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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
Holding Up a Mirror: What to Expect at 2021 NACSA Virtual Leadership Conference for Charter School Authorizers
As educators, we need to recognize the significance of this moment for charter school authorizers. The pandemic has interrupted schooling for millions of children–widening achievement and opportunity gaps that we...
Wyoming Gets a New Authorizer Is the Headline, But There’s More to the Story
Last month we touched on a Wyoming bill, SF130, which created a new authorizing pathway in the state. But there is more to the bill that deserves to be highlighted: through a comprehensive overhaul, SF130...
Amid Change, Our Autonomy and Community Are Our Strength
This blog post was written by Dr. Sana Shaikh, who served until this spring as Director of School Operations at Rise Prep High School, an autonomous school in Springfield, Massachusetts. Rise...