalizes the potential needs for contracting out services to support business operations
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Governance BoardBusiness OperationsOutlines/defines how the charter school business plan supports the school mission, student achievement, and stakeholder satisfaction.
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Governance BoardCommunity EngagementCreates/refines plan for how to engage community partners and volunteers in collaborating with your school
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Governance BoardCultureDefines/revisits what leadership means in relation to the charter school organizational structure.
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Governance BoardCultureDevelops/revisits methods and mechanisms to provide the communication necessary to transparently express vision and ideas to board members, teachers, students, and parents
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Governance BoardEffective GovernanceClarifies/revisits the board's role in governance (not management) of the school. Autonomy is developed and extended to school leaders and teachers to make curricular decisions, hire staff, manage day-to-day affairs of the school, interact with parents, report to the board, implement the board's suggestions and strategies
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Governance BoardEffective GovernanceCreates/refines a system to recognize school operational deadlines and dates while following recommended DPI reporting and filing.
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Governance BoardEffective GovernanceEnsures/confirms the governance board fully understands its role and responsibilities
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Governance BoardEffective GovernanceEstablishes/refines effective procedures for how the board functions. ( ex. set goals and create metrics for measurement, approve budget, create school policies, know local and state charter school laws, and fundraise for the school.)
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Governance BoardEffective GovernanceEstablishes/ensures governance board subcommittees for efficient operations
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Governance BoardEffective GovernanceEstablishes/revisits methods or systems for frequent and transparent communication between the board and the school leader.
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Governance BoardEffective GovernanceEstablishes/confirms a diverse governance board who agree with the school's mission, have time to give, and can offer vital expertise and resources on all operations areas (such as: finance and accounting; real estate and facilities; legal and human resource services; fundraising; marketing; community partnerships; and academic programming)
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Governance BoardEffective GovernanceCreates/implements evaluation procedures to evaluate the school leader(s)
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Governance BoardFacilitiesDevelops/revisits a priority needs list relating to the "best" location for the charter school (list should be related to the mission and school culture goals)
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Governance BoardFacilitiesSearches/acquires school building and facilities (may need to partner with nonprofits, community, or apply for grants
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Governance BoardLegalEstablishes/reviews charter contract to ensure alignment with WRCCS/DPI benchmarks
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Governance BoardLegalDevelops/revisits the understanding of the Governance Board's roles and legal responsibilities
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Governance BoardLegal Fulfills/revisits legal processes checklist (legal entity formed, articles of incorporation, board members, bylaws, legal entity enters into charter contract, 501c3 organization)
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Governance BoardLegal Fulfills/revisits policy handbook checklist: employment, teacher contracts, employee handbook, employee harassment policy, HR payroll, etc., student and parent handbook, student policies, nondiscrimination including complaint procedure, grievance policy, service animal, Title IX, bullying, harassment, student records, record retention, open records, weapons on school property, attendance and truancy, discipline – suspension and expulsion, Special Ed policies and procedures -- LEA, 504 policies and procedures, information management system, digital use policy (devices, internet)
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Governance BoardMissionCreates/articulates the rationale for starting/sustaining a school and the mission that meets this rationale
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Governance BoardMissionCreates/refines a mission and vision that clearly defines what will be accomplished, how the school will meet its student's academic needs, and what differentiates this school from others. Statements should also include an action plan for bringing those to fruition.
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Governance BoardMissionDrafts/revisits a school, student, or community needs statement that will be addressed by creating a new educational opportunity
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Governance BoardMissionFacilitates/revisits research on charter schools/models and provides written summaries including critiques of different models.
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Governance BoardPerformance MonitoringCreates/refines in charter contract the specific measures designed to hold the school and its stakeholders accountable to the mission
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Governance BoardPerformance MonitoringDevelops/implements relevant interim assessments to monitor progress internally and change course needed.
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Governance BoardRecruiting StudentsDetermines/revisits enrollment capacity and a nondiscriminatory student application process
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Governance BoardRecruiting StudentsDevelops/revisits a lottery system that follows all state and federal guidelines and ensures that enrollment procedures are fair.
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Governance BoardRecruiting StudentsCreates/implements a marketing plan that advertises and promotes the school, enrollment periods, and application procedures.
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Governance BoardResourcesCreates/reviews a plan to prioritize spending based on school mission.
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Governance BoardResourcesDesignates/revisits a lead grant writer and applies for DPI charter funding. Attend DPI charter grant informational sessions.
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Governance BoardResourcesDesignates/revisits a working committee to develop fundraising activities (community foundation grants, fundraisers, and corporate sponsorships)
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Governance BoardResourcesDrafts/documents a business plan including annual budget needs and 3 to 5 year budget forecasts.
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Governance BoardResourcesPlans/builds a reserve fund (fund balance) as part of the corporation to support school needs and ensure sustainability.
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Governance BoardResourcesDevelops/revisits understanding of the financial responsibilities of governance board
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Governance BoardStaffingSelects/designates school leadership (principal or lead teacher)
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Governance BoardStrategic PlanningDetermines/revisits a plan of growth or sustainability of enrollment for school, which may include expansion of students and/or grade levels
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Governance BoardStrategic PlanningDevelops/refines project management tools and processes
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Governance BoardStrategic PlanningDevelops/refines strategic business planning tools and processes
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LeadershipAcademic ProgramDevelops/refines classroom and schoolwide assessment tools and processes
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LeadershipAcademic ProgramIdentifies/performs school needs assessment (may include visits of other innovative schools)
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LeadershipBusiness OperationsCoordinates/revisits activities and creates timelines for establishing and opening the school.
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LeadershipBusiness OperationsDevelops/implements a plan for leadership and management of the school's business operations
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LeadershipCommunity EngagementDesigns/communicates goals, mission, and accountability measures (transparent to all constituents)
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LeadershipCommunity EngagementElicits staff input and feedback on the perceived greatest student need(s) and school improvement priorities (discuss results publicly)
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LeadershipCultureCreates/sustains a behavioral and school climate expectation system
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LeadershipCultureDevelops/sustains a positive and empowering work environment where teachers can experience working conditions that sustain energy and dedication for years.
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LeadershipCultureDevelops/sustains checkpoints to review and keep school culture positive, likely tied to School Improvement Frameworks which have surveys and rubrics for monitoring school culture.
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LeadershipCultureDevelops/sustains practices focused on Equity
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LeadershipCultureDevelops/sustains practices focused on staff culture and school climate
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LeadershipCultureEnsures/sustains a plan to engage stakeholders in mission, vision, culture, and expectations of school and school community
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LeadershipCultureFacilitates/revisits mental health supports for teachers and students
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LeadershipCulturePromotes/ensures student ownership of the school, linking culture and academics
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LeadershipPerformance MonitoringDetermines/revisits educator effectiveness model used for teacher and principal evaluation. (Implementation resources can be found at https://dpi.wi.gov/ee/district-resources)
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LeadershipPerformance MonitoringDevelops/revisits building level SLOs (Student/School Learning Objectives)
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LeadershipStaffingAssigns all new staff members a mentors for at least the first year (Teacher mentors provide induction support to new-to profession and new-to-district teachers as required in Wis. Administrative Code sec. PI 34)
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LeadershipStaffingOffers/promotes a professional development plan for faculty and staff that fulfills the mission of the school
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LeadershipStaffingBuilds/revisits a continuous growth model for the professional culture of the school
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LeadershipStaffingDevelops/revisits staffing needs and priorities matrix which includes both academic, social, and personal skills and experiences required to be a flexible and creative founding staff member
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LeadershipStaffingPromotes/facilitates team leadership with staff
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Leadership
Technology Considerations
Develops/improves an accessible school website including application form, information on school mission, curricular methods, educational model, and vision for student learning outcomes
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StudentCommunity EngagementI know how to choose a school for myself.
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