The A-GAME project is facilitated and managed by the National Charter Schools Institute, in partnership with Momentum Strategy & Research and general expert advising from Nelson Smith. The National Authorizer Leadership Team provides guidance and assists in the development of many of the A-GAME grant products and deliverables. The National Advisory Committee. provides content feedback and will support dissemination efforts.
Shaping the future
“Serving as the project director for this grant provides a powerful opportunity to shape the future on how to best measure student and school performance. We will be relentless about developing and sharing solutions that are best in class as we work with these leading authorizers and our partners at Momentum Strategy and Research.”
Cheri Shannon | Chief Strategy Officer | National Charter Schools Institute
The primary mission of NCSI is to inspire and democratize excellence in education.
For nearly 25 years, NCSI has worked to provide a range of training and support for people and organizations in the charter community—from policymakers to authorizers to school operators. NCSI brings their extensive support experience, along with their first rate digital compliance and performance management platform, Epicenter, to the A-GAME project to facilitate working sessions and professional development opportunities, support the development and dissemination of project related deliverables, and provide a data platform to house the data to build a data dashboard for authorizers and other stakeholders to use in setting performance targets with their alternative charter schools.
Momentum's mission is to bring to light the best available data and information to impact K-12 public education policy and practice.
Using their original research and Alternative School, Performance, and Policy Database, the co-founders of Momentum, Jim Griffin and Dr. Jody Ernst, have been assisting stakeholders in K-12 education—from school practitioners to state departments of education—to develop relevant and rigorous alternative accountability measures, metrics, and frameworks for nearly two decades. As such, Momentum is the primary grant partner to NCSI and serves as the content experts to the A-GAME project—providing data and analytics to build the data dashboard and support informed recommendations from the project team and National Authorizer Leadership Team.
As the founding president of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Nelson Smith is a known leader in the charter school sector. He has held leadership positions in education policy for more than 30 years. In addition to servicing as the first President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Nelson has served as Senior Advisor to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers; the first Executive Director of the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board; Vice President for Education and Workforce Development at the New York City Partnership; and Director of Programs for the Improvement of Practice at the U.S. Department of Education. He has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has written extensively about education reform issues including alternative charter school accountability and oversight of virtual charters.
While a senior advisor to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, Nelson convened an Alternative Charter School Work Group, which resulted in the report, Anecdotes Aren’t Enough: An Evidence Based Approach to Accountability for Alternative Charter Schools.
National Authorizer Leadership Team
The A-GAME project is led by the National Charter Schools Institute, Momentum Strategy & Research, a National Authorizer Leadership Team composed of experienced charter school authorizers, along with advisors and project evaluators carefully assembled to maximize project objectives.
Willing to challenge the givens, these experienced authorizers compose the grant’s National Authorizer Leadership Team:
National Advisory Committee
The National Advisory Committee (NAC) consists of practitioners, charter school advocates, student advocacy groups, and other interested parties. The A-GAME NAC’s role is to provide feedback to the project team on the tools and deliverables, ensuring that a variety of perspectives are taken into consideration and addressed, as appropriate, in the project deliverables.
National Advisory Group Members include:
The project team is seeking four additional members for the A-GAME NAC. The Committee meets quarterly via two teleconference meetings and two in-person meetings in conjunction with existing national charter school related events. If you are interested in participating on the Committee, please contact us using the Form on the webpage. and we will send you an application. Because membership is limited, we will be looking for individuals that can commit to attending the quarterly meetings, provide timely feedback on documents, and participate in the dissemination of grant related materials provide link to jump to the form.