SchoolWorks helps charter school authorizers effectively manage critical tasks during peak seasons of the authorizing cycle (such as new school application review), and can also help develop policies, tools, and resources to streamline processes.

Accountability System Supports

SYSTEM DESIGN

  • Creation of rigorous oversight and accountability processes that incorporate quality control measures
  • Development of tools and rubrics

SYSTEM UPGRADE

  • Refinement of existing oversight systems to tighten methodology and increase consistency
  • Protocol development for site visits
  • Professional development and staff  training

Application Supports

DECISION MANAGEMENT

  • Methodical review of new school applications against a defined protocol
  • Facilitation by an experienced team, fully trained in guidance principles
  • Creation of a summary of review with recommendations

TASK SUPPORT

  • Application review
  • Background check/due diligence
  • On-site or virtual interviews

Renewal Supports

DECISION MANAGEMENT

  • Implementation of renewal processes in accordance with policy/protocol
  • Facilitation by an experienced team, fully trained in guidance principles
  • Documented review summary with recommendations

TASK SUPPORT

  • Application/evidence review
  • Renewal site visit facilitation
  • Renewal site visit support

Additional Services

SchoolWorks also provides support to authorizers through the facilitation of objective third-party site visits (diagnostic or formative), and through thought partnership in the form of strategic planning, Board training, and professional development.

 

SchoolWorks Authorizer Clients

SchoolWork helps authorizers nationwide – of all sizes and all stages of experience – strengthen their internal processes and build their capacity to administer key practices. Our engagements speak to the company’s expertise and ability to provide consultative training to authorizers toward the development and/or refinement of key practices.

 

SchoolWorks Authorizing Experts

SchoolWorks staff of former charter school authorizers and policy makers provides expertise, guidance, and support to authorizers nationwide—of all sizes and all stages of experience—to strengthen their internal processes and build their capacity to administer key practices. We adapt our strategies to meet your needs, providing support that enhances your existing operations and acting as a high-functioning extension of your team.

Kim Wechtenhiser

PRESIDENT
Former Associate Vice President of the State University of New York Charter Schools Institute, Kim served as an Independent Consultant for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and numerous authorizers nationwide.

David Hartman

SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Previous Supervisor of the Charter School Center at Minnesota’s Department of Education, David designed and implemented the nation’s first authorizer certification process. He spearheaded state-driven authorizer reviews in both Minnesota and Ohio.

Robin Coyne-Hull

SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Robin served as head of school for the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School—one of the highest achieving charter schools in Massachusetts. For SchoolWorks, she supported the application review process for Louisiana State Board of Education.

Download a PDF of our authorizer support services here.