Specialized Consulting

We have the expertise to provide ongoing or project-specific support in a wide range of areas important for schools. 

Consulting services are available for schools in the following areas:
  • School start-up: DL has a wealth of experience starting charter schools; we have generated 19 successful charter school proposals since 1996, and are prepared to assist charter start-up groups in all aspects of the process from conceptualizing the school to marketing
  • Apply for and manage school start-up grants
  • Grant writing and proposal development, including writing grants for the federal e-rate program
  • Comprehensive School Review: a facilitated process to assess organizational effectiveness and alignment with mission, vision and values; the review helps school leadership identify practical solutions to issues identified by school stakeholders.
  • Strategic planning facilitation (Comprehensive School Review sets the stage for more effective strategic planning)
  • Personal "coaching" for board officers, school director, and/or teachers
  • Confidential employee assistance by licensed psychologist
  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction classes
  • Charter school board training to address governance, finance, personnel, and customized training to meet an individual board’s needs
  • Systems and organizational development
  • Director review process support
  • Professional development planning for school staff
  • Staff development centered on school goals and student learning plans
  • Facilitate Board elections (DL has created a Charter School Board Elections Manual which is in use at two schools)
  • Facilitate Director search
  • Board support including process support for meetings, minutes-taking, and assisting leadership with policy development
  • School facilities planning; can include assistance with financial planning for possible purchase of a building for the school
  • Orton-Gillingham Literacy training and program development services:
    • Identify student-based needs for phonemic awareness, decoding, fluency and reading comprehension, using current student assessment data.
    • Collaborate with appropriate school staff to screen and identify students and monitor progress.
    • Provide direct instruction to identified students in phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, syllabication/morphology, comprehension and written language.
    • Assist school administration in the development, implementation and evaluation of the district Literacy Plan to ensure yearly reading proficiency for students.
    • Provide training to teachers and assistants in a range of areas in support of improving literacy instruction



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