CARSNet 2017-18 California Charter Authorizers Master Class

2-Day Intensive Professional Development Opportunity for Experienced District and COE Charter Authorizing Staff


Master Class: California Charter Authorizers Master Class is an intensive training designed for experienced district and county office personnel seeking to improve their practice and develop the capacity of their organizations to provide high-quality charter petition review and charter school oversight.
Values, Principles and Expectations: CARSNet’s work is guided by its statement of Values, Principles and Expectations.
Annual Progress Report: Accountability for results in exchange for autonomy and flexibility is at the heart of the charter school concept. The 2018 Master Class’s curriculum will focus on the charter school oversight process, with a special emphasis on development/use of the  Annual Report Process and report format that documents a charter school’s performance and their progress to a renewal/non-renewal decision by their authorizer. Key topics will include:

  • Charter School Oversight in the Charter School Lifecycle
  • Critical components of the charter school oversight function
    • Fiscal
    • Governance and Operational
    • Academic; drawing upon the LCAP Process
  • Annual Report Content and Process

Hands On Class: While clear and systematic documentation of a charter school’s performance is essential to the high stakes decision to renew or not renew that charter, there is little guidance provided in law to guide this decision. This Master Class is structured to make progress on the development of a “best practice” annual report process/structure for California. Master Class is built upon a base of existing knowledge and expertise that CARSNet will bring to the work. However, this Master Class will not be a passive event, all participants (faculty and attendees) will be challenged to draw from their experience, best practices in California and other states to craft an Annual Report process that will work in their district/county and will also contribute to the state level discussion of how this work can be best done in California.

Charter Authorizing Experience Required: Participants must be district and county office employees who have responsibility for review of charter petitions, oversight of operating charter schools, and charter renewal.  Applicants should have at least 1 year of experience and/or have completed some training in charter authorizing, through CARSNet or other organizations.

Class Dates – February 7-8, 2018: CARSNet Master Class will be offered February 7-8, 2018 at the San Ramon Valley Conference Center in San Ramon, CA.  It will begin on Wednesday morning at 10 am and end by 4:00 pm on Thursday.  The cohort will be limited to approximately 20 participants.


Registration with CCAP membership – $225

Registration without CCAP membership – $325

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This includes all meals, lodging and materials. Participants are responsible for their own travel costs, although some scholarships to cover travel costs are available. Please contact CARSNet directly to apply for a travel scholarship.

Completed applications for CARSNet Master Class must be received by: ASAP! Deadline extended but don’t wait spaces are filling up!