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Specialized charter school financing programs, maximizing tax credit subsidies to reduce payment burden on the School.

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The Charter School Tools Contributor's page is a listing of consultants, agencies, companies and organizations who have contributed valuable support to Charter School Tools. Each contributor has made the decision of becoming an integral part of the movement in assuring the operational success of charter schools. If you are interested in making a contribution to this site, please contact us at info@charterschooltools.org or call us at 225.387.8605.

NewSchools Venture Fund seeks to transform public education by supporting passionate education entrepreneurs who are working to provide all children – especially those in underserved communities – with excellent academic opportunities. Throughout the country, these innovators’ powerful new ideas for empowering students, families and teachers are achieving dramatic results and redefining our sense of what is possible.
Aspire Public Schools: Board Management
NewSchools Venture Fund seeks to transform public education by supporting passionate education entrepreneurs who are working to provide all children – especially those in underserved communities – with excellent academic opportunities. Throughout the country, these innovators’ powerful new ideas for empowering students, families and teachers are achieving dramatic results and redefining our sense of what is possible.
Achievement First - The Design and Implementation of a Highly Effective Teacher Recruitment System
NewSchools Venture Fund seeks to transform public education by supporting passionate education entrepreneurs who are working to provide all children – especially those in underserved communities – with excellent academic opportunities. Throughout the country, these innovators’ powerful new ideas for empowering students, families and teachers are achieving dramatic results and redefining our sense of what is possible.
DC Prep - Implementation of the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP)
NewSchools Venture Fund seeks to transform public education by supporting passionate education entrepreneurs who are working to provide all children – especially those in underserved communities – with excellent academic opportunities. Throughout the country, these innovators’ powerful new ideas for empowering students, families and teachers are achieving dramatic results and redefining our sense of what is possible.
Aspire Public Schools - An Approach to Opening News Schools
NewSchools Venture Fund seeks to transform public education by supporting passionate education entrepreneurs who are working to provide all children – especially those in underserved communities – with excellent academic opportunities. Throughout the country, these innovators’ powerful new ideas for empowering students, families and teachers are achieving dramatic results and redefining our sense of what is possible.
Aspire Sample School Start Up Workplan
NewSchools Venture Fund seeks to transform public education by supporting passionate education entrepreneurs who are working to provide all children – especially those in underserved communities – with excellent academic opportunities. Throughout the country, these innovators’ powerful new ideas for empowering students, families and teachers are achieving dramatic results and redefining our sense of what is possible.
Principal Development: Selection, Support & Evaluation
NewSchools Venture Fund seeks to transform public education by supporting passionate education entrepreneurs who are working to provide all children – especially those in underserved communities – with excellent academic opportunities. Throughout the country, these innovators’ powerful new ideas for empowering students, families and teachers are achieving dramatic results and redefining our sense of what is possible.
Facilities Management and Maintenance
4th Sector Solutions was founded on the idea that 4th sector organizations — that combine elements of private, public and non-profit entities — have unique capacity needs that can best be served by an organization focused on supporting their non-core activities. Charter schools are 4th sector organizations. They are non-profit corporations that receive public funding, but operate much like private sector organizations.
Budgeting & Scheduling for School Success
4th Sector Solutions was founded on the idea that 4th sector organizations — that combine elements of private, public and non-profit entities — have unique capacity needs that can best be served by an organization focused on supporting their non-core activities. Charter schools are 4th sector organizations. They are non-profit corporations that receive public funding, but operate much like private sector organizations.
Louisiana Charter School Budgeting Presentation
Public Impact is a national education policy and management consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, N.C. We are a team of researchers, thought leaders, tool-builders, and on-the-ground consultants who help education leaders and policymakers improve student learning in K-12 education.

Designing Effective Professional Development Experiences: What Do We Know?
Public Impact is a national education policy and management consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, N.C. We are a team of researchers, thought leaders, tool-builders, and on-the-ground consultants who help education leaders and policymakers improve student learning in K-12 education.

School Turnaround Teachers: Selection Toolkit
Public Impact is a national education policy and management consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, N.C. We are a team of researchers, thought leaders, tool-builders, and on-the-ground consultants who help education leaders and policymakers improve student learning in K-12 education.

School Turnaround Leaders: Selection Toolkit
Public Impact is a national education policy and management consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, N.C. We are a team of researchers, thought leaders, tool-builders, and on-the-ground consultants who help education leaders and policymakers improve student learning in K-12 education.

School Turnaround Teachers: Competencies for Success
Public Impact is a national education policy and management consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, N.C. We are a team of researchers, thought leaders, tool-builders, and on-the-ground consultants who help education leaders and policymakers improve student learning in K-12 education.

Teacher Compensation in Charter and Private Schools
Public Impact is a national education policy and management consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, N.C. We are a team of researchers, thought leaders, tool-builders, and on-the-ground consultants who help education leaders and policymakers improve student learning in K-12 education.

School Turnaround Leaders: Competencies for Success
Public Impact is a national education policy and management consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, N.C. We are a team of researchers, thought leaders, tool-builders, and on-the-ground consultants who help education leaders and policymakers improve student learning in K-12 education.

Teacher Tenure Reform: Applying Lessons from the Civil Service and Higher Education
Public Impact is a national education policy and management consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, N.C. We are a team of researchers, thought leaders, tool-builders, and on-the-ground consultants who help education leaders and policymakers improve student learning in K-12 education.

How Should States Define Teacher Effectiveness?
Public Impact is a national education policy and management consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, N.C. We are a team of researchers, thought leaders, tool-builders, and on-the-ground consultants who help education leaders and policymakers improve student learning in K-12 education.

Performance-Based Dismissals: Cross-Sector Lessons for School Turnarounds
Public Impact is a national education policy and management consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, N.C. We are a team of researchers, thought leaders, tool-builders, and on-the-ground consultants who help education leaders and policymakers improve student learning in K-12 education.

Measuring Teacher and Leader Performance: Cross-Sector Lessons for Excellent Evaluations
Public Impact is a national education policy and management consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, N.C. We are a team of researchers, thought leaders, tool-builders, and on-the-ground consultants who help education leaders and policymakers improve student learning in K-12 education.

3x for All: Extending the Reach of Education's Best
Public Impact is a national education policy and management consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, N.C. We are a team of researchers, thought leaders, tool-builders, and on-the-ground consultants who help education leaders and policymakers improve student learning in K-12 education.

Professional Development: Learning from the Best
Public Impact is a national education policy and management consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, N.C. We are a team of researchers, thought leaders, tool-builders, and on-the-ground consultants who help education leaders and policymakers improve student learning in K-12 education.

Opportunity at the Top: How America's Best Teachers Could Close the Gaps, Raise the Bar, and Keep Our Nation Great
Public Impact is a national education policy and management consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, N.C. We are a team of researchers, thought leaders, tool-builders, and on-the-ground consultants who help education leaders and policymakers improve student learning in K-12 education.

Why Good Authorizers Should Close Bad Schools
Cohen Schneider LLP is a full- service firm offering strategic, hands-on, personal service to individual and business clients throughout the country and to foreign clients with United States-based legal needs. We offer our clients the strength, knowledge and zealous representation one would traditionally find at a larger firm by combining cutting-edge legal strategies with our practical real-world business experience.
Schools & Social Media
Cohen Schneider LLP is a full- service firm offering strategic, hands-on, personal service to individual and business clients throughout the country and to foreign clients with United States-based legal needs. We offer our clients the strength, knowledge and zealous representation one would traditionally find at a larger firm by combining cutting-edge legal strategies with our practical real-world business experience.
Adding New Board Members: The Steps You Are Required to Take and The Risks of Getting it Wrong

Chad Aldeman
Education Sector
As a policy analyst at Education Sector, Aldeman's work has focused on K–12 and higher education accountability. In addition to contributing regularly to Education Sector's blog The Quick and the Ed, he has published Education Sector reports on state higher education accountability systems, the potential of improving high school accountability by incorporating outcomes data, the school choice process in New York City and Boston, and teacher salary schedules and pensions. His work has been featured in InsideHigherEd, Newsday, and the Des Moines Register.

Aldeman holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and a master's of public policy degree from the College of William and Mary. While at William and Mary, he assisted on research projects analyzing the drafting and implementation of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, parental choice in the Milwaukee school voucher program, and state variations in teacher policies by type of credentialing board. Aldeman spent the summer of 2007 at Education Sector researching state higher education accountability plans and blogging for The Quick and the Ed.
Better Benefits: Reforming Teacher Pensions for a Changing Work Force
As a policy analyst at Education Sector, Aldeman's work has focused on K–12 and higher education accountability. In addition to contributing regularly to Education Sector's blog The Quick and the Ed, he has published Education Sector reports on state higher education accountability systems, the potential of improving high school accountability by incorporating outcomes data, the school choice process in New York City and Boston, and teacher salary schedules and pensions. His work has been featured in InsideHigherEd, Newsday, and the Des Moines Register.

Aldeman holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and a master's of public policy degree from the College of William and Mary. While at William and Mary, he assisted on research projects analyzing the drafting and implementation of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, parental choice in the Milwaukee school voucher program, and state variations in teacher policies by type of credentialing board. Aldeman spent the summer of 2007 at Education Sector researching state higher education accountability plans and blogging for The Quick and the Ed.
Teacher Pension Reform

Stefanie Allweiss
Board Consultant
Stefanie J. Allweiss received her J.D. from Tulane University School of Law in 1980, where she graduated cum laude. Ms. Allweiss practiced law for 25 years, from 1980 until 2005, specializing in the area of labor and employment law. She was a partner with the law firms of McCalla Thompson and Fisher & Phillips.

Ms. Allweiss has been a frequent speaker for and member of the CLE Committee for the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (LADC), the Louisiana Automobile Dealership Association (LADA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

From 2005 through 2008, Ms. Allweiss served as the Executive Director of Employee Relations and Equity for Tulane University. As Executive Director, Ms. Allweiss reviewed and resolved employee relations issues for the Tulane University community, conducted impartial investigations of harassment and discrimination complaints, and presented student, staff and faculty training in the areas of harassment, discrimination, employee relations and progressive performance management. Ms. Allweiss also conducted new hire orientation, administered the unemployment appeals process, and rendered advices to staff and faculty on University policies, progressive discipline and applicable employment laws.

Ms. Allweiss has been a contributing author for the Louisiana Bar Journal (Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law) and has written a chapter for Employment Discrimination Law, 2nd ed. (1983), B. Schlei & P. Grossman. She has also served on the Editorial Board for The Louisiana Labor Letter.
Policies for Charter Schools

Allan Beane, Ph.D.
Bully Free Systems, LLC
Allan L. Beane, Ph.D., a former classroom teacher, is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, and author on bullying. He has over 37 years experience in education that includes teaching special education, teaching regular education, teaching higher education, serving as Director of a School Safety Center, and Vice President of a University.
Seven Ways Schools Must Address Bullying

Ginny Byrd Porter, LMSW
Research Associates
Research Associates was founded in 1985 with a purpose to create opportunities to improve lives. We are driven by our mission to be the leader at helping schools and large nonprofits in the southeastern US obtain and use grant resources effectively and efficiently to achieve their missions. We will realize our mission and purpose by: (1) maintaining high quality work standards; (2) building long-term client relationships based on mutual trust and respect; (3) serving customers with a high degree of reliability while consistently exceeding their expectations; and (4) adhering to high ethical standards.
Grant Writing: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Described by others with such phrases as “the platinum standard on board and governance matters” and “the foremost authority on charter school governance in the country,” one-time high-school dropout Dr. Brian L. Carpenter is a prolific writer, speaker and board trainer whose impact is felt in charter schools throughout the country. The list of institutions that have expressed thanks for his work includes countless schools, as well as prominent organizations such as Ball State University, the South Carolina Public Charter School District, the Governor of Delaware, Harvard University, and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.

Though known for his expertise on charter schools, those close to Brian know that he is anything but one-dimensional. His professional life experiences include seven years of peacetime service in the Marine Corps, adjunct teaching at the collegiate and university levels, and twelve years as a school leader. He advocated parental choices in education as part of the prestigious Mackinac Center for Public Policy for three years before going on to become CEO of the National Charter Schools Institute at Central Michigan University, where he published two books and numerous papers and articles on the importance of sound governance as an indispensable key to building a high-performing school. Always an entrepreneur at heart, Brian formed his own consulting business in the summer of 2009, under whose banner he continues his passion of helping schools.

After joining the Marines at age 17, Brian eventually returned to school, earning his associates, bachelors, masters, and most recently, doctoral degrees. His Ph.D. was conferred by Capella University in the fall of 2008. Using his dissertation to study the characteristics of boards whose schools dissolved, Dr. Carpenter became the first researcher in the country to study this particular aspect of charter school closures. He is also one of a few hundred consultants worldwide to have been personally trained by Dr. John and Miriam Carver in the theory and application of Policy Governance®. Brian is a member of the International Policy Governance Association and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.
Always Carry Dry Socks - Survival Lessons for Schools I Learned as a US Marine
Described by others with such phrases as “the platinum standard on board and governance matters” and “the foremost authority on charter school governance in the country,” one-time high-school dropout Dr. Brian L. Carpenter is a prolific writer, speaker and board trainer whose impact is felt in charter schools throughout the country. The list of institutions that have expressed thanks for his work includes countless schools, as well as prominent organizations such as Ball State University, the South Carolina Public Charter School District, the Governor of Delaware, Harvard University, and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.

Though known for his expertise on charter schools, those close to Brian know that he is anything but one-dimensional. His professional life experiences include seven years of peacetime service in the Marine Corps, adjunct teaching at the collegiate and university levels, and twelve years as a school leader. He advocated parental choices in education as part of the prestigious Mackinac Center for Public Policy for three years before going on to become CEO of the National Charter Schools Institute at Central Michigan University, where he published two books and numerous papers and articles on the importance of sound governance as an indispensable key to building a high-performing school. Always an entrepreneur at heart, Brian formed his own consulting business in the summer of 2009, under whose banner he continues his passion of helping schools.

After joining the Marines at age 17, Brian eventually returned to school, earning his associates, bachelors, masters, and most recently, doctoral degrees. His Ph.D. was conferred by Capella University in the fall of 2008. Using his dissertation to study the characteristics of boards whose schools dissolved, Dr. Carpenter became the first researcher in the country to study this particular aspect of charter school closures. He is also one of a few hundred consultants worldwide to have been personally trained by Dr. John and Miriam Carver in the theory and application of Policy Governance®. Brian is a member of the International Policy Governance Association and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.
Five Reasons Why Most Charter School Boards Are Ineffective -- And What To Do About It

Marci Cornell-Feist
Reach The High Bar
Marci Cornell-Feist is considered the national expert on charter school governance. She founded her charter school consultancy Meetinghouse Solutions in 2001, and has focused on charter school governance since the mid 1990s. After working with 200+ charter schools, she created The High Bar to implement the most effective strategies and practices of her many clients, and as a means of spreading this information to a wider audience of charter schools. She is author of the Charter School Trustees Guide and numerous articles, including two issue briefs for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and is a frequent keynote speaker at major charter school conferences. Marci is also a co-founder of The Achievement Network, which helps schools use data-driven strategies to raise student achievement.

Earlier in her career, Marci worked throughout the nonprofit sector, including positions as senior staffer at the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center, Northwest Regional Director for the Student Conservation Association, Deputy Director of the Consortium/UNHCR refugee resettlement program in Lao P.D.R., and Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Marci is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bowdoin College.
Is Your Charter School Board Effective?
Marci Cornell-Feist is considered the national expert on charter school governance. She founded her charter school consultancy Meetinghouse Solutions in 2001, and has focused on charter school governance since the mid 1990s. After working with 200+ charter schools, she created The High Bar to implement the most effective strategies and practices of her many clients, and as a means of spreading this information to a wider audience of charter schools. She is author of the Charter School Trustees Guide and numerous articles, including two issue briefs for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and is a frequent keynote speaker at major charter school conferences. Marci is also a co-founder of The Achievement Network, which helps schools use data-driven strategies to raise student achievement.

Earlier in her career, Marci worked throughout the nonprofit sector, including positions as senior staffer at the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center, Northwest Regional Director for the Student Conservation Association, Deputy Director of the Consortium/UNHCR refugee resettlement program in Lao P.D.R., and Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Marci is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bowdoin College.
The THB Charter School Board of Trustees Job Description
Marci Cornell-Feist is considered the national expert on charter school governance. She founded her charter school consultancy Meetinghouse Solutions in 2001, and has focused on charter school governance since the mid 1990s. After working with 200+ charter schools, she created The High Bar to implement the most effective strategies and practices of her many clients, and as a means of spreading this information to a wider audience of charter schools. She is author of the Charter School Trustees Guide and numerous articles, including two issue briefs for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and is a frequent keynote speaker at major charter school conferences. Marci is also a co-founder of The Achievement Network, which helps schools use data-driven strategies to raise student achievement.

Earlier in her career, Marci worked throughout the nonprofit sector, including positions as senior staffer at the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center, Northwest Regional Director for the Student Conservation Association, Deputy Director of the Consortium/UNHCR refugee resettlement program in Lao P.D.R., and Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Marci is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bowdoin College.
Job Description - Finance Committee
Marci Cornell-Feist is considered the national expert on charter school governance. She founded her charter school consultancy Meetinghouse Solutions in 2001, and has focused on charter school governance since the mid 1990s. After working with 200+ charter schools, she created The High Bar to implement the most effective strategies and practices of her many clients, and as a means of spreading this information to a wider audience of charter schools. She is author of the Charter School Trustees Guide and numerous articles, including two issue briefs for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and is a frequent keynote speaker at major charter school conferences. Marci is also a co-founder of The Achievement Network, which helps schools use data-driven strategies to raise student achievement.

Earlier in her career, Marci worked throughout the nonprofit sector, including positions as senior staffer at the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center, Northwest Regional Director for the Student Conservation Association, Deputy Director of the Consortium/UNHCR refugee resettlement program in Lao P.D.R., and Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Marci is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bowdoin College.
Job Description - Governance Committee
Marci Cornell-Feist is considered the national expert on charter school governance. She founded her charter school consultancy Meetinghouse Solutions in 2001, and has focused on charter school governance since the mid 1990s. After working with 200+ charter schools, she created The High Bar to implement the most effective strategies and practices of her many clients, and as a means of spreading this information to a wider audience of charter schools. She is author of the Charter School Trustees Guide and numerous articles, including two issue briefs for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and is a frequent keynote speaker at major charter school conferences. Marci is also a co-founder of The Achievement Network, which helps schools use data-driven strategies to raise student achievement.

Earlier in her career, Marci worked throughout the nonprofit sector, including positions as senior staffer at the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center, Northwest Regional Director for the Student Conservation Association, Deputy Director of the Consortium/UNHCR refugee resettlement program in Lao P.D.R., and Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Marci is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bowdoin College.
Job Description - Development Committee
Marci Cornell-Feist is considered the national expert on charter school governance. She founded her charter school consultancy Meetinghouse Solutions in 2001, and has focused on charter school governance since the mid 1990s. After working with 200+ charter schools, she created The High Bar to implement the most effective strategies and practices of her many clients, and as a means of spreading this information to a wider audience of charter schools. She is author of the Charter School Trustees Guide and numerous articles, including two issue briefs for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and is a frequent keynote speaker at major charter school conferences. Marci is also a co-founder of The Achievement Network, which helps schools use data-driven strategies to raise student achievement.

Earlier in her career, Marci worked throughout the nonprofit sector, including positions as senior staffer at the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center, Northwest Regional Director for the Student Conservation Association, Deputy Director of the Consortium/UNHCR refugee resettlement program in Lao P.D.R., and Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Marci is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bowdoin College.
Job Description - Academic Excellence Committee
Marci Cornell-Feist is considered the national expert on charter school governance. She founded her charter school consultancy Meetinghouse Solutions in 2001, and has focused on charter school governance since the mid 1990s. After working with 200+ charter schools, she created The High Bar to implement the most effective strategies and practices of her many clients, and as a means of spreading this information to a wider audience of charter schools. She is author of the Charter School Trustees Guide and numerous articles, including two issue briefs for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and is a frequent keynote speaker at major charter school conferences. Marci is also a co-founder of The Achievement Network, which helps schools use data-driven strategies to raise student achievement.

Earlier in her career, Marci worked throughout the nonprofit sector, including positions as senior staffer at the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center, Northwest Regional Director for the Student Conservation Association, Deputy Director of the Consortium/UNHCR refugee resettlement program in Lao P.D.R., and Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Marci is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bowdoin College.
Job Description - Board Chair
Marci Cornell-Feist is considered the national expert on charter school governance. She founded her charter school consultancy Meetinghouse Solutions in 2001, and has focused on charter school governance since the mid 1990s. After working with 200+ charter schools, she created The High Bar to implement the most effective strategies and practices of her many clients, and as a means of spreading this information to a wider audience of charter schools. She is author of the Charter School Trustees Guide and numerous articles, including two issue briefs for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and is a frequent keynote speaker at major charter school conferences. Marci is also a co-founder of The Achievement Network, which helps schools use data-driven strategies to raise student achievement.

Earlier in her career, Marci worked throughout the nonprofit sector, including positions as senior staffer at the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center, Northwest Regional Director for the Student Conservation Association, Deputy Director of the Consortium/UNHCR refugee resettlement program in Lao P.D.R., and Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Marci is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bowdoin College.
Job Description - Vice Chair
Marci Cornell-Feist is considered the national expert on charter school governance. She founded her charter school consultancy Meetinghouse Solutions in 2001, and has focused on charter school governance since the mid 1990s. After working with 200+ charter schools, she created The High Bar to implement the most effective strategies and practices of her many clients, and as a means of spreading this information to a wider audience of charter schools. She is author of the Charter School Trustees Guide and numerous articles, including two issue briefs for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and is a frequent keynote speaker at major charter school conferences. Marci is also a co-founder of The Achievement Network, which helps schools use data-driven strategies to raise student achievement.

Earlier in her career, Marci worked throughout the nonprofit sector, including positions as senior staffer at the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center, Northwest Regional Director for the Student Conservation Association, Deputy Director of the Consortium/UNHCR refugee resettlement program in Lao P.D.R., and Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Marci is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bowdoin College.
Job Description - Treasurer
Marci Cornell-Feist is considered the national expert on charter school governance. She founded her charter school consultancy Meetinghouse Solutions in 2001, and has focused on charter school governance since the mid 1990s. After working with 200+ charter schools, she created The High Bar to implement the most effective strategies and practices of her many clients, and as a means of spreading this information to a wider audience of charter schools. She is author of the Charter School Trustees Guide and numerous articles, including two issue briefs for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and is a frequent keynote speaker at major charter school conferences. Marci is also a co-founder of The Achievement Network, which helps schools use data-driven strategies to raise student achievement.

Earlier in her career, Marci worked throughout the nonprofit sector, including positions as senior staffer at the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center, Northwest Regional Director for the Student Conservation Association, Deputy Director of the Consortium/UNHCR refugee resettlement program in Lao P.D.R., and Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Marci is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bowdoin College.
Board Secretary Job Description
Marci Cornell-Feist is considered the national expert on charter school governance. She founded her charter school consultancy Meetinghouse Solutions in 2001, and has focused on charter school governance since the mid 1990s. After working with 200+ charter schools, she created The High Bar to implement the most effective strategies and practices of her many clients, and as a means of spreading this information to a wider audience of charter schools. She is author of the Charter School Trustees Guide and numerous articles, including two issue briefs for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and is a frequent keynote speaker at major charter school conferences. Marci is also a co-founder of The Achievement Network, which helps schools use data-driven strategies to raise student achievement.

Earlier in her career, Marci worked throughout the nonprofit sector, including positions as senior staffer at the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center, Northwest Regional Director for the Student Conservation Association, Deputy Director of the Consortium/UNHCR refugee resettlement program in Lao P.D.R., and Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Marci is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bowdoin College.
Agenda Template
Marci Cornell-Feist is considered the national expert on charter school governance. She founded her charter school consultancy Meetinghouse Solutions in 2001, and has focused on charter school governance since the mid 1990s. After working with 200+ charter schools, she created The High Bar to implement the most effective strategies and practices of her many clients, and as a means of spreading this information to a wider audience of charter schools. She is author of the Charter School Trustees Guide and numerous articles, including two issue briefs for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and is a frequent keynote speaker at major charter school conferences. Marci is also a co-founder of The Achievement Network, which helps schools use data-driven strategies to raise student achievement.

Earlier in her career, Marci worked throughout the nonprofit sector, including positions as senior staffer at the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center, Northwest Regional Director for the Student Conservation Association, Deputy Director of the Consortium/UNHCR refugee resettlement program in Lao P.D.R., and Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Marci is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bowdoin College.
Top 10 Mistakes of Charter School Founding Boards
Marci Cornell-Feist is considered the national expert on charter school governance. She founded her charter school consultancy Meetinghouse Solutions in 2001, and has focused on charter school governance since the mid 1990s. After working with 200+ charter schools, she created The High Bar to implement the most effective strategies and practices of her many clients, and as a means of spreading this information to a wider audience of charter schools. She is author of the Charter School Trustees Guide and numerous articles, including two issue briefs for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and is a frequent keynote speaker at major charter school conferences. Marci is also a co-founder of The Achievement Network, which helps schools use data-driven strategies to raise student achievement.

Earlier in her career, Marci worked throughout the nonprofit sector, including positions as senior staffer at the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center, Northwest Regional Director for the Student Conservation Association, Deputy Director of the Consortium/UNHCR refugee resettlement program in Lao P.D.R., and Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Marci is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bowdoin College.
Top 10 Characteristics of Highly Effective Charter School Governing Boards
Marci Cornell-Feist is considered the national expert on charter school governance. She founded her charter school consultancy Meetinghouse Solutions in 2001, and has focused on charter school governance since the mid 1990s. After working with 200+ charter schools, she created The High Bar to implement the most effective strategies and practices of her many clients, and as a means of spreading this information to a wider audience of charter schools. She is author of the Charter School Trustees Guide and numerous articles, including two issue briefs for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and is a frequent keynote speaker at major charter school conferences. Marci is also a co-founder of The Achievement Network, which helps schools use data-driven strategies to raise student achievement.

Earlier in her career, Marci worked throughout the nonprofit sector, including positions as senior staffer at the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center, Northwest Regional Director for the Student Conservation Association, Deputy Director of the Consortium/UNHCR refugee resettlement program in Lao P.D.R., and Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Marci is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bowdoin College.
GOOD to GOVERN: Evaluating the Capacity of Charter School Founding Boards
Marci Cornell-Feist is considered the national expert on charter school governance. She founded her charter school consultancy Meetinghouse Solutions in 2001, and has focused on charter school governance since the mid 1990s. After working with 200+ charter schools, she created The High Bar to implement the most effective strategies and practices of her many clients, and as a means of spreading this information to a wider audience of charter schools. She is author of the Charter School Trustees Guide and numerous articles, including two issue briefs for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and is a frequent keynote speaker at major charter school conferences. Marci is also a co-founder of The Achievement Network, which helps schools use data-driven strategies to raise student achievement.

Earlier in her career, Marci worked throughout the nonprofit sector, including positions as senior staffer at the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center, Northwest Regional Director for the Student Conservation Association, Deputy Director of the Consortium/UNHCR refugee resettlement program in Lao P.D.R., and Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Marci is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bowdoin College.
GOOD to GOVERN: Charter School Founding Board Diagnostic Tool
Marci Cornell-Feist is considered the national expert on charter school governance. She founded her charter school consultancy Meetinghouse Solutions in 2001, and has focused on charter school governance since the mid 1990s. After working with 200+ charter schools, she created The High Bar to implement the most effective strategies and practices of her many clients, and as a means of spreading this information to a wider audience of charter schools. She is author of the Charter School Trustees Guide and numerous articles, including two issue briefs for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and is a frequent keynote speaker at major charter school conferences. Marci is also a co-founder of The Achievement Network, which helps schools use data-driven strategies to raise student achievement.

Earlier in her career, Marci worked throughout the nonprofit sector, including positions as senior staffer at the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center, Northwest Regional Director for the Student Conservation Association, Deputy Director of the Consortium/UNHCR refugee resettlement program in Lao P.D.R., and Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Marci is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bowdoin College.
Your Job as a Board Member and How to Do it Well

Sheila Fernley
SAF Educational Solutions LLC
Sheila Fernley, founder of SAF Educational Solutions, is an education consultant, author and presenter with more than 25 years education experience. Sheila holds expertise in a number of education topics including, classroom management, Response to Intervention, special education and federal funding. As an associate with the Center for Teacher Effectiveness, Sheila is a certified Time to Teach trainer. Time to Teach is a proven system of classroom management strategies and techniques.

An Associate for the Center for Teacher Effectiveness, she is best known for her workshops on classroom discipline, educating at-risk learners, educating students with disabilities and Response to Intervention.

Sheila has taught students in special education and Title I classrooms, served at the district level in public education and served on the Board of a private school.
8 Elements of Project Sustainability
Sheila Fernley, founder of SAF Educational Solutions, is an education consultant, author and presenter with more than 25 years education experience. Sheila holds expertise in a number of education topics including, classroom management, Response to Intervention, special education and federal funding. As an associate with the Center for Teacher Effectiveness, Sheila is a certified Time to Teach trainer. Time to Teach is a proven system of classroom management strategies and techniques.

An Associate for the Center for Teacher Effectiveness, she is best known for her workshops on classroom discipline, educating at-risk learners, educating students with disabilities and Response to Intervention.

Sheila has taught students in special education and Title I classrooms, served at the district level in public education and served on the Board of a private school.
Forming a Project Sustainability Plan
Sheila Fernley, founder of SAF Educational Solutions, is an education consultant, author and presenter with more than 25 years education experience. Sheila holds expertise in a number of education topics including, classroom management, Response to Intervention, special education and federal funding. As an associate with the Center for Teacher Effectiveness, Sheila is a certified Time to Teach trainer. Time to Teach is a proven system of classroom management strategies and techniques.

An Associate for the Center for Teacher Effectiveness, she is best known for her workshops on classroom discipline, educating at-risk learners, educating students with disabilities and Response to Intervention.

Sheila has taught students in special education and Title I classrooms, served at the district level in public education and served on the Board of a private school.
Sustainability... What Separates Good Grants from Great Programs
Sheila Fernley, founder of SAF Educational Solutions, is an education consultant, author and presenter with more than 25 years education experience. Sheila holds expertise in a number of education topics including, classroom management, Response to Intervention, special education and federal funding. As an associate with the Center for Teacher Effectiveness, Sheila is a certified Time to Teach trainer. Time to Teach is a proven system of classroom management strategies and techniques.

An Associate for the Center for Teacher Effectiveness, she is best known for her workshops on classroom discipline, educating at-risk learners, educating students with disabilities and Response to Intervention.

Sheila has taught students in special education and Title I classrooms, served at the district level in public education and served on the Board of a private school.
Planning Proposals that Get Funded

Libia Gil, PhD
American Institutes for Research
Libia Gil joined the American Institutes for Research to continue the work she began as the chief academic officer of New American Schools. As senior fellow, Dr. Gil provides counsel on leadership development initiatives and assists states and districts in developing strategies for improving student achievement by bridging evidence from both research and practice.

Dr. Gil is currently the lead consultant for the high school renewal efforts in the San Diego Unified School District on behalf of Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her focus on multiple strategies to address student achievement gaps includes the creation of small schools and support for small learning communities across the country.

For over nine years, Dr. Gil served as superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District. During her tenure, she actively engaged the community in creating a shared vision and core values that continue to serve as the foundation for goal-setting and operations in the school district today.

Dr. Gil helped to successfully implement numerous school change models, including six charter schools, and established partnerships with Edison Schools, Inc.; School Futures Research Foundation; Accelerated Schools; Comer; MicroSociety; Standards-Based Instruction; and the Ball Foundation. During this time, student academic performance improved and survey results showed a greater satisfaction in the schools. In the years since, Standard and Poor’s has continued to give the Chula Vista Elementary School District an A-plus rating to reflect the district’s efficient management and its low centralized administrative costs.

Dr. Gil began her teaching career in the Los Angeles Unified School District and has taught in various programs, including the English as a second language, bilingual education, and gifted and talented programs. As a teacher, she and her colleagues created a successful K–12 alternative school and numerous alternative classroom programs. In addition, Dr. Gil has held a variety of administrative positions including school principal, area administrator, and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

In 2002, Dr. Gil received the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education for her outstanding leadership in the Chula Vista district. She is renowned for her work in redesigning central office roles and functions to serve and support teaching and learning in the classrooms. Dr. Gil holds a PhD in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis on bilingual and multicultural education, from the University of Washington.
Common ELL Terms and Definitions

Wesley Johnson
Escamilla, Poneck, & Cruz LLP
Mrs. Johnson focuses her practice in the area of preventive law advising clients in the areas of school law, employment law, and governance.
Beyond the Charter Application: Section 504 Compliance in Academic and Non-Academic/Extra-Curricular Settings
Mrs. Johnson focuses her practice in the area of preventive law advising clients in the areas of school law, employment law, and governance.
Ensuring Accommodations and Nondiscrimination in Extracurricular & Non-Academic Settings
Mrs. Johnson focuses her practice in the area of preventive law advising clients in the areas of school law, employment law, and governance.
Medical Issues Facing Louisiana's Public Schools: What are School Nurses, Teachers, and Administrators To Do?

Patty Kennedy
Kennedy Spencer
Clients hire Kennedy Spencer to drive action. More than 90% of those actions are values-driven. We start by identifying clients' online and offline audiences, and assess their values as they relate to clients' goals. Leveraging those insights, we develop and implement strategies, messages, activities, and tools across any channel to help our clients achieve those goals.
Charter Schools Get Smart About Marketing
Clients hire Kennedy Spencer to drive action. More than 90% of those actions are values-driven. We start by identifying clients' online and offline audiences, and assess their values as they relate to clients' goals. Leveraging those insights, we develop and implement strategies, messages, activities, and tools across any channel to help our clients achieve those goals.
Identify, Inspire and Impact: Critical Factors for School Marketing

Gary Martin
Charter Leader Curriculum Standards
Quality School Standards
Improving Charter School Leadership
The High-Wire Job of Charter School Leadership
What is Good Evaluation
School Functions and Responsibilities Calendar
Leadership: The Keystone to Quality and Growth
What I Wish I Knew: First 3 Years of Charter School Operations

Frank Martinelli
Center for Public Skills Training
Frank Martinelli has over 35 years of work, training and consulting experience with a variety of nonprofit and public sector organizations. He is president of the Center for Public Skills Training where he specializes in strategic planning, governing board development, volunteer management, and community partnership and alliance building. Since 1976 over 45,000 professional staff, board and other volunteer leaders have benefited from Frank's practical, results-oriented training and consultation. Frank has worked extensively with school boards of traditional public, charter public and private schools and is the author of "Creating Effective Charter School Governing Boards" and "How Community-Based Organizations Can Start Charter Schools", a guide to assist nonprofit organizations in the design and launch of charter schools. Frank is the author of "Encouraging Visionary Board Leadership" appearing in the forthcoming book, You and Your Nonprofit Board: New Thinking from the Field's Top Practitioners, Researchers and Provocateurs, published by Charity Channel Press.
Creating an Effective Governing Board Guidebook
Frank Martinelli has over 35 years of work, training and consulting experience with a variety of nonprofit and public sector organizations. He is president of the Center for Public Skills Training where he specializes in strategic planning, governing board development, volunteer management, and community partnership and alliance building. Since 1976 over 45,000 professional staff, board and other volunteer leaders have benefited from Frank's practical, results-oriented training and consultation. Frank has worked extensively with school boards of traditional public, charter public and private schools and is the author of "Creating Effective Charter School Governing Boards" and "How Community-Based Organizations Can Start Charter Schools", a guide to assist nonprofit organizations in the design and launch of charter schools. Frank is the author of "Encouraging Visionary Board Leadership" appearing in the forthcoming book, You and Your Nonprofit Board: New Thinking from the Field's Top Practitioners, Researchers and Provocateurs, published by Charity Channel Press.
The Role of the Board in Strategic Planning

Jack McCarthy
How Pre-K Multiplies Education Reform Efforts

Rich Mincer
Don't Rush Out and Buy a SMART Board Yet!
Free Web APPs for Schools

Kathleen Padian
Facilities 101: How to Plan and Pay for Your School Building

Susan Patrick
iNACOL
Susan Patrick is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). iNACOL is the international K-12 nonprofit association representing the interests of practitioners, providers and students involved in online learning worldwide.

She is the former Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. As Director, she published the U.S. National Education Technology Plan for Congress and managed research and technical assistance programs on educational technology. In addition, she co-chaired the federal government’s Advanced Technologies Working Group for Education and Training; and served as a member of the Secretary’s Rural Education Task Force.

In 2008, Susan Patrick was named by eSchool News, a leading national education technology journal, as one of the top 10 national education leaders who “have had a profound impact on educational technology” in the past decade for her work at iNACOL and at the U.S. Department of Education.

Prior, Patrick worked in Arizona on government technology policy and legislation under Governor Jane Dee Hull. She received the 2001 Governor’s Spirit of Excellence Award.

She is a former Site Director for Old Dominion University’s TELETECHNET distance learning program.

Patrick holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from the Colorado College.

Patrick was the first woman to play in the men’s intramural football league at the Colorado College.

Susan Patrick has published articles and appeared in a variety of national news media such as CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, ABC News, NBC, CBS, US News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor, CSPAN, Computerworld, Forbes, National Public Radio, Education Week, New York Times, London Times, eSchool News, Converge, and numerous other publications.
Funding & Policy Frameworks: Virtual Learning
Susan Patrick is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). iNACOL is the international K-12 nonprofit association representing the interests of practitioners, providers and students involved in online learning worldwide.

She is the former Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. As Director, she published the U.S. National Education Technology Plan for Congress and managed research and technical assistance programs on educational technology. In addition, she co-chaired the federal government’s Advanced Technologies Working Group for Education and Training; and served as a member of the Secretary’s Rural Education Task Force.

In 2008, Susan Patrick was named by eSchool News, a leading national education technology journal, as one of the top 10 national education leaders who “have had a profound impact on educational technology” in the past decade for her work at iNACOL and at the U.S. Department of Education.

Prior, Patrick worked in Arizona on government technology policy and legislation under Governor Jane Dee Hull. She received the 2001 Governor’s Spirit of Excellence Award.

She is a former Site Director for Old Dominion University’s TELETECHNET distance learning program.

Patrick holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from the Colorado College.

Patrick was the first woman to play in the men’s intramural football league at the Colorado College.

Susan Patrick has published articles and appeared in a variety of national news media such as CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, ABC News, NBC, CBS, US News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor, CSPAN, Computerworld, Forbes, National Public Radio, Education Week, New York Times, London Times, eSchool News, Converge, and numerous other publications.
Policy & Funding Frameworks for Online Learning
Susan Patrick is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). iNACOL is the international K-12 nonprofit association representing the interests of practitioners, providers and students involved in online learning worldwide.

She is the former Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. As Director, she published the U.S. National Education Technology Plan for Congress and managed research and technical assistance programs on educational technology. In addition, she co-chaired the federal government’s Advanced Technologies Working Group for Education and Training; and served as a member of the Secretary’s Rural Education Task Force.

In 2008, Susan Patrick was named by eSchool News, a leading national education technology journal, as one of the top 10 national education leaders who “have had a profound impact on educational technology” in the past decade for her work at iNACOL and at the U.S. Department of Education.

Prior, Patrick worked in Arizona on government technology policy and legislation under Governor Jane Dee Hull. She received the 2001 Governor’s Spirit of Excellence Award.

She is a former Site Director for Old Dominion University’s TELETECHNET distance learning program.

Patrick holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from the Colorado College.

Patrick was the first woman to play in the men’s intramural football league at the Colorado College.

Susan Patrick has published articles and appeared in a variety of national news media such as CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, ABC News, NBC, CBS, US News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor, CSPAN, Computerworld, Forbes, National Public Radio, Education Week, New York Times, London Times, eSchool News, Converge, and numerous other publications.
A National Primer on K-12 Online Learning
Susan Patrick is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). iNACOL is the international K-12 nonprofit association representing the interests of practitioners, providers and students involved in online learning worldwide.

She is the former Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. As Director, she published the U.S. National Education Technology Plan for Congress and managed research and technical assistance programs on educational technology. In addition, she co-chaired the federal government’s Advanced Technologies Working Group for Education and Training; and served as a member of the Secretary’s Rural Education Task Force.

In 2008, Susan Patrick was named by eSchool News, a leading national education technology journal, as one of the top 10 national education leaders who “have had a profound impact on educational technology” in the past decade for her work at iNACOL and at the U.S. Department of Education.

Prior, Patrick worked in Arizona on government technology policy and legislation under Governor Jane Dee Hull. She received the 2001 Governor’s Spirit of Excellence Award.

She is a former Site Director for Old Dominion University’s TELETECHNET distance learning program.

Patrick holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from the Colorado College.

Patrick was the first woman to play in the men’s intramural football league at the Colorado College.

Susan Patrick has published articles and appeared in a variety of national news media such as CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, ABC News, NBC, CBS, US News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor, CSPAN, Computerworld, Forbes, National Public Radio, Education Week, New York Times, London Times, eSchool News, Converge, and numerous other publications.
Management and Operations of Online Programs
Susan Patrick is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). iNACOL is the international K-12 nonprofit association representing the interests of practitioners, providers and students involved in online learning worldwide.

She is the former Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. As Director, she published the U.S. National Education Technology Plan for Congress and managed research and technical assistance programs on educational technology. In addition, she co-chaired the federal government’s Advanced Technologies Working Group for Education and Training; and served as a member of the Secretary’s Rural Education Task Force.

In 2008, Susan Patrick was named by eSchool News, a leading national education technology journal, as one of the top 10 national education leaders who “have had a profound impact on educational technology” in the past decade for her work at iNACOL and at the U.S. Department of Education.

Prior, Patrick worked in Arizona on government technology policy and legislation under Governor Jane Dee Hull. She received the 2001 Governor’s Spirit of Excellence Award.

She is a former Site Director for Old Dominion University’s TELETECHNET distance learning program.

Patrick holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from the Colorado College.

Patrick was the first woman to play in the men’s intramural football league at the Colorado College.

Susan Patrick has published articles and appeared in a variety of national news media such as CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, ABC News, NBC, CBS, US News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor, CSPAN, Computerworld, Forbes, National Public Radio, Education Week, New York Times, London Times, eSchool News, Converge, and numerous other publications.
20/20 Costs and Funding of Virtual Schools
Susan Patrick is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). iNACOL is the international K-12 nonprofit association representing the interests of practitioners, providers and students involved in online learning worldwide.

She is the former Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. As Director, she published the U.S. National Education Technology Plan for Congress and managed research and technical assistance programs on educational technology. In addition, she co-chaired the federal government’s Advanced Technologies Working Group for Education and Training; and served as a member of the Secretary’s Rural Education Task Force.

In 2008, Susan Patrick was named by eSchool News, a leading national education technology journal, as one of the top 10 national education leaders who “have had a profound impact on educational technology” in the past decade for her work at iNACOL and at the U.S. Department of Education.

Prior, Patrick worked in Arizona on government technology policy and legislation under Governor Jane Dee Hull. She received the 2001 Governor’s Spirit of Excellence Award.

She is a former Site Director for Old Dominion University’s TELETECHNET distance learning program.

Patrick holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from the Colorado College.

Patrick was the first woman to play in the men’s intramural football league at the Colorado College.

Susan Patrick has published articles and appeared in a variety of national news media such as CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, ABC News, NBC, CBS, US News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor, CSPAN, Computerworld, Forbes, National Public Radio, Education Week, New York Times, London Times, eSchool News, Converge, and numerous other publications.
Using Online Learning for At-Risk Students and Credit Recovery
Susan Patrick is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). iNACOL is the international K-12 nonprofit association representing the interests of practitioners, providers and students involved in online learning worldwide.

She is the former Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. As Director, she published the U.S. National Education Technology Plan for Congress and managed research and technical assistance programs on educational technology. In addition, she co-chaired the federal government’s Advanced Technologies Working Group for Education and Training; and served as a member of the Secretary’s Rural Education Task Force.

In 2008, Susan Patrick was named by eSchool News, a leading national education technology journal, as one of the top 10 national education leaders who “have had a profound impact on educational technology” in the past decade for her work at iNACOL and at the U.S. Department of Education.

Prior, Patrick worked in Arizona on government technology policy and legislation under Governor Jane Dee Hull. She received the 2001 Governor’s Spirit of Excellence Award.

She is a former Site Director for Old Dominion University’s TELETECHNET distance learning program.

Patrick holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from the Colorado College.

Patrick was the first woman to play in the men’s intramural football league at the Colorado College.

Susan Patrick has published articles and appeared in a variety of national news media such as CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, ABC News, NBC, CBS, US News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor, CSPAN, Computerworld, Forbes, National Public Radio, Education Week, New York Times, London Times, eSchool News, Converge, and numerous other publications.
Goals, Guidelines, and Standards for Student Scientific Investigations
Susan Patrick is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). iNACOL is the international K-12 nonprofit association representing the interests of practitioners, providers and students involved in online learning worldwide.

She is the former Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. As Director, she published the U.S. National Education Technology Plan for Congress and managed research and technical assistance programs on educational technology. In addition, she co-chaired the federal government’s Advanced Technologies Working Group for Education and Training; and served as a member of the Secretary’s Rural Education Task Force.

In 2008, Susan Patrick was named by eSchool News, a leading national education technology journal, as one of the top 10 national education leaders who “have had a profound impact on educational technology” in the past decade for her work at iNACOL and at the U.S. Department of Education.

Prior, Patrick worked in Arizona on government technology policy and legislation under Governor Jane Dee Hull. She received the 2001 Governor’s Spirit of Excellence Award.

She is a former Site Director for Old Dominion University’s TELETECHNET distance learning program.

Patrick holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from the Colorado College.

Patrick was the first woman to play in the men’s intramural football league at the Colorado College.

Susan Patrick has published articles and appeared in a variety of national news media such as CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, ABC News, NBC, CBS, US News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor, CSPAN, Computerworld, Forbes, National Public Radio, Education Week, New York Times, London Times, eSchool News, Converge, and numerous other publications.
National Standards for Quality Online Programs
Susan Patrick is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). iNACOL is the international K-12 nonprofit association representing the interests of practitioners, providers and students involved in online learning worldwide.

She is the former Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. As Director, she published the U.S. National Education Technology Plan for Congress and managed research and technical assistance programs on educational technology. In addition, she co-chaired the federal government’s Advanced Technologies Working Group for Education and Training; and served as a member of the Secretary’s Rural Education Task Force.

In 2008, Susan Patrick was named by eSchool News, a leading national education technology journal, as one of the top 10 national education leaders who “have had a profound impact on educational technology” in the past decade for her work at iNACOL and at the U.S. Department of Education.

Prior, Patrick worked in Arizona on government technology policy and legislation under Governor Jane Dee Hull. She received the 2001 Governor’s Spirit of Excellence Award.

She is a former Site Director for Old Dominion University’s TELETECHNET distance learning program.

Patrick holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from the Colorado College.

Patrick was the first woman to play in the men’s intramural football league at the Colorado College.

Susan Patrick has published articles and appeared in a variety of national news media such as CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, ABC News, NBC, CBS, US News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor, CSPAN, Computerworld, Forbes, National Public Radio, Education Week, New York Times, London Times, eSchool News, Converge, and numerous other publications.
National Standards of Quality for Online Courses
Susan Patrick is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). iNACOL is the international K-12 nonprofit association representing the interests of practitioners, providers and students involved in online learning worldwide.

She is the former Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. As Director, she published the U.S. National Education Technology Plan for Congress and managed research and technical assistance programs on educational technology. In addition, she co-chaired the federal government’s Advanced Technologies Working Group for Education and Training; and served as a member of the Secretary’s Rural Education Task Force.

In 2008, Susan Patrick was named by eSchool News, a leading national education technology journal, as one of the top 10 national education leaders who “have had a profound impact on educational technology” in the past decade for her work at iNACOL and at the U.S. Department of Education.

Prior, Patrick worked in Arizona on government technology policy and legislation under Governor Jane Dee Hull. She received the 2001 Governor’s Spirit of Excellence Award.

She is a former Site Director for Old Dominion University’s TELETECHNET distance learning program.

Patrick holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from the Colorado College.

Patrick was the first woman to play in the men’s intramural football league at the Colorado College.

Susan Patrick has published articles and appeared in a variety of national news media such as CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, ABC News, NBC, CBS, US News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor, CSPAN, Computerworld, Forbes, National Public Radio, Education Week, New York Times, London Times, eSchool News, Converge, and numerous other publications.
National Standards for Quality Online Teaching
Susan Patrick is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). iNACOL is the international K-12 nonprofit association representing the interests of practitioners, providers and students involved in online learning worldwide.

She is the former Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. As Director, she published the U.S. National Education Technology Plan for Congress and managed research and technical assistance programs on educational technology. In addition, she co-chaired the federal government’s Advanced Technologies Working Group for Education and Training; and served as a member of the Secretary’s Rural Education Task Force.

In 2008, Susan Patrick was named by eSchool News, a leading national education technology journal, as one of the top 10 national education leaders who “have had a profound impact on educational technology” in the past decade for her work at iNACOL and at the U.S. Department of Education.

Prior, Patrick worked in Arizona on government technology policy and legislation under Governor Jane Dee Hull. She received the 2001 Governor’s Spirit of Excellence Award.

She is a former Site Director for Old Dominion University’s TELETECHNET distance learning program.

Patrick holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from the Colorado College.

Patrick was the first woman to play in the men’s intramural football league at the Colorado College.

Susan Patrick has published articles and appeared in a variety of national news media such as CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, ABC News, NBC, CBS, US News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor, CSPAN, Computerworld, Forbes, National Public Radio, Education Week, New York Times, London Times, eSchool News, Converge, and numerous other publications.
Online Teacher Support Programs: Mentoring and Coaching Models

Sheila Polk
TEACH the POSSIBILITY
TEACH the POSSIBILITY is an education consulting company that provides research, evaluation, systemic planning, and leadership capacity building services to charter school leaders, trustees, and founding groups to develop one and five-year academic plans to improve student achievement and close the achievement gap. We help schools to ensure that students are successful in spite of commonly considered obstacles such as poverty or lack of preparation for school.
Creating an Internally Accountable School
TEACH the POSSIBILITY is an education consulting company that provides research, evaluation, systemic planning, and leadership capacity building services to charter school leaders, trustees, and founding groups to develop one and five-year academic plans to improve student achievement and close the achievement gap. We help schools to ensure that students are successful in spite of commonly considered obstacles such as poverty or lack of preparation for school.
Instructional Leadership and Organizational Change: Learning to Expect and Manage the Unexpected
TEACH the POSSIBILITY is an education consulting company that provides research, evaluation, systemic planning, and leadership capacity building services to charter school leaders, trustees, and founding groups to develop one and five-year academic plans to improve student achievement and close the achievement gap. We help schools to ensure that students are successful in spite of commonly considered obstacles such as poverty or lack of preparation for school.
Creating Instructional Cultures of Achievement that Lead to Strong Internal Accountability and Close the Achievement Gap: What to Do When the Challenges Seem to Outweigh the Benefits?
TEACH the POSSIBILITY is an education consulting company that provides research, evaluation, systemic planning, and leadership capacity building services to charter school leaders, trustees, and founding groups to develop one and five-year academic plans to improve student achievement and close the achievement gap. We help schools to ensure that students are successful in spite of commonly considered obstacles such as poverty or lack of preparation for school.
Developing Strong Internal Accountability through Teacher Leadership: "It's all about the Relationships": Collegial Relationships that Work
TEACH the POSSIBILITY is an education consulting company that provides research, evaluation, systemic planning, and leadership capacity building services to charter school leaders, trustees, and founding groups to develop one and five-year academic plans to improve student achievement and close the achievement gap. We help schools to ensure that students are successful in spite of commonly considered obstacles such as poverty or lack of preparation for school.
The Hidden Power of Internal Accountability to Build Success That Endures: A Paradigm Shift!

Elizabeth Shaw
Realignment of the Louisiana Department of Education
Nancy J. Shoemaker is a BoardSource trained consultant and facilitator for nonprofit organizations. She facilitates board retreats and works with individual organizations on complex, nonprofit issues including: legal and fiduciary accountability, strategic planning, board development, fundraising, teamwork and generative thinking.

Before her formal training and work as a consultant, Nancy spent years as a volunteer board member on nonprofit boards and foundations in and around Sarasota, Florida. Most recently, she served for nine years on the United Way Board of Directors of Sarasota County, two of those years as its Chair. Her many years of board service bring a depth of experience and understanding to her consulting work.

Prior to her extensive work with boards, Nancy taught for nine years in the public schools of Chicago’s inner city. She later joined her family’s lumber and building supply business in Sarasota and worked there until it was sold. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College, in Northfield, Minnesota.
The Critical Challenge of Governance for Charter School Boards

Dr. Charles Speiker
Primer on Board Minutes
Tammy Stanton oversees the business operations for select charter school clients, which includes budgeting, cash flow projections, accounting, bookkeeping, compliance, payroll and general operational issues. Prior to joining ExED, she served as the treasurer for Ocean Charter School, and was involved in all aspects of budgeting and accounting for the school. She has worked as a Business Manager for Miraleste Music and the Women Alive Coalition. Tammy holds a B.A. in business from Antioch University.
Board Member: Your Fiscal Responsibility
Tammy Stanton oversees the business operations for select charter school clients, which includes budgeting, cash flow projections, accounting, bookkeeping, compliance, payroll and general operational issues. Prior to joining ExED, she served as the treasurer for Ocean Charter School, and was involved in all aspects of budgeting and accounting for the school. She has worked as a Business Manager for Miraleste Music and the Women Alive Coalition. Tammy holds a B.A. in business from Antioch University.
Tips for Proper Segregation of Duties
Tammy Stanton oversees the business operations for select charter school clients, which includes budgeting, cash flow projections, accounting, bookkeeping, compliance, payroll and general operational issues. Prior to joining ExED, she served as the treasurer for Ocean Charter School, and was involved in all aspects of budgeting and accounting for the school. She has worked as a Business Manager for Miraleste Music and the Women Alive Coalition. Tammy holds a B.A. in business from Antioch University.
ExED's "Do's" and "Don'ts" of Charter School Fiscal Responsibility
Tammy Stanton oversees the business operations for select charter school clients, which includes budgeting, cash flow projections, accounting, bookkeeping, compliance, payroll and general operational issues. Prior to joining ExED, she served as the treasurer for Ocean Charter School, and was involved in all aspects of budgeting and accounting for the school. She has worked as a Business Manager for Miraleste Music and the Women Alive Coalition. Tammy holds a B.A. in business from Antioch University.
Finance 101 for Charter School Board Members

John Tarvin
Claremont Consulting
John Tarvin, the principal of Claremont Consulting, a national firm, believes that all organizations and individuals have the capacity for continuous growth. Skilled at improving personal and collective effectiveness, John approaches each of his consulting assignments with a practiced approach to problem solving, grounded in his own extensive experiences as a president, executive director, COO, CFO, and chief development officer of a highly diverse set of nonprofit and for-profit organizations. As a result, he is able to quickly and accurately understand the organizational and personal challenges of his clients.
Financial Concepts All Charter Board Members Need to Know
John Tarvin, the principal of Claremont Consulting, a national firm, believes that all organizations and individuals have the capacity for continuous growth. Skilled at improving personal and collective effectiveness, John approaches each of his consulting assignments with a practiced approach to problem solving, grounded in his own extensive experiences as a president, executive director, COO, CFO, and chief development officer of a highly diverse set of nonprofit and for-profit organizations. As a result, he is able to quickly and accurately understand the organizational and personal challenges of his clients.
Your Job as a Board Member and How to Do it Well

Priscilla Wohlstetter, Ph.D.
Columbia University
Priscilla Wohlstetter is Distinguished Research Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, and also a Senior Researcher with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE). Wohlstetter was the Tisch Distinguished Visiting Professor at Teachers College prior to her faculty appointment in the Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis. Before coming to TC, she held the Diane and MacDonald Becket Professorship in Education Policy at the University of Southern California, where she also founded and directed the Center on Educational Governance.
Charter School Partnerships
Priscilla Wohlstetter is Distinguished Research Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, and also a Senior Researcher with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE). Wohlstetter was the Tisch Distinguished Visiting Professor at Teachers College prior to her faculty appointment in the Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis. Before coming to TC, she held the Diane and MacDonald Becket Professorship in Education Policy at the University of Southern California, where she also founded and directed the Center on Educational Governance.
Scaling Up Charter Management Organizations: Eight Key Lessons for Success
Priscilla Wohlstetter is Distinguished Research Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, and also a Senior Researcher with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE). Wohlstetter was the Tisch Distinguished Visiting Professor at Teachers College prior to her faculty appointment in the Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis. Before coming to TC, she held the Diane and MacDonald Becket Professorship in Education Policy at the University of Southern California, where she also founded and directed the Center on Educational Governance.
Family Engagement in Education: Seven Principles for Success
Priscilla Wohlstetter is Distinguished Research Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, and also a Senior Researcher with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE). Wohlstetter was the Tisch Distinguished Visiting Professor at Teachers College prior to her faculty appointment in the Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis. Before coming to TC, she held the Diane and MacDonald Becket Professorship in Education Policy at the University of Southern California, where she also founded and directed the Center on Educational Governance.
Maximizing Effectiveness: Focusing the Microscope on Charter School Governing Boards

Todd Ziebarth
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Todd Ziebarth is the vice president for state advocacy and support for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Previously, he worked as a policy analyst both at the Education Commission of the States from 1997 to 2003 and at Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates from 2003 to 2005. He has a Bachelors of Business Administration from Western Michigan University, a Master's of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Master's of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver.
State Policy Updates 2010
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Cohen Schneider, LLP
Chad Aldeman
Stefanie Allweiss
Allan Beane, Ph.D.
Ginny Byrd Porter, LMSW
Brian Carpenter
Marci Cornell-Feist
Sheila Fernley
Libia Gil, PhD
Wesley Johnson
Patty Kennedy
Gary Martin
Frank Martinelli
Jack McCarthy
Rich Mincer
Kathleen Padian
Susan Patrick
Sheila Polk
Elizabeth Shaw
Nancy J. Shoemaker
Dr. Charles Speiker
Tammy Stanton
John Tarvin
Priscilla Wohlstetter, Ph.D.
Todd Ziebarth
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