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The MCSN Charter School Support and Development Program provides Maryland charter schools leaders with the tools and guidance necessary for creating successful charter school applications, opening outstanding schools, and strengthening and supporting existing schools. The program is divided into four phases- planning, start-up, implementation, and Leadership for Quality Schools.

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I Introduction to Maryland Charter Schools I

Presented by the Maryland Charter School Network

via webinar technology.  Part of the Phase I offerings.

Are you interested in learning more about charter schools in Maryland? The Maryland Charter School Network is offering a workshop via webinar technology for founding groups, parents and community groups explaining the charter school law and the process for creating charter schools.   

Not sure how to use Webinar technology?  Don't worry we will walk you though the process. All you need is Internet access and a telephone.

There is no fee for these webinar, but registration is required.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Simms via e-mail. Click here to see the flyer.  The Introduction to Maryland Charter Schools is typically offered four times per year. Sign up for our e-newsletter to get announcements of upcoming events and trainings.


I Application Development SEries I

Presented by the Maryland Charter School Network

now available as pre-recorded series. Part of the Phase I offerings.

THIS SERIES is  now available as a pre-recorded series and is available at your convenience. It is only available as part of your Founding Membership $250.


Developing a charter school in Maryland? Get help every step of the way from the comfort of your home or office. MCSN is now offering its popular Charter School Application Development Series as a pre-recorded series. . In this workshop series, we take participants step-by-step from the beginning of the application process all the way through to submission of a proposal. The pre-recorded series is presented by National Charter School experts with knowledge of the Maryland landscape. Click here to see the presenter bios.


Designing Your School: mission, vision, philosophy, and crafting a charter application.

Educational Plan, Part 1: educational focus, needs, goals, and community involvement. 

Educational Plan, Part 2: standards, curriculum, and structure of the school day and year.

Educational Plan, Part 3: instructional methodology and professional development.

Operation Plan: organizational, governing, and administrative structures and implementation of the charter.

Business Plan:school finance, financial planning and accounting, insurance,  and audits.

Facilities:facility planning, needs assessment, site selection, construction, and financing.

Special Education: structuring a quality special education program satisfying federal and state requirements.

 Accountability:developing an accountability plan.

The Application Development Series is included in your MCSN Founding Group Membership. Click here to register and join MCSN.



I school design and development program I


Presented by the Maryland Charter School Network in partnership with FOCUS (Friends of Choice in Urban Schools). Part of the Phase II and Phase III offerings - Start-up Approval, Opening & Implementation.

This program is offered to groups that have submitted their charter application to the local school district and are applying for the Federal Charter School Grant Program.

The Program is ongoing.

You've submitted your charter school application and now what? How do you translate your vision into the reality of opening a new high quality charter school?   MCSN has partnered with FOCUS to provide a comprehensive program that includes 58 hours of individualized strategic consulting services, in person workshops on critical topics, and a  board retreat.  

The program costs are an eligible expense for the Federal Charter School Grant Program.

For Cost and Strategic Consulting topic information click here

For a catalog of in person workshops click here

Want to find out more? Contact Stephanie Simms



I National school choice Week I

National School Choice week will be January 26 - February 1, 2014. Shining a spotlight on effective education for every child. To learn more please visit


I National Charter Schools Week I

National Charter Schools Week is the first week of May.

Click here for news about last activities celebrating our growing movement.



June 30- july 3, 2013

Early Bird registration through december 21, 2012

The 14th Annual National Charter Schools Conference is being held in Las Vegas, NV in 2014. To learn more please visit