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Adult Charter Schools Discussion Begins Monday, Nov. 2nd, in Program Management CoP


The LINCS Program Management Community of Practice will host a week-long panel discussion on adult charter schools from Monday, November 2nd through Friday, November 6th. A relatively new, but steadily growing trend in over ten states and the District of Columbia, we now have nearly 100 adult public charter schools in the U.S. Panelists include experienced adult charter school managers who will describe the opportunities and challenges in creating and operating adult charter schools. Participants will learn more about what charter schools are, what an adult charter school looks like, what opportunities they present, and challenges they create for program administrators, teachers and adult learners. For example, becoming an adult charter school might ensure a stable source of funding, or offer a solid alternative to high school equivalency diplomas with an approved high school diploma. This is an important opportunity for innovative program directors, who are seeking new opportunities for their adult secondary education skills programs.

Here are the topics, day-by-day

Monday November 2nd we will begin with Introductions of the Panelists

Tuesday, November 3rd ,  Opportunities and Challenges in Becoming an Adult Charter school.

Wednesday, November 4th,  Teacher Professional Development.

Thursday, November 5th, Career Pathways.

Friday, November 6th,  Assessment and Evaluation.

To participate: if you are not already a member, join the Program Management Community of Practice. I look forward to seeing your questions and comments in this discussion!  If you know colleagues who may be interested in joining LINCS for this discussion, please forward the instructions for joining and posting messages below.

David J. Rosen

Moderator, Program Management Community of Practice


Joining the LINCS Community and Groups

  1. If you are not a member of the LINCS Community, visit: to create an account. If you are already a member, skip this section.
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Replying to a posted message

Tip: Participating in LINCS community discussions is easier if you set up your browser to automatically log in to LINCS. Typically when you register, your browser asks if you want to remember the ID and password. Agree to that. Then (at least in the Firefox or Safari browsers) when you type the first letter of your ID it suggests your whole ID and, when you accept that, it automatically enters your password.

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2A. Then, starting from the posted message in your email, note the light grey line at the top of the message beginning with “Home” and ending with “Add new comment”. Before “Add new comment” is the name of the discussion thread in which it appears. Select that.

2A.1 Then select “Leave Page”. You will now see the whole discussion beginning with the first post at the top.

2A.2 Scroll down to find the message you want to reply to, read any messages before it that provide the context, then in that message select “reply”.


2B. Noting the name of the group in which the post appeared,and the title of the discussion, on a LINCS Community page (e.g., under the dark blue menu at the top of the page, select “Groups”

2B.1 Select the group in which the message you want to reply to appears.

2B.2 Select the “Discussions” tab

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2B.4 Scroll down, reading as much as you wish. When you reach the post you wanted to reply to, at the end of the post, select “reply”.

3. Once you see the comment box:

  1. Type in the subject header. I recommend repeating the title of the post you are responding to, possibly followed by a colon, and then a word or two indicating the theme of your post.
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David J. Rosen's picture
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As you know, beginning Monday we will be discussing adult charter schools in the Program Management CoP. Now would be a good time to think about what questions you may have. Please post your questions here beginning now or, if you prefer, email them to me to post on your behalf. If you email me your questions, unless you request that I post them anonymously, I will attribute the questions to you.

David J. Rosen

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This is an excellent topic!  Which states, of the 100, currently have adult public charter schools?  Also, what time are these discussions scheduled?

Many thanks

David J. Rosen's picture
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Hello Lyllian,

Thanks for your questions:

1. What time are these discussions scheduled?

We begin the discussion on Monday morning and it ends Friday evening, although sometimes these discussions continue beyond the scheduled time. They take place in the Program Management CoP as an asynchronous threaded discussion. That means you can check in to read posts and reply to them any time, when it is convenient for you. Although we will be focusing on different topics, that will have different threads of discussion, you can post your questions or comments at any time beginning now.

2. Which states have adult public charter schools?

I wish there were an official list of adult charter schools, and that it was regularly updated. As far as I know, that list doesn't exist. There are at least two national organizations encouraging and supporting adult charter schools, and one organization of young adult charter schools in California; as far as I know, however, there is no national organization of adult charter schools yet.

Informally I keep a list of the adult charter schools I know about, and they exist or are being planned in at least these states and for the District of Columbia : Arizona, Arkansas (planned for 2016), California, Colorado, D.C., Indiana, Massachusetts (maybe), New Hampshire (planned for 2015 as a New Hampshire and national online option for adults, but with a fee required), New Mexico, Nevada, Tennessee, and Texas.

If anyone knows of adult charter schools being offered or planned in other states, please let us know. Next week I will post my informal list of adult charter schools, by state and including the District of Columbia, and will also ask our panelists next week if they know of any additions.

Anyone else have questions about adult charter schools that you would like to ask our panelists?

David J. Rosen

Moderator, LINCS Program Management CoP


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Today's topic in the Program Management CoP discussion on adult public charter schools is Adult Public Charter School Teacher Compensation and PD. I invite you, if you are not already a member, to join the Program Management CoP today to participate in -- and contribute to -- that discussion.

David J. Rosen

Moderator, Program Management CoP