Current Activities


Getting the Most Out of Strategic Planning

Facilitated on behalf of The Charter Support Unit, this session shows school leaders how to establish or refine their annual process of determining goals and strategies for the upcoming year. Participants will learn how to:

  • Identify a planning team
  • Collect and analyze school-specific data
  • Utilize data and input to identify priorities
  • Analyze and identify the root causes to the school’s key challenges
  • Formulate an “actionable” plan

It is led by SchoolWorks’ Managing Director of Leadership Supports Betty Dao-Ivey, who has supported over 150 school leaders through successful plan development and implementation.

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8 Key Tips for Writing a Successful Charter School Application

In this free webinar, our experts will share essential advice and strategies to help new school founders develop a strong, successful charter school application.

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K-12 Remote Learning Plan Rubric

SchoolWorks is providing its K-12 Remote Learning Plan Rubric free of charge to school, district, and network stakeholders seeking quality resources to inform planning in the current landscape. If your team is tasked with developing a comprehensive plan for delivering a distance learning option that may include online learning, you may use this rubric as a framework to design and implement a sustainable and equitable solution.

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Charter Application Bootcamp

SchoolWorks’ comprehensive online course provides authoritative insight into the process of starting a charter school. Our experts move through each section of the application, providing context, insights, and key considerations to help charter school founders develop a strong, consistent, and thorough narrative response. The course also provides insights into many of the common pitfalls that can prevent applications from gaining approval.

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Previously Recorded Online Events


Now What? A Discussion for Authorizers and Schools about Learning Loss and Academic Performance Expectations

Aired May 26, 2021, featuring:

  • Erin Kupferberg, Senior Manager of Financial and Academic Quality at the DC Public Charter School Board
  • Jason Sarsfield, Deputy Director at The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University
  • Chancey Anderson, Co-Founder/CEO School Development at Prodeo Academy in Minneapolis

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Authorizing: Shifting to Remote Site Visits

Aired October 8, 2020, featuring:

  • Paula Barney and Jermaine Curtis, Rhode Island Department of Education Charter School Office
  • Brittany Monda, Shelby County Schools

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Pandemic: The Return to School Roadmap

SchoolWorks hosted this free webinar to share ideas, challenges, and strategies surrounding the safe, efficient, and equitable return to school as framed by the Return to School Roadmap.
Aired May 13, 2020, featuring:

  • Juliette Cricket Heinze of Opportunity Labs
  • J. Scott Cascone, Superintendent of West Orange School District, New Jersey

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Renewal in the Absence of State Assessments: A Conversation Among Authorizers

SchoolWorks hosted a closed virtual session for active authorizers on April 29, 2020. Over 40 authorizers from 16 states took part, representing school districts, state education agencies, independent charter boards, and higher education institutions with a wide array of portfolio sizes. To remove barriers for participation, SchoolWorks hosted this session with the protection of anonymity, but is pleased to share these key discussion points with the community at large.

Aired April 29, 2020
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Pandemic: Balancing Accountability, Support, and Autonomy With Charter School Distance Learning Plans

Aired April 20, 2020, featuring:

  • Susie Miller Carello, Executive Director, State University of New York Charter Schools Institute
  • Janelle Bradshaw, Superintendent, Public Prep Network
  • Roger Kligerman, Director of Quality & Accountability, School District of Philadelphia Charter Schools Office
  • Essence Caleb, Director of Strategy, Operations, and Engagement, School District of Philadelphia Charter Schools Office

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Pandemic: Sharing Key Considerations for Remote Learning

Aired April 15, 2020, featuring:

  • Nicholas Kim, Director of District and School Success at Summit Learning (T.L.P. Education)
  • Kristen Watkins, Director of Personalized Learning at Dallas Independent School District
  • Darby West, School Leader at KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary in Colorado

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Pandemic: Charter School Renewal Decisions in the Absence of State Assessment Results

Aired April 6, 2020, featuring:

  • David Frank, ED, Charter School Office, New York State Education Department
  • Angela Alvarez, ED, Office of New Initiatives, Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Jason Sarsfield, Deputy Director, Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University

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Charter School Oversight Through The Pandemic

Aired March 30, 2020, featuring:

  • Peng Chao, Executive Director, School District of Philadelphia Charter Schools Office
  • Tess Stovall, Director of Charter Schools, Tennessee State Board of Education
  • Jason Sarsfield, Deputy Director, Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University

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Press Releases

January 7, 2019:  SchoolWorks Announces Change of Ownership

Introducing SchoolWorks Charter Application Bootcamp!

Thinking of launching a charter school? Not sure where to begin? Check out our new online course, brought to you by the trusted experts at SchoolWorks.