Heather Wendling

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
Closing the DEI Gap in Authorizing
According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, 68% of charter school students are students of color and nearly 59% come from lower-income households. Unfortunately, most educational organizations, including...
New School Application
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Third Thursdays
NACSA provides professional development opportunities, online courses, resources, and publications that are specifically designed to help authorizers and other school leaders grow and network. Third Thursdays, an ongoing virtual learning...