Heather Wendling

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Heather Wendling

Director of Learning

As Director of Learning, Heather Wendling provides support to NACSA’s constituents in strengthening practices that foster the creation and oversight of high-quality schools. In this role, Heather also creates, implements, and manages processes that result in ongoing learning for NACSA constituents and staff.

Heather comes to NACSA from the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, where she served as the Director of New Charters. At SUNY, Heather led the charter proposal review process and designed systems and strategies to support new schools, as well as participated in the on-going qualitative oversight and evaluation of schools seeking renewal. Prior to becoming an authorizer, Heather taught elementary special education for eight years in both traditional public and charter schools through Teach for America.  Heather earned her BA in Political Science from SUNY Stony Brook University, her MST degree from Pace University, and her JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law.


Most Recent Posts
Assessments Must Be Part of the Post-COVID Education World
States and schools now have a clear understanding of their annual assessment pathway, waiver or not, with the majority of states pursuing testing. (As NACSA has stated before, assessments in...
Florida Expansion of Authorizing Blemished by Late Discriminatory Amendment
What originally caught our eye on Florida’s SB 1028 was the expansion of authorizing privileges to higher education institutions. Technically, colleges in Florida were already allowed to authorize charter lab schools, but SB...
Transformative Charter Schools Are Not Created in a Lab: Here’s Why
This blog post was written by Susie Miller Carello, Executive Director, SUNY Charter Schools Institute.  At the State University of New York Charter Schools Institute (SUNY), we believe that all students, regardless of...