Information for Board of Trustee Prospects
The mission of the Christa McAuliffe Charter School (McAuliffe) is to cultivate within each member of a diverse student body an intense commitment to self and community, the courage and insight to set high standards for academic and personal success, and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to achieve those standards.
About the School
McAuliffe is an Expeditionary Learning community for grades 6-8. The school's hands-on curriculum inspires high achievement through active learning, character growth, and teamwork. McAuliffe is a diverse community of engaged, motivated learners — students and adults alike.
At McAuliffe, students take ownership of their learning, guided by creative, passionate adults who adeptly navigate the balancing act of challenge and support. A spirit of adventure pervades the school and the energy is seemingly boundless. McAuliffe is the rare middle school where it really is ok to be yourself — the school's supportive Crew model (10-12 scholars with an advisor) reinforces a climate of physical and emotional safety. Our community values independence and individuality, while practicing collaboration, inclusivity, and acceptance.
What is Expeditionary Learning?
The Expeditionary Learning (EL) model challenges students to think critically and take active roles in their classrooms and communities. The national network of EL schools and professional colleagues includes more than 200 schools, 4,000 teachers, and 45,000 students. EL provides schools with professional development, coaching, and online tools to support curriculum design, instruction, school culture, leadership, and assessment practices.
McAuliffe's Executive Director (ED) is the head of school and oversees all school operations. The ED is responsible for fostering a school vision and supporting that vision with a long term strategic plan created with input from the community and oversight from the Board of Trustees. Day to day operations are led by the Director of Business and Operations and Director of Student Culture. Academic functions, student support and teacher training are managed by the Instructional Leadership Team which is comprised of a Director of Professional Learning, Instructional Coaches, and a Director of Special Education.
Board of Trustees
The School is governed by a Board of Trustees, comprised of parents of current students and graduates, community leaders, and business and civic representatives. The Board has a committee structure to determine and enact policy, oversee academic success, raise funds, monitor the School's finances, and lead long term strategic planning. Board committees include education, executive, development, facility, finance, and governance.
McAuliffe's Board meets monthly to make policy, establish committees and oversee the school, including tasks such as approving our fiscal year budget and building renovations. Board of Trustee meetings are open to the public and typically meet one Tuesday per month, 6:30pm - 8:30pm at the school.
McAuliffe's board, annually recruits new board members who have strong community ties, philanthropic values, and/or expertise that adds value to the current needs of the board. McAuliffe's board is a diverse group of collaborative and action-oriented volunteers.
The Board is currently recruiting trustees with backgrounds in marketing/communications, law, business leadership, and secondary & higher education. We're also seeking individuals well-connected in the MetroWest area through professional and social networks.
What Makes a Great McAuliffe Board Member?
Excellent prospective board members possess many of the following qualities:
- Belief in Expeditionary Learning as an exemplary educational model for middle school scholars
- Personal or professional affiliations with the MetroWest region
- Ability to evaluate alternatives and make informed and timely decisions
- Strong communication skills and an ability to work in teams
- Interest in long-term future of the Christa McAuliffe Charter School
Why Serve on the McAuliffe Board?
In general, board service is a highly rewarding endeavor. Serving on the McAuliffe board offers some unique, added opportunities:
- to shape the future of McAuliffe regarding consideration of expansion to high school
- to positively impact the recruitment and retention of excellent McAuliffe educators
- to increase community awareness of McAuliffe so that it is no longer a "hidden gem"
- to build partnerships with local universities, public school systems,
- to expand the resources we provide our scholars struggling academically, emotionally, and socially
Learn More about McAuliffe's Board
To learn more about McAuliffe's Board of Trustees board, contact the chair of the Governance Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
139 Newbury Street
Framingham, MA, US 01701
Start and end dates:Board meetings are held one evening per month. Additional committee takes place throughout the month and at regular committee meetings.
Time commitment:Occasional (weekly or monthly)
Times of day:Evenings
Days of week:Weekdays