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Francis W. Parker Charter Essential (District)

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Todd A Sumner, Charter School Leader
Mailing Address: 49 Antietam Street
Devens, MA, 01434
NCES ID:2500038
Web Site:
Charter School Type:Commonwealth
District Operating Status:Operating
District Title I Status:Non-Title I District
Ed Prep: Admission Requirements - Baccalaureate:New Teachers Collaborative is a post-baccalaureate teacher preparation program.
Ed Prep: Admission Requirements - Post-Baccalaureate:Bachelor's degree (minimum) with strong academic preparation in subject matter. Application, including a Statement of Interest. Candidates join New Teachers Collaborative directly from undergraduate programs, following gap years, or as mid-career professionals.
Ed Prep: Description of Partnerships:New Teachers Collaborative proudly announces a newly-formed partnership with Fitchburg State University, working together to support emerging teacher practice. Through this partnership, teacher candidates are eligible to receive graduate-level credits. NTC works in partnership with schools in north central Massachusetts and the greater Boston area to support the learning and practice and placement of new teachers.
Ed Prep: Mission/Vision Statement:New Teachers Collaborative prepares teachers to be successful in secondary schools (Grades 7-12) through a full-time, full-year apprenticeship model of teacher preparation. Using a cohort model to learn about and practice teaching, New Teachers Collaborative (NTC) is grounded in collaborative and reflective practice. Guided by the Coalition of Essential Schools Common Principles, NTC places teacher candidates in small, progressive schools designed to know students well and to develop the habits of using one's mind well. Through this educator preparation program, teacher candidates are placed in classrooms with students and alongside faculty from the very first day of school, co-teaching with master teachers and supported through a formal mentoring program.
Mass District Type:Independent Public including Charters
School Year End Date (MM/DD):06/15
School Year Start Date (MM/DD):9/1
Special Charter Choice:Does Not Accept Special Charter Choice
Organization Description:Parker`s mission is to place the student at the center of her or his education, and to create conditions for students to learn to use their minds well. There are 360 students in grades 7-12 who advance and are promoted based on demonstration of learning through exhibition -- the school uses no letter grades or credits. Parker is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools and subscribes to its Ten Principles (; it is also a candidate for accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Admission is open to students who are residents of the Commonwealth and a lottery is used if there are more applicants than openings. All members of the (first) graduating Class of 2000 were accepted at one or more colleges of their choice. Also, Parker has an independently funded Regional Teacher Center for the purpose of supporting innovation in education and the transformation of teaching and learning, based on the Ten Principles of the Coalition.