NACSA Leaders Program

The NACSA Leaders Program

Expand Your Leadership, Expand your Impact

The NACSA Leaders Program is the nation’s only professional development opportunity of its kind specifically designed for charter school authorizing professionals. The rigorous, yearlong program brings together a diverse group of current and up-and-coming leaders committed to advancing the work of authorizing and honing their leadership skills in order to grow more great schools in their communities.

Throughout the program, Leaders explore best practices, grapple with their current challenges, and examine what it means to lead in a dynamic public education environment.


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

Program Goals

The NACSA Leaders Program equips participants with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Cultivate growth in themselves, their colleagues, and their agencies.
  • Develop, inspire, and execute a shared vision for quality within their agencies that aligns with professional authorizing standards and leads to more great schools in their communities.
  • Implement innovative solutions to their authorizing challenges.
  • Advance equity in the field of authorizing, in their offices, and in their schools.
  • Advocate for policies that support quality authorizing and equitable outcomes for all students. 
  • Remain committed to quality authorizing by building their resilience in the face of challenges.

What to Expect

  • Interactive professional development sessions led by industry experts.
  • A cohort model to leverage Leaders’ collective experiences.
  • Opportunities for assessment and reflection on practice and leadership.
  • Concrete tools and resources that participants can use immediately.
  • Ongoing developmental feedback and strategic support through one-on-one coaching.
  • An expanded professional network and relationships that endure beyond the program.
  • A forum to develop and execute a capstone project that drives innovation and measures the impact of new practices in your office.
  • Ongoing professional development opportunities as a program alum.
  • Challenging experiences that push your thinking.

Leaders Program Schedule

The Leaders cohort convenes seven times, alternating between in-person and virtual gatherings. Participants are expected to attend all scheduled sessions. (Additional virtual sessions could be added as determined by the cohort.)

We’re no longer accepting applications for the NACSA Leaders Program, Cohort 8. If you would like a notification when we start accepting applications for the next cohort, sign-up here.