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Teachers, Parents, & Students

The Best Scholarship Search Platforms of 2017

Reviews.com

College is the most expensive it’s ever been.   With tuition rates rising an average of 3.5% every year, the average undergraduate now finishes their degree with over $37,000 in student debt.
 
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Guide to Securing Your College Student’s Credit Future

The Simple Dollar

Overall, parents should help their students find the balance between misusing credit and staying away from it all together.   No parent wants their students to graduate with a ton of debt that will haunt them for years to come.
 
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Guide to Securing Your Child’s Credit Future

The Simple Dollar

While this guide is a great resource for everyone, it can be particularly useful for parents who don’t feel qualified to teach their children credit-related concepts.
 
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Financial Aid for College

Best Value Schools

Paying for college isn’t cheap! And the truth is, no matter how valuable your education is, you don’t want to spend yours struggling with debt to earn a degree. That’s why we’ve compiled a ton of resources to help you make your way through school in a very affordable way.
 
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Best Online Nursing Programs of 2018

Best Value Schools

With the growing age of baby boomers and new health care initiatives, a greater need for nurses is imminent in the potential future.   As one of the fastest growing occupations in the country, hospitals need qualified nurses who can be leaders in the healthcare industry.
 
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Best Resources for College Students with Disabilities

Best Value Schools

It might be tempting to think that disability and college don’t mix, but the truth is, as of 2012, around 10% of all graduating college students reported having some kind of disability.  This resource is organized by disability or disorder. Make sure you look through all of them because there are some resources that could be helpful for a wide range of disabilities.
 
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BestValueSchools.org Scholarship

Best Value Schools

At BestValueSchools.org, we know how important it is to get a college degree, so we’re thrilled to announce our 2018 scholarship program. One lucky student will be awarded a $500 scholarship.
 
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LEAD2FEED Student Leadership Program

Lead2Feed.org

This program nurtures a new generation of leaders while meeting a community need through project management, decision-making, and teamwork.   We invite 6 – 12th grade principals and teachers to register today and gain access to FREE lesson plans, resources, and videos.   For more information, contact Colleen@lead2feed.org (516) 606-7660.
 
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How to check your child’s credit report

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Parents place the utmost attention on their children’s safety, education, health and happiness, but even the most conscientious parent may overlook another matter that can affect their child’s future: the child’s credit report.
 
With some exceptions, most children under age 18 should not have a credit report at all. Minors, however, are not immune to identity theft and credit fraud. So you need to see if your youngster has a credit report – and you need to know what is on it.
 
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Separating Fact from Fiction: What You Need to Know about Charter Schools

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Between the 2008–09 and 2013–14 school years, the public charter school movement experienced a dramatic 80 percent increase in the number of students and an astounding 40 percent increase in the number of schools.  While charter schools enjoy tremendous bipartisan support among policymakers and the general public, they also have some vocal critics who perpetuate a number of myths about charters.   This paper lays out some of these myths and provides responses based on facts and independent research findings.
 
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Scholarships for Student Caregivers

Caring.com

Two scholarships of $1,500 are awarded each year to student-caregivers to help cover costs of tuition and books. Applicants must be full-time college students at an accredited two-or-four-year college or university in the United States, or full-time high school students who are registered to attend a qualifying institution the following semester.
 
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North Carolina School Report Cards

NCDPI

The NC School Report Cards site contains snapshots of information about our schools, including the school performance grade, student academic growth, how prepared our students are when they enter a school, and a number of other measures.
 
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A Guide to Online Associate Degrees

Best Colleges

The associate degree is an undergraduate degree that normally requires two years of full-time coursework.  An associate degree is considered the minimum educational attainment level for jobs in many industries, including select positions in nursing and healthcare, information technology, social work, and criminal justice.  An associate can also serve as a useful stepping-stone for students who also plan to earn a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. degree.
 
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A Guide to Online Bachelor’s Degrees

Best Colleges

The bachelor’s degree is a college degree earned by students who complete accredited undergraduate programs. The average bachelor’s program takes four years to complete. Actual completion times can range from three to seven years, depending on program-specific demands, as well as whether the student is enrolled part- or full-time.
 
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A Guide to Online Master’s Degrees

Best Colleges

A master’s degree is an advanced college degree awarded to students who complete graduate-level coursework. Master’s degree recipients can expect to develop theoretical, analytical, and/or professional expertise in their field of study.  The average length of a master’s program for full-time, online or traditional students is two years.  Actual completion times may range from one to four years depending on the subject, program curriculum and format, and the number of credits completed per term.
 
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A Guide to Online Doctoral Degrees

Best Colleges

Doctorate degrees are considered “terminal degrees” in most fields, reflecting the fact that they are the highest education level you can achieve. Students who decide to pursue these degrees are committed to developing advanced knowledge in a specific topic area, and to becoming skilled researchers. Research doctorate degree programs (i.e., Ph.D.) focus on academic research and subject matter expertise, while professional doctorate degree programs (e.g., D.N.P., Pharm.D., Ed.D.) are designed to prepare students for action-based research and work in an applied setting.
 
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Administrators & School Boards

A user’s guide to fiscal oversightT: A Toolkit for Charter School Governing Boards

National Charter School Resource Center

This toolkit compiles best practices and recommendations based on a comprehensive literature review and interviews with subject matter experts, including authorizers, charter support organizations (CSOs), charter management organizations (CMOs), funders, attorneys, and charter finance specialists.   The toolkit also draws from established findings on fraud and governance from the broader nonprofit sector.
 
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The Charter School Growth Manual: Expert Tips and Pitfalls to Avoid as You Grow

Charter School Capital

For this guide, we turned to our wide network of charter school experts for best practices and strategies for success at every stage of maturity. All of the advice in this book comes from experienced charter school leaders who have been where you are now—they understand what you’re facing and the pitfalls to avoid.
 
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Public Schools of North Carolina: Facilities Guidelines

Public Schools of North Carolina

This document defines and describes the educational spaces needed to support a modern, comprehensive educational program and to set minimal guidelines for types and sizes of space.   It also serves as a planning guide for those in the process of building, enlarging, or renovating school facilities.
 
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New School Development: A Toolkit for Charter Support Organizations and Charter School Founders

National Charter School Resource Center

This toolkit helps Charter School Organizations (CSOs) and charter school founders with opening a new charter school and navigating the first years of operation.   These New School Design resources focus primarily on supporting founding groups during the planning and start-up phases of a charter school’s life cycle.
 
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Addressing Charter School Facility Needs: Actions for States

ExcelinEd

For a small cost, states can save public charter schools billions of dollars and enable these schools to build long-term roots in their communities. A new policy brief by ExcelinEd, Addressing Charter School Facility Needs: Actions for States, identifies actions state policymakers can take to accomplish this.
 
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2019 Charter School Performance Framework Document List

NCDPI Office of Charter Schools

Here is the list of criteria and Epicenter submission tasks for each measure with a rating based on the review of a collected document. All schools are required to complete the submission tasks in Epicenter, even if the criteria is not applicable.
 
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Ready-to-Open Framework for North Carolina Public Charter Schools

NCDPI

Each initially-approved charter school works with the Office of Charter Schools (OCS) to submit a final RTO progress report to the Charter School Advisory Board (CSAB) ten to twelve weeks prior to the start of the school’s first operational year. The CSAB uses this report as the basis for determining whether to recommend that the SBE approve the school to open as planned
 
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Digital Marketing for Charter Schools Manual

Charter School Capital

This workbook will guide you through all of the steps towards achieving digital marketing success. A go-to guide for all your school’s digital marketing needs, it will help you get your marketing plans started, guide you as you define your audience, describe what makes your school unique, pick your tactics, and start to build your campaigns.
 
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The Ultimate Guide to Facility Financing

Charter School Capital

This manual covers our perspectives on the charter school facilities landscape market and provides practical and actionable advice on planning and realistically balancing your team’s facility dreams with budget realities. We also cover the four primary funding structures that charter schools use to finance facilities: cash, banks, bonds, and long-term leases. Download this eBook to get all of your facilities questions answered!
 
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The 5 Essential Steps to Facilities Planning

Charter School Capital

We’ve created this handy checklist as a starting point to help you move towards realizing your facility expansion or relocation goals.
 
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The Charter School Growth Manual

Charter School Capital

For this guide, we turned to our wide network of charter school experts for best practices and strategies for success at every stage of maturity. All of the advice in this book comes from experienced charter school leaders who have been where you are now—they understand what you’re facing and the pitfalls to avoid.
 
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Intentionally Diverse Charter Schools: A Toolkit for Charter School Leaders

National Charter School Resource Center

Recently there has been increasing interest in schools with the intentional purpose of serving a balance of students who reflect the diversity of their larger communities.  This toolkit describes some of these intentionally diverse charter schools and the strategies their leaders pursue to achieve their goals.
 
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Charter School Governing Board Composition: A Toolkit for Board Members

National Charter School Resource Center

Public charter schools are governed by independent boards, and great charter schools need great boards.  Serving on a charter school board is an excellent way to have a substantial, and ongoing, impact on a school and in your community.  This resource is designed to support boards in building the best membership to ensure student success.
 
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Charter School Acceleration Consideration Request

NCDPI

Applicants requesting acceleration must submit the request to the State Board via the online application portal prior to the application due date for consideration.  Acceleration consideration requests must be submitted through the online application portal.  If you have any questions or concerns, contact Dr. Danielle Allen at danielle.allen@dpi.nc.gov or (919) 807-3493.
 
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