The A-GAME project is facilitated and managed by the National Charter Schools Institute, in partnership with Momentum Strategy & Research and senior project advisor 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 will provide content feedback and 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 extensive support experience, along with its first rate digital compliance and performance management platform, Epicenter, to the A-GAME project. It facilitates working sessions and professional development opportunities, supports the development and dissemination of project related deliverables, and provides a data platform that will enable authorizers and other stakeholders to set 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 content expert 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.
Nelson Smith has held leadership positions in education policy for more than 30 years. In addition to serving 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 National Authorizer Leadership Team (NALT) consists of eleven forward thinking authorizing organizations that each authorize at least one alternative charter school. NALT members were selected to represent the general authorizing community and include myriad contexts and historical backgrounds. They are large and small, district and university, state SEAs and independent state boards, East coast and West coast, Northern and Southern. The NALT provides guidance to the project team and assists in the development of many of the A-GAME grant products and deliverables
The NALT includes the following organizations:
National Advisory Committee
The National Advisory Committee (NAC) consists of practitioners, charter school advocates, representatives of 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 is taken into consideration and addressed appropriately in project deliverables.
National Advisory Group Members include:
The project team is seeking additional members for the A-GAME NAC.
The Committee meets via teleconference and in-person meetings, often in conjunction with existing national charter school related events. If you are interested in participating on the Committee, please contact A-GAME using the form below. Because membership is limited, we will be looking for individuals who can commit to attending meetings, provide timely feedback on documents, and participate in the dissemination of grant related materials.