Humphrey School News—June 4, 2015

Humphrey School Leads Charter School Education with Launch of NACSA Fellowship

Minneapolis, MN (7/4/15)The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is leading efforts in charter school legislation with the launch of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers Innovation in Education Fellowship. The fellowship is the first of its kind, designed to connect emerging public policy leaders to the authorization process of approving, monitoring, and renewing charters school.

The Fellowship is a yearlong program designed to provide hands-on experience for students to increase understanding of the critical issues impacting education reform. Each student will be placed at a local authorizing office where he or she will work full-time in the summer and part-time during the academic year. NACSA will provide additional training and support in this role.

The Fellowship was created in response to the growing demand for authorizing education leaders from state and local education officials. Nationally, authorizing is projected to grow over 200 percent over the next 10 years.

The Fellowship’s inaugural cohort consists of three Humphrey School graduate students, Emily Edstrom, Aaliyah Hodge, and Griffin Merry, who each bring a passion for education reform to the program.

“I am these students, I have been in their shoes,” said Hodge. “I am excited to participate in the Fellowship because I believe that every child should have access to the same quality of schools regardless of their background.”

Emily Edstrom, a former Teacher in Residence, hopes the fellowship will help her “continue asking questions about pursuing the best education for all students in our country, as well as the most effective ways to close the achievement gap.”

In this partnership, the University and NACSA are developing authorizing content to be incorporated into existing courses at the Humphrey School which will be open to all public policy graduate students.

“We realized that despite its importance, there really wasn’t any school out there giving students an in-depth look at what charter authorizing is and what it entails,” said Laura Bloomberg, Associate Dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. “We are thrilled to partner with NACSA to give our students an edge when it comes to national and state best authorizing practices. Our partnership is grounded in our shared belief that all children have a right to a high quality education. 

This story is adapted from content originally published by NACSA.


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