Numerous members of the Colorado charter school community will be heading to Indianapolis in a few days for the annual National Association of Charter School Authorizers conference. This is the eighth annual conference. I was at the first organizational meeting, which was held in Chicago.
Several districts in Colorado are members of NACSA. Recently they released standards for quality charter authorizing. There are a variety of other publications that are helpful for charter authorizers such as self-evaluation instruments and issue briefs. Further, staff members and people from authorizing entities are very willing to share best practices and help others newer to authorizing.