Charter Authorization:
Road to Greatness or Mediocrity?

Charter schools were created as laboratories of innovation, but is authorizer oversight stifling innovation in the name of accountability? What should be the key elements in balancing school autonomy with effective oversight? How can your school avoid the reversion to the mean? What constitutes reliable evidence and how is it collected and used? Our panel is set to debate these issues.


Adam Aberman is an educator, strategist, and public speaker and the CEO and founder of The Learning Collective. Previously, Adam was the Director of Global Digital Strategy at Ashoka’s Youth Venture and the Executive Director and Founder of the nonprofit Internet-based career mentoring program; where, presently, he serves as Board Member Emeritus. 


Aaliyah Hodge is a consultant for the Center for School Change and the Compliance Director for the Harvest Network of School. Previously, Aaliyah taught 6th grade special education and she spent a year working with NACSA and Audubon, a local authorizer, evaluating academic, financial, and operations charter data for 34 schools in Minnesota.

Eric Premack is the founder of Charter Schools Development Center (CSDC) and cofounder of the Charter Friends National Network and California Network of Educational Charters (CANEC). Eric has developed and advanced the concept of chartered schools since its inception in Minnesota and has helped to draft and implement charter school legislation in over 25 states, at the federal level, and overseas.  Eric is a recipient of a 20-year Legacy Award by the California Charter Schools Association and serves on the board of Civicorps Inc.

Tara Phillips is the Executive Director at La Cima Elementary Charter School in BedStuy, Brooklyn. Tara has been committed to providing quality educational opportunities to diverse groups of students throughout the US since 1993. She has held a variety of leadership positions in educational non-profits and spent seven years teaching at Brooklyn Friends School and Sidwell Friends School. Tara holds a BS in Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an Executive Master’s in Coaching and Consulting for Change from HEC Paris, in partnership with the University of Oxford.