Because Quality Charter Schools Don’t Happen by Accident!
Charter Starter Consulting from the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) provides support to guide charter school developers through the charter school planning and application process.
Charter Starter Consulting provides educational innovators with essential resources and guidance to open great charter schools in Chicago and throughout Illinois. We seek talented teachers, teacher-leaders, school leaders and leaders in the community, nonprofits and businesses who have the vision and drive to create the next generation of great charter schools.
There are two tracks to choose from - Charter Design: Fundamentals or Charter Design: Fast Forward:
- Fundamentals is right for teams or individuals with a vision for a high-quality charter school and who are ready to flesh out their charter school design.
- Fast Forward is for advanced teams seeking to submit charter applications by Summer 2014.
|Expert-led training sessions to build critical skills and knowledge for charter design||✓||✓|
|Access to successful charter applications, model school policies and charter design resources||✓||✓|
|Facilitated school visits focused on key areas of charter design||✓||✓|
|School Design Portfolio and Capstone Presentation||✓|
|Targeted growth plan to ensure readiness to submit charter application||✓|
|Customized support in priority areas such as finance, facilities, fundraising, community engagement and governance||✓|
|Comprehensive charter application review and preparation for authorizer interviews||✓|
Interested in Learning More?
Contact Ashley Heard, Charter Growth Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on Charter Starter Consulting and how to apply.
Do you know an educator, community leader or entrepreneur with the vision and drive to start a charter school? Nominate them by emailing name and contact information to email@example.com we will contact them to share information about the program.
Over the past five years, our support has resulted in approval of great new schools in Chicago and communities across Illinois. Hear what some of our clients have to say:
“The process of developing a charter school is not an easy one. Having an organization like INCS to help developers first understand what it takes to be a charter school and then offer advice and guidance along the way is invaluable. I’m not sure we would have made it without INCS.”
Roberta Parks, Board Secretary
Quest Charter School, Peoria, IL (Opened Fall 2010)
"Whether through their extensive network of charter school partners or their highly experienced staff, the Illinois Network of Charter Schools largely streamlined the extensive process for opening a downstate charter school.”
Josh Slaughterback, Principal
8 Points Charter School, Jacksonville, IL (Opened Fall 2011)
“INCS' Charter Consulting Program has been indispensable to the Orange School's growth. They provided expertise that helped us develop our board, strategize partnerships, network with veterans, apply for grants, and prepare a strong proposal for Chicago Public Schools. They also prevented us from making errors that would have forced us to double or quadruple our work correcting them. Personally, one of the most rewarding things has been their unswerving pragmatism and reassurance in a constantly shifting, perpetually vulnerable environment.”
Ari Frede, Founder
Orange School, Chicago, IL (Opening Fall 2014)