Charter Clues

Updates from IDOE's Office of Charter Schools

November Charter Clues Newsletter

Preschool Road Show

In collaboration with the Office of Special Education, Early Learning will be hosting a training in four cities throughout Indiana December 2-6. Topics will include assessment, pre-k expansion, and additional resources to support quality early childhood education. More information about the training and registration can be found here.

Quality Counts: Pre-K

Did you know that adding on a pre-k program to your high-quality charter school would make you eligible for the IDOE's Quality Counts grant? IDOE's Office of Early Learning will be releasing an Early Learning Guidebook later this year that includes ways to open a pre-k program. Click here to sign up for the Early Learning newsletter. Contact Sarah Parks-Reese at if you have questions about pre-k expansion. Please contact Amreen Vora or Bea Pacheco if you have questions about the Quality Counts grant.

Operations and Finance Collaboration Group

Date: Friday, November 15

Time: 9:00 a.m. -- 2:00 p.m.

Location: Indiana Charter School Network

Group Goal and Mission: Indiana Charter School Network (ICSN) and Center for Innovative Education Solutions (CIES) strive to provide a collaborative space for all Charter School Finance & Operations Staff. Group meetings are bi-monthly and provide professional development, training and one-on-one support in all things Finance and Operations. Please join us for our November meeting! Click here for more information.

To be added to our email list or for more info, please email: Kim Ballin:

Cohort 4

IDOE's Charter School Program team will be releasing the Cohort 4 Request For Proposals and application materials in December of 2019.

ED-FLEX Application

The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) has offered states the ability to waive specific statutory or regulatory requirements for LEAs related to certain programs under ESSA. IDOE has developed six requirements in which it is requesting USDOE to grant the ability for our state to waive. These requirements can be found on page nine of IDOE’s ED-FLEX application. Please note that most federal requirements are ineligible to be waived. The public is requested to provide input regarding this waiver request via this Jotform by November 25. Based upon feedback provided by the public, IDOE will submit the request to USDOE shortly thereafter for consideration. The ability to implement the waiver is subject to approval by USDOE. Questions regarding this waiver request can be sent to Nathan Williamson.


Registration for the Second Annual Indiana’s Educating the Whole Child Summit is live and can be found here. Please note that if you are having one person register a group of people for your district, they will have to submit separate registrations by leaving and re-entering registration.

Highlights from just a few of the keynote speakers:

Dr. Isaiah Pickens:

Dr. Adam Saenz

Click here for the Handle with Care presentation

Blocks of rooms have been secured at the Marriott East for $129/night. For your planning purposes, please know each day will begin with breakfast/registration beginning at 7:30. Day 1, Feb. 19th, will begin with a speaker at 9:00 am and Day 2, Feb. 20th, will begin at 8:30. Both days will end at 4:00 pm.

If interested in submitting a proposal, click here.

Questions should be directed to Christy Gauss at

Title Con Save the Date

It is time to save the date for Title Con 20/20! The conference theme this year will be Creating a Vision for the Future. Registration information can be found here.

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Free Data Coaching Available to LEAs

The Office of Title Grants and Support is offering free data coaching to LEAs in need of assistance with collecting, analyzing, and visualizing their data. This type of support includes workshops, professional development activities, resource development, and other types of services. More information and the link to the data coaching intake form are available here.

Monthly Charter Chats

Charter Chats are live, recorded webinars that occur on the first Thursday of every month at 12:15 p.m. ET. The Charter Chat schedule and recordings are posted on this website for future access. The topics discussed are often applicable to traditional public schools and new school leaders as well.

The next charter chat will be:

December 5

Teacher Recruitment & Retention

Join via phone: (415) 655-0001 | Join via computer HERE

Meeting number (access code): 733 656 945 | Meeting password: ZApSh497

Please contact Bea Pacheco at if you have any questions. Click here to access previous Charter Chats.

School Recruitment, Enrollment, and Marketing Webinar Series

Nick Leroy, President of Bright Minds Marketing and a Hoosier expert in the field, through the IDOE, is hosting the second year of school recruitment, enrollment, and marketing webinars. Bright Minds Marketing is a consulting company that works specifically with charter schools to support student enrollment, recruitment, and retention through marketing and communications.

Webinars will be held the second Wednesday of every month, and the schedule, resources, and recordings can be found here.

CSP Grant Calendars

Please click here find Charter School Program Grant Calendars under each drop-down menu.

Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness October Newsletter Now Available

SEBW Monthly covers information on SEL, Project Aware, School Social Work, School Nurses, Chronic Absenteeism and more. To access the newsletter click here.

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