Virtual Authorizer Boot Camp

Virtual Authorizer Boot Camps: Fall 2021

The Fundamentals of Quality Authorizing

NACSA’s Virtual Authorizer Boot Camps (VAB) provide those new to authorizing with a complete grounding in the fundamentals of quality authorizing practices. These courses cover essential practices, must-have core resources, problem-solving tips, and the historical context of the charter movement. Among other important subjects, VABs cover authorizing topics such as applications, ongoing evaluation, and charter renewal- all grounded in NACSA’s Principles & Standards.  

Learner Profile

Virtual Boot Camps are designed for individuals who have worked in an authorizing office for less than one year and are looking to gain a high-level understanding of effective authorizing practices (if space is available, we will also accommodate learners in authorizing-adjacent fields such as board members or charter school leaders). By registering for a VAB you are acknowledging that you fit the learner profile and will complete all course requirements. Seats are limited and filled on a first come, first served basis. 

Which Boot Camp is Right for Me?

This Fall, NACSA will host two Boot Camp offerings: 1) Cohort-based Virtual Authorizer Boot Camp, and 2) Pre-Conference Boot Camp IntensiveBoth will deepen your knowledge of authorizing best practices and give you access to core resources to support and streamline your work.  The differences between the two are the level of content depth, delivery format, and time commitment required. 


Seats are limited and filled on a first come first served basis. 


Virtual Authorizer Boot Camp Cohort 

In this cohort-based VAB, participants will receive a complete grounding of authorizing fundamentals. Coursework will convey the historical context of the charter movement and discuss essential practices of authorizing while orienting all participants to core resources and tools to support their work. Cohort members will collaborate and network with fellow authorizing professionals and NACSA staff to discuss and solve the real-world challenges they are facing.  

The course includes a mix of live, virtual sessions and self-paced e-learning modules, spread over the course of six weeks. Modules must be completed prior to the corresponding live sessions.  

  • Runs August 25 – October 6, 2021 
  • Approximately 15 contact hours 
  • Course Fee: FREE (Members), $199 (Non-Members) 

Fall 2021 VAB Syllabus 

Pre-Conference Virtual Authorizer Boot Camp 

The Pre-conference VAB will provide participants with a high-level understanding of authorizing best practices as a primer to the 2021 Leadership Conference in October. Sessions will be engaging, interactive and collaborative, while orienting participants to core resources and tools to support their work. 

The program is comprised of three live, virtual sessions spread over the course of one week. 

  • Runs the week of October 11, 2021 
  • Approximately 4.5 contact hours 
  • Course Fee: FREE (Members), $70 (Non-Members)

Pre-Conference VAB Agenda

What Others Have to Say

“I was able to directly apply my learning within days. I built my capacity and have a more confident voice. In looking at an upcoming renewal, I have more tools in my tool belt.”
—Clay County Public Schools 

“In the end, with the discussions, real-world assignments and general overview of the sponsor’s roles and responsibilities, it has been reassuring for me that (a) I’m in the right seat on the right bus and (b) I have a pretty solid grasp of a complete job description. My confidence level has increased dramatically and that feeling of being overwhelmed has been mitigated (until some new exciting circumstances present themselves). Having national connections will be helpful on a go-forward basis.”
—University of Missouri, Kansas City 

“There were gems in every discussion and for myself being new to this arena, everything said will have an impact on how I view and handle situations, draft policy and create systems to better help our office and more specifically my team becomes more efficient in authorizing and monitoring compliance for accountability.”
—Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission 

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