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NACSA is pleased to announce a new initiative to strengthen not only authorizer practices, but the authorizing profession: the Institute for Leadership in Charter School Authorizing.

Quality authorizers are dedicated to excellence, proficient in their jobs, and able to lead the change necessary to ensure that the schools they charter deliver a great education.  Indeed, skilled authorizing is vital to the future of charter schools. The Institute is designed to provide both resources and education in best practices, advance the leadership and substantive expertise of current authorizers, and cultivate future leaders to meet the demand for trained authorizers. The Institute will launch two programs in fall 2012: The Leaders Program and the Fellows Program.



The Leaders Program is a unique professional development opportunity for new leaders of authorizing offices.  Led by industry experts and limited to small cohorts of new leaders, the rigorous and selective program will focus on leadership training and advanced authorizing. From intensive in-person sessions to ongoing virtual dialogue, coaching and mentoring, participants will learn important new skills to advance their careers as they are challenged to make a positive difference in their own offices and throughout the charter sector. Learn more

The Fellows Program will recruit new professionals to authorizing and provide them with training and hands-on experience at authorizing offices across the country who share a commitment to NACSA’s Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing. The program will identify high-potential individuals with a commitment to education reform, and will place them in some of the nation’s largest and most active authorizing offices for one year. Fellows will receive salary and benefits for the year, as well as a training orientation from NACSA, and ongoing personal and professional development, including invaluable on the job experience and exposure to authorizing best practices. At the same time, the authorizing office will receive subsidized talent to assist with critical needs and strengthen its work—ultimately contributing to improved charter school quality. Learn more


The Leaders Program of the Institute for Leadership in Charter School Authorizing is made possible in part with the support of the National Charter School Resource Center at American Institutes for Research which is funded through the U.S. Department of Education under contract number ED-04-CO-0109/0004.



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