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Academic Performance & Accountability

The Office of Academic Performance & Accountability is responsible for the oversight, support and evaluation of academic compliance and performance for the 62 charter schools authorized by Central Michigan University. This office provides support in every aspect related to teaching and learning. It focuses on reviews of materials in four areas: educational programs, educational goals, school improvement planning and curriculum development. The office focuses its evaluation of school performance on the results of standardized achievement tests, a school's progress toward achieving mission specific goals, as well as successful implementation of the educational program as described in the charter contract. The office also assists schools in their understanding and compliance with state and federal law including the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and Education YES! including supporting schools in the review, and if necessary, appeal of their Education YES! Report Cards.

An essential piece of the charter contract is the written curriculum. The office reviews submissions of all curricula as part of the application, reauthorization and contract amendment processes for alignment to state standards as well as to ensure state requirements, in subjects such as health, are being met. The office has also developed, and continues to update, a comprehensive Curriculum Development Guide to assist charter schools as they engage in the development of new curriculum or the alignment of their current curriculum.

Laura StablerMs. Laura Stabler
Director of Academic Performance & Accountability

Laura Stabler is an educational consultant with over twenty-seven years of experience. Her expertise lies in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in formative assessment and adult learning theory. She is an experienced building administrator and served as the Director of Instructional Support Services for a national charter school management organization. As an experienced school reviewer and evaluator, she assists in the examination of instructional pedagogy, implementation of school improvement processes and compliance to charter contracts and government regulatory agencies. Laura has worked with the Center for British Teachers, a London-based organization that facilitates school reviews in Europe, India, and Asia. She holds certifications as a Cognitive Coach and Immunity to Change Coach and supports schools and business organizations in leading strategic change initiatives. She attended Bob Jones University and Pennsylvania State University with a concentration in elementary curriculum and educational leadership. 

 

Sherry BetcherMs. Sherry Betcher
Assessment Manager/ Academic Performance & Accountability

Ms. Betcher is responsible for the dissemination of various school assessment data, as well as for providing support for understanding and applying the data to school improvement solutions. As The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools' (the Center) assessment coordinator, she also works with schools to develop and administer assessment programs through systems such as MEAP, Scantron's Performance Series and ACT's Educational Assessment and Planning System (EPAS). Prior to joining the Center in 2010, Ms. Betcher served as a school counselor and assessment coordinator at Colin Powell Academy, a charter school in the Detroit area. She holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education and a master's degree in school counseling from Wayne State University.

 

 Ms. Sandra A. Hryczyk
School Performance Coordinator

Ms. Hryczyk is responsible for the review and assessment of certain documentation, ensuring compliance with contract reporting requirements and applicable law, in the areas of assessment, educational programs, goal setting, curriculum design and implementation, and charter school improvement planning. With a special emphasis in the area of education, Sandy is responsible for maintaining familiarity with charter school issues, plans and challenges and recommending actions, as appropriate, on behalf of the Center. Sandy earned her bachelor of science degree from Michigan State University and her master of arts degree from Eastern Michigan University. She is a K-12 certified teacher who has worked as a middle school teacher. For three years prior to joining CMU, Sandy was involved with curriculum development and oversaw assessment administration, including the MEAP and Scantron's Performance Series Test, at West Village Academy in Dearborn.

 

 Ms. Valerie Bailey
School Performance Manager


Ms. Bailey provides academic support to charter schools to aid improvement efforts.
She has strategic and operational responsibility for oversight of Educational Program Reviews, Quality School Reviews and School Support Visits for all CMU-authorized schools. Furthermore, Ms. Bailey facilitates professional learning opportunities in the area of instructional strategies. Prior to joining the Center, Valerie served as a curriculum and instruction specialist as well as a coaching and learning consultant for National Heritage Academies. Valerie was also a teacher at Detroit Merit Academy and Vanguard Charter Academy. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with an elementary education certification, and a Master of Education degree from Grand Valley State University

 

 Ms. Mandy Lohman
School Performance Manager


Ms. Lohman is responsible for providing appropriate site support to charter schools to strengthen their improvement efforts. She has strategic and operational responsibility for oversight of Educational Program and Curriculum Document review processes for all CMU-authorized schools prior to reauthorization. Furthermore, Ms. Lohman works with schools through the Falcon Initiative where she guides schools in establishing a strong data culture while also assisting schools in the utilization of assessment data to foster academic improvement. With the Falcon Initiative she also assists schools in identifying a problem of practice as well as effective related teaching practices. Prior to joining the Center, Mandy was an education manager for American Education Group and served as both an instructional support services manager and a coaching and learning consultant for National Heritage Academies. She has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in elementary education from Western Michigan University. She also earned a masterís degree in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University.

 

 Ms. Karen Mater
Assessment Coordinator

Ms. Mater processes the Centerís compliance documents associated with pupil assessment as dictated by federal and state law and the charter contract. Her responsibilities include oversight and management of assessment related compliance documents, submissions and reports as well as third-party and web-based assessment sites on behalf of CMU-authorized schools to ensure accurate data collection and dissemination. In addition, Karen provides assessment related support to CMU-authorized schools. Karen earned a bachelorís degree from Michigan State University and a masterís degree from Western Michigan University, both in geology.
 

Mr. Dennis McDonald
Special Education Consultant

Mr. McDonald is responsible for providing oversight and support to charter schools for their delivery of special education services and support. To that end, Dennis conducts on-site visits to help charter schools comply with federal, state and local special education rules and regulations. He serves as a liaison for the charter schools to state and intermediate school district special education staff and stays current on changes in special education rules and regulations. Prior to joining the Center in 1996, Dennis served as a special education teacher at Pontiac State Hospital, tactician/statistician with Macomb County, principal and assistant director for special education with Lapeer Intermediate School District, director of special education in Bay County, behavior specialist for early intervention with Tennessee Technological University and taught classes for Central Michigan University. Dennis holds a bachelor of science degree in education and a master's degree in special education.

 

Mr. Mark Moody
Special Education Consultant

Mr. Moody is responsible for providing oversight and support to charter schools for their delivery of special education services and support. To that end, Mark conducts on-site visits to help charter schools comply with federal, state and local special education rules and regulations. He serves as a liaison for the charter schools to state and intermediate school district special education staff and stays current on changes in special education rules and regulations. Currently, Mark also serves as a faculty member in the Department of Counseling and Special Education at Central Michigan University. Marks holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Master of Educational Administration from Grand Valley State University.


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