ACNW Authorizer Update — July 2016. 
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Authorizer Update
July 19, 2016

Dear School Leaders and Board Members,

We hope that you and your school's staff have had some time to relax and refresh this summer! Please feel free to share any vacation photos or highlights with us at

We are working on redesigning the monthly Authorizer Update so it is easier to navigate and better fits your needs. This month's newsletter has a new layout with less text and fewer links so that you can navigate more directly to information that is relevant to you—feel free to email us with any feedback. In the next few weeks, we are also planning to send out a survey to gather your input about the type of content that will be most useful to your work. 


David Greenberg & the ACNW Charter School Team
ACNW Charter School Division
43 Main Street SE, Suite 507
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414
(612) 331-4181

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Upcoming Dates
  • July 26 & August 16 – Annual Report Webinars
  • August 1 & 2 – ACNW EE Workshop
  • August 10 & 11 – ACNW and NEO Teacher Workshop: “Student Centered Learning-Making the Move”
See below for additional information.
Deadlines & Announcements
  • Annual Report & World's Best Workforce Report are due November 1. Visit the Strategic Support section of our website for updated templates. 
  • Save the date for the FY17 Leaders Retreat on November 11 and 12 at the Audubon Center in Sandstone. 
In this Authorizer Update:
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Important Information: Non-Licensed Community Experts

Charter schools that request waivers from the Board of Teaching (Non-Licensed Community Experts, Innovative Program Waivers and Discretionary Variance Requests) are required to notify the authorizer of the request. To notify ACNW of any requests of this nature, please do so via Epicenter. Click below for detailed instructions.

  1. Log into Epicenter. From the home page, select Document Center in the upper right corner.
  2. Select the Upload Submission button from the lower left corner of the screen.
  3. For Entity Type, select School.
  4. For Submission Type, select Special Permissions for Classroom Teaching, which can be found in the MDE Filings section.
  5. Use the Add Files button to attach the completed Special Permission Request Notification, which is attached to the task as a submission resource. 
  6. Once the file is attached, select Submit.
For more information on these special permission requests, visit the board of teaching website
ACNW Environmental Education Workshop: August 1-2

Last call for registrations!! The ACNW Teacher Workshop is back for a second year! ACNW is offering a summer environmental education workshop at the Audubon Center in Sandstone in lieu of the EE track at the fall Leaders Retreat. Focused on environmental justice, the training will help teachers identify instances of environmental injustice and engage their students in taking action, as well as building teacher confidence and capacity around other topics in environmental education. Click here for a draft of the workshop schedule.

  • Date: Monday, August 1 (check-in at 11 a.m.) and Tuesday, August 2 (end at 4 p.m.)
  • Where: Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone
  • Who: Teachers in ACNW authorized schools
  • Cost: ACNW expects that each school will send at least one teacher. ACNW will cover the cost (meals and lodging) of up to two teachers. Additional attendees may participate as space allows at $112/person.
  • Pre-registration is required and is due Friday, July 22. A registration form can be downloaded from the CSD website.
Student Centered Learning Conference: August 10-11
Co-sponsored by ACNW and Novation Education Opportunities
This conference is aimed at teachers, teacher leaders, and leadership teams who want to develop a more student-centered learning culture at their school. It will be an opportunity for practitioners to share with and learn from one another. Diana Cornejo-Sanchez, a professional learning specialist for Mobile Technology Learning Center at the University of San Diego, and Todd Peeler, a high school teacher at Cleveland Early College High School in North Carolina, will be the featured presenters. Click below for more information on the speakers and information about presenting and registration. 

Diana Cornejo-Sanchez is a professional learning specialist for the Mobile Technology Learning Center at the University of San Diego. She has over 11 years of experience as a teacher and as a mentor to new teachers. Diana was a founding teacher of High Tech High Media Arts in San Diego, which opened in 2005, and has over ten years of experience working in a project-based learning environment. In addition, she has global experience consulting with educators to create equitable and engaging learning opportunities for students.
Todd Peeler is a high school teacher at Cleveland Early College High School in Shelby, NC. A trainer and speaker, Todd has delivered presentations throughout the US at national, regional and state conferences. He has trained thousands of K-12 teachers on how to connect content, current events and field experience.
Several other local teachers will be modeling strategies such as guided reading, read-alouds, vocabulary strategies and math problem solving skills.
For information on presenting and registration, check out this flyer and contact Conference Director Rod Haenke at or 651-329-9172.

Professional Development Opportunities
  • National Charter School Resource Center at Safal Partners (Webinar Series): July 20 & 21
  • The REACH Framework: A Tool for Strengthening Academic Motivation: July 21
  • Board Training by MSBA: August 9 & October 15
  • Odyssey Academy and Excell Academy Training: August 18
  • Aligning Math Curriculum to Standards
Click below for registration information and descriptions of trainings. 

National Charter School Resource Center at Safal Partners (Webinar Series)
  • Charter Schools and Food Service. Learn about options, planning, and decision making. July 20 at 12pm (1pm Eastern). Register here.
  • Using Data to Create Positive School Climates and Discipline Practices in Charter Schools: National Research and Examples from the Field. July 21 at 12pm (1pm Eastern). Register here.
For more upcoming webinars from the National Charter School Resource Center, click here.

The REACH Framework: A Tool for Strengthening Academic Motivation: July 21 from 12pm to 1pm. The REACH Framework brings the big conclusions from diverse bodies of research on social-emotional skills and academic motivation together into a single structure that is both understandable and actionable at the school and classroom levels. Join Search Institute president and CEO Dr. Kent Pekel for a webinar in which he introduces the five components for the framework, each of which is summarized by a letter in the acronym REACH: Relationships, Effort, Aspirations, Cognition, and Heart. Register here

Board Training by MSBA: August 9 and October 15
The Minnesota School Boards Association provides training designed to meet statutory requirements for new charter school board members. Check out their website for more information.
Odyssey Academy and Excell Academy Co-Host Training: August 18
Two ACNW authorized schools invite other schools to join them to participate in training and discussion focused on concepts presented by keynote speaker Jim Bearden around unleashing your staff’s capacity. The training will be held at Odyssey Academy in Brooklyn Park, and all schools that attend will be asked to split the costs equitably. Contact Mindy Crowley, executive director of Odyssey, for more information.
Aligning Math Curriculum to Standards
Odyssey Academy in Brooklyn Park will be spending time this summer aligning their math curriculum to state standards. They welcome other schools to join in the process and learn from one another. Contact Mindy Crowley, executive director of Odyssey, for more information.

Check out ACNW’s Charter School Division website and ACNW’s main website for other upcoming opportunities.

Grant Opportunities
A small sampling of the many possibilities that are out there.
Dare to Dream and Let Me Play Grants – Ann Bancroft Foundation
Application due October 1, 2016

Cultural Community Partnership Grants – Minnesota State Arts Board
Application due September 16, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

Click below for detailed information on these grant opportunities. 

Dare to Dream and Let Me Play Grants – Ann Bancroft Foundation
Application due October 1, 2016
The Ann Bancroft Foundation aims to create a world where every girl has a chance to live her dream and reach her full potential. Since 1997, the foundation has awarded Dare to Dream and Let Me Play grants to more than three thousand Minnesota girls — connecting them to mentors, funding, and encouragement to help them reach for their highest goals.
  1. Dare to Dream: Grants of up to $500 are awarded to girls between the ages of ten and high school graduation in support of art, cultural, leadership, educational, and outdoor/wilderness experiences that enable them to begin exploring the outside world and recognize their own abilities, values, and strengths in the process.
  2. Let Me Play: Grants of up to $500 are awarded to girls between the ages of ten and high school graduation in support of sport, athletic, and dance equipment or participation fees to give them the opportunity to be part of a team, build strength and confidence, and push themselves further, on and off the field.
To be eligible, an applicant must be a girl who resides in Minnesota and has an adult mentor (not an immediate family member or the activity provider) who can guide her through the application process. Visit the Ann Bancroft Foundation grant website for complete program guidelines, stories about past grantees, and application instructions.
Cultural Community Partnership Grants
Application due September 16, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
This program is designed to enhance the artistic and career development of artists of color. It supports collaborative projects between two individual artists, or between an artist and an organization. To help promote the work of grantees, each recipient will be expected to present some type of public event or exhibition as part of his or her project. Visit the website for more details. The Arts Board will only accept applications that are submitted and accepted by the online WebGrants system before the 4:30 p.m. deadline.
Who can apply:
  • Any Minnesota artist of color.
  • Any Minnesota arts producing organization, arts presenting organization or presenting affiliate, or community group, that is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or has a Minnesota nonprofit, tax-exempt fiscal agent.
  • Any Minnesota public agency such as a unit of local, state, or tribal government.
Grant range: $1,000–$8,000
Please continue to reach out to your colleagues for resources, learning and sharing. The following link provides contact information for directors and board chairs of all schools authorized by ACNW: ACNW Directors and Board Chairs
Please contact Mike if you have updated contact information or need help using the document.


Canoes at the Audubon Center took in some of the 9" of rain that fell there last week. 
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