Often in the headlines-and always on the front lines-the passionate professionals at The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools (Center) are hard at work building better schools for Michigan families every day.
This work extends beyond their service at the Center. Many on our team have been tapped to serve in leadership positions in numerous state and national educational organizations. They are also invited to consult with organizations that need help, and to present at numerous events each year. When state and federal education policy changes are being considered, our team is routinely called upon to testify before legislative committees, participate in task forces, or help chief executives form public policy.
Through this leadership, the Center staff is not only helping others, but is also creating the type of environment necessary for charter public schools to grow and flourish. It is accomplished by being:
• A resource for policymakers. Experts from the Center have been invited to share their knowledge by serving as a resource for various legislative boards and commissions, and testifying in the Michigan Legislature and the United States Congress on how the charter strategy is working. The Center's experts also serve in leadership roles in numerous state and national organizations that policymakers routinely seek input from. Ranging from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers to the Michigan Pupil Accounting and Attendance Association, these organizations are diverse, touching upon multiple areas of education policy and practice.
• A source for quality information and help. In Michigan and throughout the United States, the Center is widely known as an expert resource for those seeking to advance and promote the work of charter schools. Because of this, our experts are called upon regularly to speak about the Center's accountability programs and best practices in forums like the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers conferences.
Our team is also routinely tapped by numerous national, state and local organizations to lead discussions and share their expertise on the authorizing experience. These organizations include: Center For Education Reform; State Education Technology Directors Association Emerging Technologies Forum; Ohio Department of Education Office of Community Schools; Edison Charter Schools; The Fordham Foundation; Ball State University; Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers; and the Lucas County Educational Service Center Community Schools Office.