Our charter school consulting services are designed to help boards and school leaders sustain successful schools. We provide consulting for charter schools in every stage of operation, from schools in their planning year to schools applying for second, third, and fourth charter terms. Schools contract with Pasek Consulting for both recurring retainer relationships, or project-based activities such as renewal writing, board development, or creating an effective strategic plan.
Annual Retainer Services
The renewal cycle is an active, dynamic process that should be used to improve your organization every school year. We partner with schools to offer proactive authorizer relations and provide the latest in renewal information, trends, and insight schools might not otherwise be tracking. This list below identifies the most common activities in our annual retainer relationship.
- Helping set strategic direction for the next renewal
- Performing a “renewal audit” in non-renewal years
- Writing the school’s renewal application during the renewal year
- Annual reporting support (including data analysis and uploading to the state portal)
- ACR Support (NYCDOE charter schools only)
- Authorizer interview preparation
- Material changes to the charter (if applicable)
- Board training
- Board self-evaluation tools
- Board retreat facilitation
- School leader evaluation tools
- Communications strategy and authorizer outreach
Grant Writing and Management
Pasek Consulting helps schools write competitive grant proposals to governments or foundations. Whether the grant topic is facility, governance or instruction, our experience has been that a close understanding of each school’s mission and vision is the most important component to writing on their behalf.
Consulting for Charter School Boards
Pasek Consulting works with boards to review their progress toward authorizer benchmarks, identify areas for improvement, form strategies for managing governance and organizational challenges, and consider future plans such as replications or mergers. We are the long-term partner for boards as they work to meet and exceed the complex (and ever changing) benchmarks for success as charter schools in New York state.
Renewal Application Process
Pasek Consulting specializes in the renewal application process. We save school leaders from the administrative burden of the renewal application, which takes months of work to assemble. We work closely with school leaders throughout the entire renewal application process: honing talking points, analyzing academic data, writing the narrative, and preparing for the visit and interview. We help teams focus on what matters most, and understand their options in securing an optimal outcome for the future of the school.
Communications Strategy and Authorizer Relations
With 12 years of operation, we have developed close relationships with each authorizing office. We use this experience to help leadership and boards shape their communications strategy. Regular authorizer engagement is an important activity that helps schools keep their own unique stories current with their authorizer. We help schools practice high-quality authorizer relations, by developing messages and finding opportunities to best engage. In all communication, we help reflect the school’s unique strengths and achievements while truthfully addressing challenges.
Support for School Operations
Our annual administrative support services help schools maintain accurate, detailed, and compliant public records. We organize and crunch data to help operations teams save time and meet deadlines.