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2018 Essay Contest Winners

Since launching the essay contest during National School Choice Week in January, more than 300 Michigan charter school students have shared their stories with us about who their heroes are. We were deeply moved by the essays received. Through these stories, we learned of many, many students who are embracing challenges and beating the odds […]

Facilities Webinars: Summer 2018

Facilities Webinars: Summer 2018

Join the National Charter Schools Institute this summer and tackle space use and project planning at your building!       The building is the single-largest financial asset a charter school has, yet our space use practices receive remarkably little attention as we put band-aids on space issues semester-to-semester and year-to-year. Poor space usage can be the […]


2017 Midwest Art Contest Winners

Thank you to all of the charter school students who participated in the 2017 Midwest Charter Schools Art Contest! Over 1,000 students from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin shared drawings of where they would go and how they would get there if they could go “Up, Up, and Away!” Our panel of judges were […]

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Meet Dr. Angie Melhado

Spotlight highlights a National Charter Schools Institute team member. This month we highlight Dr. Angie Melhado. Dr. Angelete (Angie) Melhado was the President and CEO of Melhado Consulting Services, LLC. She started her independent educational consulting company in 1999—offering services and assistance to school boards, educational service providers (ESPs), and both traditional and charter schools […]

Facilities Webinar

Feeling the Squeeze? Why Bringing Space Planning Into Focus is Critical to Success Join us for this new Facilities Webinar on Tuesday June 20, 2017 at 11:30am EST. Principals and boards don’t want to miss this enlightening, 60 minute webinar full of tips and tricks on how to make the most of your facility! About […]

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Institute Adds Expertise to Help Charters Excel

The National Charter Schools Institute strives to help school boards and authorizers throughout the country excel in education. The Institute recently added two professionals to our Board and Authorizer Services team who offer a tremendous and varied skillset and are passionate about working with charter schools. Dustin Sommer recently joined the Institute after five years […]

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Meet Fritz Esch, Ph.D.

Spotlight highlights a National Charter Schools Institute team member. This month we highlight Fritz Esch, Ph.D. Fritz Esch is an Associate with the National Charter Schools Institute. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan and raised in Charlotte, Michigan. After high school, he graduated from Hillsdale College with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion. […]