Master Class: December 7-8, 2017 in Newark, NJ

How can CSOs better support charter schools to serve students with special needs

Join us on December 7-8 in Newark, New Jersey, for a Master Class for charter support organization (CSO) staff on how different CSOs around the country are helping charter schools meet the needs of students receiving special education services. The Illinois Network of Charter Schools, the National Center for Special Education and Charter Schools, and the National Alliance are co-convening this Master Class.

If you have any questions, please contact Allison Jack at

We’ve reserved a block of discounted rooms at our meeting location, the Hilton Newark Penn Station. The hotel rooms start at $145.00 plus taxes & fees. Please visit Hilton Newark Penn Station and use group code: NAP to book your reservation and receive your discount until November 20th.

If you need assistance in reserving your room please contact Lucy Dominguez at and provide the following:

  • First and Last Name
  • Hotel Dates 
  • Contact Information 

Any additional questions please call Amelia Moore at 202.251.2840

Master Class Registration

Scheduled Agenda: 

December 7, 2017  1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

December 8, 2017 ♦ 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Dec. 7 – KIPP New Jersey (school location TBD)

1:30 pm:  Welcome & school overview

1:45 pm:  School tour

2:15 pm:  Presentation by the school

2:35 pm: Questions

2:45 Break

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Monday – Overview of Special Education in Charter Schools - NCSECS

(a crash course on special education for those of us not trained in it – an Opt in session)

  • IDEA and Section 504s
  • IEPs
  • Terminology
  • Special education finance
  • State level differences
  • Outstanding challenges
  • Other concepts/ideas we should know

Friday, Dec. 8 (Hilton Newark Penn Station)

8:30 am Breakfast

9:00 am: Opening, objectives and introductions

The 6 primary roles CSOs play in special education

9:15 – 10:25

  • Networking & Support – Massachusetts
  • Professional Development/training – NYC
  • Convening SPED educators - Illinois

10:25- 10:40 Break 

10:40 - noon

  • Technical assistance – New Jersey
  • Identifying Best Practices – California
  • Special Education Coordinator Leadership Development – New Orleans

Noon to 12:45

Working lunch with Dixon Deutsch (LAUSD) on the district perspective on charter schools and special education

12:45 – 1:25 – NCSECS’ SPED Program Assessment Tool – Lauren Rhim, NCSECS

1:25 – 2:05 – El Dorado SELPA’s Leadership Boot Camp – David Toston, El Dorado SELPA (CA)

2:05 – 2:50 – How can CSO’s better support charter school on special education - Lauren Rhim, NCSECS

2:50 to 3:00 pm Wrap up