Sign up now for NACSA's practice-oriented webinar series. Webinars on additional topics will be added in the coming weeks. Webinars are free of charge.
*Webinar confirmations and notifications will be sent from
. Please add that address to your approved senders list so that you do not miss important updates.
Virtual Focus Group on NACSA's Policy Agenda
Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 1 PM CT
The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) seeks your feedback during a virtual focus group on Wednesday, June 6 at 11 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. CT / 2 p.m. ET. During this focus group, Alex Medler, vice president of policy and advocacy for NACSA, will share our state policy agenda. Our goal is to get your input in an effort to refine both our agenda and how we communicate it to key audiences. Alex will kick off the focus group with background on past NACSA policy and advocacy efforts and will lead into what we are planning for the future.
To Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/775271950
PAST WEBINARS / DISCUSSIONS
NACSA Knowledge Sharing & Learning Virtual Focus Group
Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 1 PM CT
Be part of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers' lastest endeavor! NACSA is developing an online knowledge sharing and learning platform. We want to provide tools and resources to assist our members in their day-to-day challenges in charter school authorizing.
You can help determine what resources are needed for yourselves and other authorizers as well as provide feedback on how you want to access those tools, resources and content. Thank you.
Listen: Stay tuned for future focus groups
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 1 PM CT
Join Susie Miller Barker and Ralph Rossi, of SUNY, who will discuss their case study on restructuring renewal as presented in Sara Mead's recent publication New Demands Shape a Field in Transition.
This publication was produced as part of NACSA's Performance Management, Replication, and Closure project.
New Demands Shape a Field in Transition
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 1 PM CT
Join Sara Mead, of Bellwether Education Partners, for a discussion on how new demands and increasing expectations for charter school quality pose new challenges for charter school authorizers. In her latest publication, New Demands Shape a Field in Transition, Sara takes a look at how seven leading “model authorizers,” are responding to these new challenges, particularly when it involves the areas of performance management, replication and closure. This will be an interactive discussion and we encourage you to bring questions as well as share your own authorizing experiences.
Authorizing for Virtual Charter Schools
Date: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 11 AM CT
Please join Alex Medler of NACSA, Margaret Lin of Margaret Lin Consulting, John Watson of the Evergreen Group and Joe Ableidinger of Public Impact for a discussion on the challenges and best practices of authorizing for virtual charter schools. This will be an interactive, 30-minute discussion. This is an opportunity to share your experiences and learn from your peers.
Inside NACSA's The State of Charter School Authorizing
Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 1 PM CT
Presenter: Sean Conlan, Director of Research and Evaluation, NACSA
In this webinar, Sean Conlan, Director of Research and Evaluation, will provide an overview of the practices and decisions of the nation’s charter school authorizers during the 2010-2011 school year, describe national changes in authorizers over the past year, and discuss key findings from The State of Charter School Authorizing 2011.
Harnessing the Power of Charter Boards to Improve School Quality
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 1 p.m. CT
Presenter: Marci Cornell-Feist, Founder of The High Bar
An authorizer’s success in creating quality schools hinges upon knowing whom they are giving the charter to, making sure that the recipients are prepared to govern effectively, and ultimately holding the board accountable for the performance of the school.
The board is one of the most important factors in creating and sustaining an excellent school or network of schools. Charter school boards are an important partner in ensuring the delivery of outstanding education. Too often, though, authorizers do not leverage charter schools boards enough.
Join Marci Cornell-Feist for this lively, interactive, 30-minute webinar and learn from a national charter school expert:
• Lessons learned working with 200+ charter schools nationwide
• The most important things an authorizer can do to make sure the board succeeds
• Concrete action steps on how authorizers can interact with and assist boards to govern towards excellence
Does Innovation Matter Anymore? Shifting Priorities in Chartering’s Second Decade.
Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 12 p.m. CT
Moderator: Paul O'Neill, President and Founder of Tugboat Education Services
This was an interactive 60-minute discussion on the new questions facing charter school authorizers.
Authorizer Index Report - An Overview
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 1 p.m. CT
Presenter: Sean Conlan, Director of Research and Evaluation, National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Join Sean Conlan, director of research and evaluation, NACSA, for an overview of NACSA's recently published Index of Essential Practices.
This index, for the first time, articulates 12 essential authorizing practices and presents information about how many of these essential practices are being implemented by the nation’s largest authorizers.
The 12 essential practices are taken directly from NACSA’s long-standing and universally-recognized Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing.
Using responses to its 2011 authorizer survey, NACSA scored each authorizer on the Index of Essential Practices. Authorizers received one point for each of the 12 essential practices they reported. The scored responses of each authorizer that responded to NACSA’s 2011 authorizer survey are included in this report.
This report, and the discussions that will follow, mark an important step in instilling best practices amongst the nation’s charter school authorizers.
Best Practices in Application Process Decision Making – A NACSA 2011 Conference Preview
Presenter: Rachel Ksenyak, Consultant to the National Assocation of Charter School Authorizers
Date: September 27, 2011
Funding and Policy Frameworks for Virtual Learning
Presenter: Susan Patrick, International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)
Virtual learning, cyber charters, and blended learning stretch policy makers and authorizers to think about new ways to evaluate, monitor and determine school success. The presenter discussed the policy, funding and practical issues that arise in virtual learning, and address pressing questions such as, should the rules for bricks and mortar schools apply to virtual learning and what policy concerns arise and what potential solutions exist in this emerging education method?
Charter School Closure: A Practical Approach
Presenter: Matt Shaw, President, MDS Advisors
Charter school closure, though sometimes challenging and emotionally charged, is an essential aspect of the charter school movement. School closure is difficult for all stakeholders, including the authorizer. However, the authorizer, in conjunction with the school leadership, has the opportunity to orchestrate a smooth, successful closure.
This webinar highlighted various issues related to the school closure process and how authorizers can close schools in a responsible, orderly, and efficient manner.
Investigating Quality Authorizing for Online and Blended Learning Charter Schools
Presenter: Chris Rapp, Evergreen Education Group
Date: Thursday, April 14
Online and blended learning have grown dramatically in K-12 education in the past dozen years, creating countless new opportunities for students and educators, and, in many cases, demonstrating improved student outcomes. As of late 2010, online and blended charter schools existed in more than 20 states, serving more than 100,000 students. Despite the presence and growth of online charter schools, little research has been done regarding the practices of online charter school authorizers.
Recently NACSA teamed with the Evergreen Education Group to conduct a preliminary environmental scan in order to identify key issues that authorizers of online charter schools experience. This webinar presented the key issues along with a brief discussion of the next steps to ensure quality authorizing of online and blended charter schools.
What Research Tells Us About Charter Management Organization Success
Date: Tuesday, March 8
Presenters: Robin Lake, Center on Reinventing Public Education; Penny Wohlstetter, University of Southern California
This session provided insight into a study from the Center on Reinventing Public Education that highlights the successes, challenges and steps along the way as management organizations are founded and start to grow. The presenters shared their research on management organizations on a variety of topics, including replication and governance. This session fulfilled its promises to change the way attendees look at management organizations in the future.
How Pre-K Multiplies Education Reform Efforts
Date: Thursday, February 24
Time: 2pm Central Time (3pm Eastern Time)
Presenters: Marci Young, The Pew Charitable Trusts; Jack McCarthy, AppleTree Institute
A vast body of research demonstrates that high-quality pre-k raises literacy and math achievement, lowers grade retention, reduces remedial and special education needs and increases high school graduation rates. The evidence is clear and compelling: like a child's developing brain, the most successful school reform plans begin in the earliest years. This session allowed authorizerLearn what you can do as an authorizer to ensure successful charter schools are supporting high-quality pre-kindergarten to prepare and motivate students to achieve at higher levels, multiplying the impact of other reforms.
Is there an advocacy role for authorizers in education reform?
Date: Wednesday, February 16
Presenters: Andrew J. Rotherham, Bellwether Education Partners; John Deasy, Los Angeles Unified School District; Jonah Edelman, Stand for Children
Turn on the T.V. news, scroll through recent movie releases, or surf the web - Education reform is a hot topic not only in the news, but in state capitols and homes across the nation. Where do authorizers fit in the education reform puzzle? There are so many different types of authorizers with varying levels of political barriers. What should be the expectation in authorizers being advocates for school choice? NACSA advisory board member Andrew Rotherham and special guests from his "11 Education Activists for 2011" list discuseds this issue.
Building the Foundation: How Strong Application Practices Lead to Strong Charter Schools
Date: Thursday, February 10
Presenter: Doug Thaman, NACSA
This session provided attendees with an overview of a model application process – from establishing an RFP, to evaluating applications, to presenting recommendations to the deciding board for a charter approval or denial vote. The session included a detailed walk-through of a model evaluation rubric, and attendees had the opportunity to use the rubric to evaluate pieces of a written application and develop follow-up questions for the applicant.
Follow the Money: How to Monitor Financial Health Effectively
Presenters: Katie Piehl, Volunteers of America of Minnesota; Ben Aase, LarsonAllen; David Hruby, SUNY Charter Schools Institute
Just exactly how does a quality authorizer analyze financial performance effectively without monitoring every transaction? This session examined the practices of authorizers who effectively monitor school finances without micromanaging the money. Attendees received examples and tools used by authorizers that they can use in their own practice. They also gained experience in analyzing mock financial documents, sharing their findings and discussing what corrective actions they should take in a given situation.
What NACSA's Research on Authorizing Reveals About Quality Charter Schools
Presenters: Alex Medler, NACSA; Sean Conlan, NACSA
The State of Charter School Authorizing 2010: Third Annual Report on NACSA's Authorizer Survey provided an overview of the policies, practices, and characteristics of the nation's charter school authorizers both large and small. It also built upon the data presented in the first two reports on NACSA's authorizer survey and is organized around the NACSA Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing. In this webinar, Alex Medler and Sean Conlan discussed key findings from the report and offered analysis and insights drawn from The State of Charter School Authorizing 2010. Participants also discussed the implications of national authorizing trends on individual authorizers. View Webinar
NACSA's 2010 Principles & Standards and the Challenge of High Quality Authorizing
Presenter: Alex Medler, Ph.D., Vice President of Policy and Research, NACSA
In 2010, NACSA embarked upon a major revision to its Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing. Participants of this session explored how this document articulates and promotes the concept of high quality authorizing. Attendees examined how they can apply the elements of this guide to enhance their practices and heard examples of how authorizers with high quality schools use these principles and standards to ensure school success.
Principles & Standards is recognized as the sole source for guidance on how to best implement and maintain high standards in charter school authorizing. NACSA releases the publication annually to help further strengthen the charter school sector, and foster the growth and number of high quality charter schools. Download the Webinar Power Point Presentation