I’m Engaged! Connecting the Authorizer Community

I’m Engaged! Connecting the Authorizer Community

NACSA is about community—bringing together authorizers of all types and sizes to learn and share together. What you put into your involvement with NACSA is what you get out of it. The more engaged you are with NACSA and the authorizer community, the more we, and other authorizers, can help you achieve your organizational and professional goals.

There are many ways for authorizers to get the most out of engaging with NACSA.

Here are a few to get started:

Participate in Communities

NACSA offers four Authorizer Communities through its membership program that are just waiting for you to engage with them. Have a pressing issue you’d love to get perspective on from your peers? Post it to a Community forum for discussion. Have a practice you’d like to share? Volunteer to present to your peers. Join your colleagues for virtual sessions. The success of each of the NACSA Communities are based entirely on your participation, so get involved!

Use Knowledge Core

NACSA resources are waiting for you, anywhere at any time. From full examples and templates to charter operator interviews and contracts—everything you need to implement essential practices for quality authorizing are available at your fingertips. Check out Knowledge Core for tools designed to make quality authorizing easier.

Equip Your Team with the Knowledge for Success

For most authorizers, everything you know about authorizing was learned on the job. While trial-by-fire and sink-or-swim tactics provide valuable experiences, you don’t have to go at it alone. NACSA offers two professional development opportunities for authorizers at varying stages in their career.

The Leaders Program is the ideal opportunity for authorizers in leadership positions that seek to learn more about quality authorizing practices, managing staff and other stakeholders, and fostering strong charter schools. Participants learn side-by-side with a cohort of their peers to complete the program armed with a toolkit to become an agent of change in their organizations.

Looking for a year’s worth of professional development in one shot? Join more than 450 of peers at the NACSA’s Annual Leadership Conference. This four-day event offers everything you need to support your professional development as an authorizer while strengthening your knowledge of essential practices and emerging trends.

Reach Out For Help

When things get tough, sometimes you just need an extra hand to walk with you. NACSA is here to support you in your advancement as an authorizer. We hear from authorizers every day looking for suggestions, guidance, and expertise, and we’re always happy to help. We also offer a number of professional services aimed at assisting authorizers in advancing their practices and organizations.

NACSA’s membership program fosters a collaborative community of authorizers—one where we are all working together and supporting one another in creating better options for kids. We all benefit when we can learn from our collective experiences, share our challenges, and seek solutions as a community.

So get engaged! Explore how you can better leverage NACSA and become invested in our community of authorizers committed to quality.

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