Start a Charter

Spring Charter Startup Workshop
Saturday, May 19, 2018


Join parents, local organizations, and talented educators at the FREE Spring Charter Startup Workshop, where we will:

  • Share examples of innovative Illinois charter schools,
  • Help you clarify your vision and mission and identify desired outcomes for a potential charter school,
  • Walk you through the charter design and authorization process, and
  • Provide information on startup funding – including the $21 million federal charter startup grant administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Participants will receive a hard copy of Paving a New Path: A Guidebook for Illinois Charter Public School Development while supplies last.

You can make a difference!


Date and Time:

Saturday, May 19
9:30 AM – Noon (with optional school tour from 12 to12:30 PM)


Cambridge Lakes Charter School900 Wester Blvd, Pingree Grove, IL 60140


9:30-9:45 AM – Networking and Refreshments

9:45 AM-12:00 PM – Charter Startup Workshop

  • What are Charter Public Schools?
  • Examples of Innovation: Profiles of Innovative Illinois Charter Schools
  • Creating Impact: Beginning with Outcomes in Mind
  • Step by Step: Charter Design and Authorization Roadmap
  • How Do We Fund It? Startup Grants from Illinois State Board of Education and Other Startup Funding Options

12:00-12:30 PM – Optional Tour of Cambridge Lakes Charter School

Cambridge Lakes Charter School opened in 2007 on a 15-acre campus, about an hour northwest of Chicago, and currently serves 484 students in its K-8 charter school and Blended e-Learning Academy high school program. It emphasizes providing high-achievement learning by working with students, parents, and teachers to create individualized Personal Learning Plans for every student.


Casual or Business Casual (whichever is more comfortable for you)


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