Giving Tuesday: Giving back to your Community

Giving Tuesday: Giving back to your Community

As we gear up for the giving season, some of us are struggling to find the resources to give financially. The beauty of #GivingTuesday, though, is that it’s about so much more than donations. At Concept Central office, a group of us are in the process of planning a volunteer day. While we’re on the […]

Giving Tuesday: 5 Downloadable Resources to Get Your School Started

Giving Tuesday: 5 Downloadable Resources to Get Your School Started

The month of November is creeping up on us, so what does that mean? Giving Tuesday is just around the corner. For those of us who need a refresher on the story behind Giving Tuesday, let me give you the rundown.  Every year, on the 4th Thursday of November, families across the U.S. celebrate Thanksgiving. […]

This Week in STEM: Dog Science and the Moon Illusion

This Week in STEM: Dog Science and the Moon Illusion

Whether it’s dog science or the physics of clock-making, humans in STEM are kind of the coolest. Read on to get your weekly fill of what’s going on this week in STEM!  Do dogs understand what we say to them?                 What if we told you clocks care about […]

2018 MCPSA Conference: Strategic Marketing Campaigns

In this breakout session, Christopher Murphy, EdD, Chief Growth & Communications Officer for Concept Schools, shares the Concept’s communication and marketing guidelines and strategies. While generated at the CMO-level, these strategies are intended to be put into action at the school-level.    

Federal charter school program funding poised to reach highest levels 

Federal charter school program funding poised to reach highest levels 

Story Contributed by Christopher Murphy, Ed.D.   House and Senate appropriators reached agreement on a conference report for the Labor-Health & Human Services-Education (LHHSE) appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019. The federal government is poised to provide $440 million for the federal Charter School Program (CSP). This is a substantial increase and marks the highest-ever […]

Not a ‘charter versus district’ issue: A discussion with several leaders of local charter schools

Not a ‘charter versus district’ issue: A discussion with several leaders of local charter schools

Story Contributed by Christopher Murphy, Ed.D   Families across the country often turn the charter public schools as the best educational option for their children, especially in underserved school districts like those in major urban cities. On September 18, 2018, National Public Radio’s St. Louis on the Air featured a conversation between charter school leaders […]

Community Building in the Classroom

It’s back to school season, and whether its a new pair of shoes or a fresh haircut, first impressions make a difference. Underneath those superficial differences are more important ways to make a good impression. For teachers, establishing a positive relationship with students on Day One is the most essential factor in creating a safe […]

This Week in STEM: Our universe down to zom-bees

This Week in STEM: Our universe down to zom-bees

The universe is a pretty awesome place, no matter what time or place you look at in its long history. This week in STEM we’ve got everything from dinosaur eggs and killer bees to the first tennis tournament in space.    The Universe is cooler than you think it is Space is expanding faster than […]

This Week in STEM: We Have Questions, Science Has Answers

This Week in STEM: We Have Questions, Science Has Answers

Welcome back to the school year, everyone! We are so excited to jump back into the swing of things, and we’re hoping to start launching some new (super secret) blog content. In the meantime, enjoy our favorite series: This Week in STEM!  How a 5-ounce bird stores 10,000 maps in its head  Because science is […]