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Date December 9, 2004 - December 10, 2004
Location Northampton, Massachusetts (The Northampton Hotel)
The workshop will commence at 1:00pm on Thursday, December 9th and will conclude at 4:00pm on Friday, December 10th.

The Massachusetts Department of Education’s Charter School Office, in partnership with the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), will host the 2nd Northeast Charter School Authorizers Workshop.

Designed for charter school authorizers and those seeking charter school legislation in the Northeast region, this workshop will enhance collaboration among current and potential charter school authorizers, and strengthen authorizing practices by providing guidance and resources that embody NACSA’s Principles and Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing.

The first gathering of northeast authorizers was hosted back in January 2000 by the Connecticut Department of Education. Those in attendance found the workshop to be a tremendous opportunity to learn from each other's practices and network with authorizers working in neighboring states. The MA CSO seeks to reinvigorate that kind of learning and collaboration and invites you to attend the 2nd Northeast Charter School Authorizers Workshop.

In August 2004 NACSA conducted a needs assessment of authorizers and those seeking charter legislation in the Northeast to inform the workshop development. Based on the responses, this workshop will feature focused sessions on the issues authorizers face in overseeing a portfolio of high quality charter schools. Topics include:

Evaluating Academic Performance: measuring the academic performance of charter schools over time.

Evaluating Organizational Performance: assessing the viability of a public school.

Responding to Underperformance: strategies for responding to charter school performance that falls short of its expected goals.

NCLB and Charter School Accountability: aligning NCLB accountability requirements with charter school accountability systems.

Building Authorizing Capacity: developing the capacity and infrastructure required for effectively conducting authorizing responsibilities.

Registration. Participants must register for workshop online no later than November 30, 2004. There is no registration fee. Participants will only be responsible for lodging and travel expenses.

Hotel Reservations. Participants are responsible for booking their own lodgings at the group rate of $115/night by November 24, 2004. A credit card will be required to guarantee your reservation. This special group rate is also available for two days before and after the Workshop.

The Hotel Northampton Hotel
36 King Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Cancellation Policy. Participants are responsible for cancellation or change fees charged by the hotel.

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