The Charter School Experience

Voices from the Field

  • Michael Bitz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Teachers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Thomas Ng
      Pages 3-15
    3. Meghan McKeary
      Pages 17-30
  3. School Leaders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Ana Ponce
      Pages 59-68
  4. Parents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Linda Smith, Paul Smith
      Pages 85-94
    3. Maya Nelson
      Pages 95-104
    4. Julie Norflus-Good, Anne Degroot, Alex Urbiel, Marisa Schussler
      Pages 105-115
  5. Students

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Michael Fitzpatrick
      Pages 119-124
    3. Tanisha Richards
      Pages 125-130
    4. Davon Johnson
      Pages 131-137
    5. Michael Bitz
      Pages 139-141

About this book


The Charter School Experience: Voices from the Field is a unique book that presents readers with balanced perspectives from teachers, students, parents, and school leaders at charter schools across the United States. Through first-person narratives, the book highlights the delicate intricacies of what makes a school charter succeed or fail. Unlike a book written by academics far removed from the practice of education, this book gives voice to the people most impacted by charters: the families and educators who have embraced these schools for better or worse, and who now have enriching stories to tell. These experiences—embodied in introspective and moving chapters—go well beyond the news headlines and politicized studies that have spotlighted charters in the past. In this book, teachers highlight their successes and failures in charter school classrooms, parents explore decisions to enroll in charters, school leaders discuss the social missions of charters, and students write about how charter schools have impacted their lives. The result is an engaging collection of ideas for a wide audience, including people researching, attending, and making policy on charter schools in the United States and around the world.   


Charter schools Education, Schools American education American schools School education Blended learning Participatory research Twenty-first century learning Teachers Parents Students

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Bitz
    • 1
  1. 1.Ramapo CollegeMahwahUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-690-3
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