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This blog post was written by Susie Miller Carello, Executive Director, SUNY Charter Schools Institute.

At the State University of New York Charter Schools Institute (SUNY), we believe that all students, regardless of where they live, deserve access to a high-quality public education.

We also understand that, just like every child is unique, so is every neighborhood. It’s important that this diversity is reflected across all dimensions in our schools, from the leadership and staff to the instructional models, practices, and services.

That’s why for the more than two decades since the passage of the Charter Schools Act, the SUNY…

This piece was written by Arthur Samuels, Executive Director, Pagee Cheung, Principal, Princess Francois, Assistant Principal of Math & Science, and Dwayne James, Social Worker & Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Math, Engineering, and Science Academy (MESA) Charter High School in Brooklyn, NY. MESA Charter High School is authorized by New York State Regents.

When MESA Charter High School opened in 2013, we described it as a “love bubble on the third floor” of the forbidding public building we shared with two other district schools.

We are located in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, a community comprised largely…

This blog post was written by Campbell Mims and Wendy Ward from the South Carolina Public Charter School District.

The pandemic has changed everything in the lives of South Carolina Public Charter School District educators and students.

Our mission — to improve learning and increase learning opportunities — suddenly had to incorporate all the challenges of hybrid, face-to-face, and virtual instruction. These challenges brought to light that now, more than ever, we must advocate for the whole child, not just in the classroom, but also in the home and in the community.

Focusing attention on our students’ and teachers’ social…

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Photo by Katerina Holmes from Pexels

In early 2021, NACSA embarked on a new journey to help charter schools, authorizers, and leaders prioritize the aspirations and needs communities have for their kids.

Learn about the origins of this approach, and why it matters, in this interview with NACSA president and CEO, Karega Rausch.

Why #WithCommunities? What sparked the effort to encourage authorizers, charter school leaders, and others to prioritize communities?

Excellent learning opportunities literally change life outcomes for students and communities, especially those long-overlooked, like communities of color, lower-income communities, families of students with disabilities, and others.

Creating those opportunities with communities (vs. doing to communities)…


We’re NACSA and we believe that we can create the best education systems for our students by collaborating #WithCommunities. Join us:

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