Authorizer Conversations: David Frank on the Sprints, Strolls, and Marathon of Authorizing Through a Pandemic

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Authorizer Conversations: David Frank on the Sprints, Strolls, and Marathon of Authorizing Through a Pandemic

“The preponderance of questions that schools are asking are about students with disabilities, and how we transition to this new environment to serve them well – that is at the forefront of our schools’ minds. That’s a gut check to me that we’ve authorized a series of schools that are doing the right thing and that have the right focus.” -David Frank

The New York State Education Department’s Charter School Office oversees 97 schools throughout the state. David Frank, Executive Director of the CSO, says his staff has become overtly communicative and maintain a focus on outcomes by asking each of their schools how they are internally measuring student progress, particularly for at-risk students.

Hear more about what David and the NYSED CSO staff are doing to ensure continuity of learning during a conversation with NACSA’s Director of Learning, Heather Wendling.

For more information about David and the NYSED Charter School Office here

NACSA has also compiled resources for charter schools and authorizers around COVID-19 here


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