NACSA Leaders Program

Be the leader you were meant to be.

The NACSA Leaders Program is the nation’s only professional development opportunity for current and upcoming leaders in charter school authorizing offices.

Cohort 7 Application 2018 Cohort Information

Charter school authorizers must continually balance their mission to create great new public schools with their mandate to protect the public and student interest.

This balancing act requires leadership.

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Why Should You Apply?

Realize your potential to lead yourself, others and your organizations to effectively drive improvement in the overall quality of charter school authorizing, thereby improving outcomes for all students.

  • Champion education reform by developing your vision of quality authorizing to lead your agency.
  • Work with a community of industry leaders to face the challenges of bringing best practices into your office.
  • Cultivate leadership growth in yourself and others through a commitment to quality authorizing.
  • Receive ongoing, one-on-one coaching from an industry leader.


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“I found my voice through this program! That is incredibly significant, and a real breakthrough for me personally and professionally. It has given me the strength and resolve to make several life changes that I believe would never have happened if not for the leaders program. Thank you for the incredible opportunity!” – NACSA Leader Alumnus, Cohort 5
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“I REALLY enjoy this entire program.  Rather than simply changing my practice at work, it has begun to change the way I do things at home, too.  It is a program that can honestly be called “life changing.” – NACSA Leaders Alumnus, Cohort 6 

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Program Components

  1. Interactive professional development sessions led by industry experts.
  2. Concrete tools and resources that participants can apply immediately in their leadership.
  3. Ongoing developmental feedback and strategic support through working one-on-one with a coach.
  4. A cohort model to leverage Leaders’ experiences.
  5. The expansion of Leaders’ networks and the development of relationships that endure beyond the boundaries of the Program.
  6. Opportunities for structured assessment and reflection.
  7. A forum to develop and execute a Capstone Project that has a direct impact on the quality of authorizing within their agencies.
  8. Continued connections and professional development as alumni of the Program.

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Application Timeline

Submitting your Application by the Priority Deadline will expedite your application review process, and can result in early admittance to the Program.

Individuals who apply by the Final Deadline will not be penalized. Applying by the Priority Deadline does not guarantee you will be invited to the Program. 


October 25 Application Opens
December 13 Priority Application Deadline
January 8 Final Application Deadline
January 16-19 Priority Applicant Phone Interviews
February 5-8 Final Applicant Phone Interviews
February 20 Final Notification of Acceptance

Required Dates

To participate in the Leaders Program, you must be able to participate in the kick-off call and attend the following five in-person sessions.

 2018 Cohort Dates
March 6 Kick-Off phone call
April 11-13 1st in-person session
 May 17-18 2nd in-person session
 June 21-22 3rd in-person session
 August 23-24 4th in-person session
October 21-22 Final in-person session

For more information about the NACSA Leaders Program, please contact Shannon Bauer, Manager of Talent and Engagement.

Current Leaders (6th Cohort)

William Stubbs

2017 NACSA Leader

“Authorizers are visionaries—we help create systems and structures that build strong bonds between our districts and the charter community.”

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Gina Post

2017 NACSA Leader

“Enthusiasm is the force behind continuous improvement. As an authorizer, it’s the driving force that keeps us moving forward.”

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We’re pleased to introduce our sixth cohort of the NACSA Leaders Program.

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Leaders Alumni

Maya Lagana

2015 NACSA Leader

Senior Manager of Accountability, Denver Public Schools

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Jarett Fields

2015 NACSA Leader

Education Policy Analyst, Milwaukee Common Council

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Alumni from the NACSA Leaders Program are equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to manage the challenges authorizers face in aligning their agency’s policies and practices with NACSA’s Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing and advocate for policy that supports quality authorizing.

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Read About an Alum’s Experience →