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WestEd's Aimee Evan to Present at the 2020 Virtual NACSA Leadership Conference

NACSA 2020

WestEd’s Aimee Evan will co-present a workshop at the upcoming 2020 Virtual National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) Leadership Conference, October 12 through 30.

NACSA provides research, advocacy, and direct support to charter school authorizers in order to advance smart charter school growth and oversight.


Workshop: Deep Dive into Indicators of School Distress – Perspectives from Authorizers
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 20 / 2:45-4pm CST

This workshop is an interactive, informative session on the indicators of distress observed in charter schools prior to failure, turnaround, or closure. The presenters will discuss current research on the indicators of distress and share how they adopted and adapted an early warning system framework to identify struggling schools. Participants will engage with the indicators observed by charter school authorizers from around the country through an interactive activity and walk away with strategies for strengthening charter schools that may be vulnerable.

The presentation draws from a recent report produced by the National Charter School Resource Center, Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools: Part 1 – The Role and Perspective of Charter School Authorizers. The report labels and categorizes the indicators of distress that authorizers encounter when a school’s quality begins to decline.


  • Aimee Evan, Senior Research Associate and School Improvement Specialist, WestEd
  • John Carwell, Education Associate, Charter School Office, Delaware Department of Education
  • Jamie Garwood, Director, Office of Charter Schools, Ball State University
  • Laura Groth, Content Specialist, National Charter School Resource Center
  • Hannah Sullivan, Associate Consultant, National Charter School Resource Center
  • Tess Stovall, Director of Charter Schools, Tennessee State Board of Education

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October 20th, 2020




National Association of Charter School Authorizers