Charter Authorizer Support Initiative (CASI)
The Charter Authorizer Support Initiative (CASI) is a program managed collaboratively by the California Department of Education (CDE), Charter Schools Division and two CDE sub-grant recipients: the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s (SCCOE) Charter Schools Department and the California Charter Authorizing Professionals (CCAP). The initiative will expand professional development and networking opportunities for authorizers through statewide and regional activities, with a special emphasis on supporting small and rural authorizers. CASI is funded through the Public Charter Schools Grant Program Charter School Authorizer Technical Assistance Provider Sub-Grant, under the federal Charter School Programs.
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|Monthly Charter Chats
Monthly virtual statewide meetings with regional breakout rooms to discuss the latest information, best practices, and hot topics in charter authorizing. Charter Chats are held from 10 to 11 a.m. (PST) on the last Wednesday of the month.
2023 Charter Chat Schedule:
2024 Charter Chat Schedule:
|Quarterly Regional Trainings||
CASI Quarterly Regional Trainings will include both in-person and virtual trainings. In-person trainings will be hosted by partner County Offices of Education (COE) and are for charter school authorizers only. Non-authorizers are welcome to participate in virtual trainings. CASI Quarterly Regional Trainings offer opportunities for authorizers to collaborate with colleagues from their region on a topic of authorizing responsibility, with resources and support from CASI representatives.
2024 January Quarterly Regional Training:
CASI will hold its January 2024 Quarterly Regional Training on “Authorizers and Charter School Facilities.” Authorizers will review oversight requirements and best practices concerning charter facilities during the life cycle of a charter school, from petition through start-up, operations, and in the event of closure. The training will include financing mechanisms such as the Charter School Facility Grant Program and charter school use of school district facilities under Proposition 39. For the January 2024 session, CASI is offering one two-hour virtual training.
Virtual: Tuesday, Jauary 23, 2024, 1 to 3 p.m. (all welcome). If you would like to register for the virtual training, please register on January 2024 CASI Quarterly Regional Training Zoom Registration prior to the event.
There is no charge for CASI Quarterly Regional Trainings. If you have questions on charter school facilities which you would like to have addressed during the session, please direct them to CASI@cde.ca.gov.
2024 Quarterly Regional Training Schedule
The archived CASI presentations below include abbreviated descriptions of the meeting contents. The content provided in the resources in this section, including recorded webinars and PowerPoint slides, is accurate as of the date of posting.
Statewide Introductory Kickoff Meeting (February 28, 2022)
Topics include: CASI Mission, Upcoming Events, Contact Information, and Hot Topics in Charter Authorizing
- Charter Authorizer Support Initiative Statewide Informational Meeting, February 2022 (Video; 43:37)
- Meeting Presentation Slides (PPTX)
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