We help boards recruit the right board members, support
strong leadership, and advise at critical turning points.
"At the end of the day, a charter school’s success comes as the result of caring, committed and effective governance, long after the founder’s board has served its initial role. That’s what CBP does. It ensures sustainable governance so the vision of charter schools becomes a reality for the youth they serve."
— Don Shalvey
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
We help build more diverse boards
Last year, 50 percent of CBP recruits who joined boards in DC were Black or Latino. The Capital City board increased the percentage of Black and Latino board members from 10 to 53 percent while working with us; the Ingenuity Prep board increased the percentage from 50 to 82 percent.
We support boards that need to turn around schools
We helped the board of IDEA add five new board members, who led a dramatic turnaround that saved the school from being shut down. For each the next two years, IDEA was among the top five percent of schools for academic improvement, and is currently one of the top performing open enrollment high schools in the district.
We help founding boards quickly become mature governing boards
We recruited a board chair and new members for the Ingenuity Prep board, supporting the board’s determination to invest in building a strong board from the start. Board members have the skills and expertise the new school needed and the board uses CBP’s training and tools to provide strong leadership.
We ensure that boards have strong leadership
During Creative Minds International’s second year of operation, we helped find a new board chair who brought stability to the young school, and trained the board in best governance practice. The school is thriving: CMI was recently approved to expand to include a middle school and has secured a new facility.
We support boards in strengthening school leadership
When Meridian’s board recognized that a change in leadership was needed, we recruited new board members, helped the board through a transition to a new board chair, and provided coaching and support as the board moved to find a new school leader. 100 percent of board leadership roles are now filled by CBP recruits. With fresh leadership, the school recently celebrated the opening of its new middle school.
We support boards at critical turning points
We helped the Bridges board oversee an expansion, while maintaining their innovative early childhood program. CBP-recruited board members, including a strong board chair, brought critical skills and experience the board needed to navigate growth.
When necessary, we help boards close low-performing schools
Our board recruits and coaching supported the boards of two DC charter schools as they made the difficult decision to close their schools. By proactively addressing the problem, these boards were able to negotiate guaranteed spots for their students in high-performing schools.
"I know of no great charter school without a great board. Every city with a large charter sector needs an organization like Charter Board Partners. We are so fortunate to have them in DC."
— Scott Pearson
Executive Director, DC Public Charter School Board
of CBP recruits wouldn’t have joined a charter school board without CBP
of CBP recruits feel more connected to the education reform movement because they are part of our network
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Nonprofit board members across U.S.
CBP recruited board candidates
CBP recruits people with the skills and experience charter school boards need to govern effectively
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We match board candidates to boards that need their expertise
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We train and support them to be effective board members
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of coaching clients say our coaching helps them be more effective
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"CBP has helped us recruit many board members over the last four years. Most have had a very positive impact on our board. We would have struggled to find the right board members without their assistance."
— Melanie Bowen
Board Chair, Creative Minds International Charter School, Washington, D.C.
"Finding such an excellent board chair is one of the top five most important things that has happened to enable this school to launch successfully."
— Will Stoetzer
Co-Founder and Managing Director of Business and Operations, Ingenuity Prep, Washington, D.C.