December 2019 Newsletter

The word "NEWS" written in chalk on a blackboard
04 Dec, 2019

Welcome to the National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC) Newsletter!

NCSRC is back! 

First, a brief reintroduction: the NCSRC is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education’s Charter School Programs (CSP), the grant-making body for the charter school grant programs housed in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). The NCSRC is the central hub for expert technical assistance and high-quality resources for CSP grantees and the charter sector as a whole.

Second, thank you for the privilege of your inbox. We promise we will treat it with respect and deliver useful, high-quality, and important charter school content every quarter. If you like what you see, tell us. Something missing? Let us know. Just want to chat with some charter school and technical assistance experts? Drop us a line here

Third, in this and future newsletters you can expect a variety of useful resources, including best practices, grantee profiles, and expert interviews. We will also share reports, tools, and events from NCSRC and our partners. Topics will include grant management strategies, charter school facilities, replication and expansion, school improvement throughout the charter lifecycle, and others. (Including newsletter names – please vote for your favorite below!) 

There is something for everyone and for every corner of the charter sector. 

Let’s get started. 

-The NCSRC Team

What'd we miss?

New CSP Grant Awards in 2019

State entities from Alabama, New Hampshire, and Washington were awarded over $90 million in total expected grant funding from the Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Charter School Programs in the 2019 fiscal year. Five credit enhancement grantees were awarded more than $45 million for charter school facilities in 2019, and eight grantees from a variety of states – and Puerto Rico - received more than $10 million in funding to open new schools or replicate and expand high-performing charter schools. Read more about these charter school grant programs, the 2019 awardees, and those from previous years.

State Entity | Credit Enhancement | Developer

Growing Public Support for Charters

Nearly half of the general public voiced support for charter schools in the 2019 EducationNext Survey, up from 44 percent in 2018. Learn more about public opinions and misconceptions about charter schools. 

Read more…

Great NCSRC Resources

Find Funding on Our Website

Visit our site – – to find funding information and grant opportunities (and great case studies like the one featured in this section).

There are many resources under the funding tab as well as a funding-specific newsletter you can sign up to receive to stay informed. 

Funding Info

A Case Study in Deep Community Engagement

The Native American Community Academy (NACA) is featured in a case study in community outreach and engagement. Check out some of the great video interviews to learn how NACA connects students and families with a public education option that respects identities and traditions and how a CSP grant contributed to the school’s success in New Mexico. 

NACA Case Study

From Our Partners

Better & Quickly

This WestEd webinar introduces the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement. A key partner on the NCSRC team, WestEd offers a comprehensive and systemic approach for rapid school improvement for charter schools. Stay tuned for more reports, webinars, and resources on this important topic at the NCSRC website.

Room for Improvement