The Achievement School District’s goals are bold: changing our students’ lives through our commitment to academic excellence, equity for all children, and the development and engagement of community. We believe that high-performing charter partners are critical to these goals because they give educators the freedom to use their best ideas to ignite student learning and provide additional public school choices for parents and students. We also understand the tremendous amount of work—in academics, operations, finance, and community engagement—required to open and run a high-performing school.

To this end, we are committed to engaging talented local partners in the important work of creating high quality school options and want to further our work to create a local operator applicant pipeline through a series of workshops intended to support local leaders in partnering with the ASD.

What Can You Learn in Our Workshops?

Our workshops cover the basics of charter schooling and the nuances of the ASD’s neighborhood school focus in a portfolio district. Each session focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for the effective operation of a turnaround school in the ASD and sessions will culminate in advance of the launch of the ASD’s 2017 Charter Request for Proposals, for schools opening in 2018 and beyond. Sessions of both workshops are scheduled for Memphis and Nashville.

In the Charter Foundations workshop, you will learn:

  • What a public charter school is and how it is similar to and different from a traditional public school
  • The structures and personnel required by law to operate a public charter school in Tennessee
  • The key components included in a viable charter proposal

The Working in the ASD workshop explores:

  • The ASD’s portfolio district model
  • Creating effective school plans for a turnaround environment
  • The autonomy afforded public charter school operators in the ASD
  • How operations and finance function differently in the ASD
  • The accountability metrics used to drive decision making in the ASD
  • The ASD’s school monitoring and accountability practices

Register now for Working in the ASD–Nashville on November 5
NEW DATE—Register now for Working in the ASD–Memphis on November 19

Who Can Attend the Training Sessions?

Anyone interested in learning more about charter school autonomy and accountability with a focus on the ASD is welcome to attend. Participants don’t need to have experience in education but should be prepared to assemble a team that includes members with a variety of expertise, including in school leadership.

Participants are not expected to take part in both training sessions; rather, participants can attend one or both of the trainings, depending on their own background knowledge and needs.

How Do I Sign Up?

Please visit the Eventbrite links below to sign up for the remaining Working in the ASD workshops. If you have questions about the workshops or ASD charter authorization, email Anna Kucaj, ASD manager of authorization Send your questions about the workshops and ASD charter authorization to Anna Kucaj at

Working in the ASD–Nashville
November 5, 10 AM-2:30 PM

Working in the ASD–Memphis
NEW DATE—November 19, 10 AM-2:30 PM