Co-founders Jim Griffin and Dr. Jody Ernst previously worked together at the Colorado
League of Charter Schools (the League). Jim was the League's founding President, Jody the Senior Director of Research and Performance Management.
Together at the League, Momentum's co-founders pioneered two lines of work that gained
national attention. The first line of work centered on research into the quality of charter school facilities,
and ensuring access to facilities and funding options. The second line of work focused on research and evaluation of what we refer to as alternative education campuses (or AECs). Publication and
presentation of the results of this work led to multiple requests for replication outside of Colorado and ultimately, to capitalize on the momentum of the work, led to the foundation
of Momentum Strategy & Research. To this day, Momentum continues to focus on these two, seemingly disparate, areas of focus.
The common thread between these research and policy areas is in their intent to ensure that all
students have access to quality educational options--whether by keeping schools open by ensuring they are evaluated accurately, or by ensuring that charter schools are able to access
funding and resources that allow them to operate in
buildings that meet the same standards as those of other public school buildings.
We continue to work with new partners to expand our data and knowledge base in other areas including the
evaluation of non-classroom-based school models (e.g., full-time virtual, hybrid, and independent study), expeditionary learning models,
competency-based models, and more.