In addition to fulfilling a technical assistance requirement for our Colorado Charter School Program (CCSP) grant recipient schools, the Administrator Mentoring Cohort (AMC) is an induction program for charter school administrators. Charter school leaders who successfully complete the AMC induction program will be recommended for professional principal's licensure.
The AMC program utilizes the text Leverage Leadership, A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools, by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, to identify specific core ideas for charter leaders that directly support the following three goals:
- To provide charter leaders in start-up schools with quality support as they get their schools off the ground.
- For CCSP grant recipients, the AMC fulfills leadership training technical assistance requirements of the grant.
- To offer charter school leaders a 2-year induction program to validate their initial principal license in a way that is specifically designed to meet the unique needs and demands of the charter sector. Note: In order to be eligible for this induction program, school leaders must already hold their initial principal license and be working with an AMC approved mentor.
Additionally, the Colorado School Support Initiative (CSSI) Standards of quality charter schools are embedded into the AMC trainings. CSSI mirrors the Colorado Title I School Support evaluation process and CDE’s School Quality rubric. Specially trained teams of education experts provide schools a comprehensive evaluation based on The Standards-Based Teaching/Learning Cycle (second edition) research basis and the Colorado Standards and Indicators for Continuous School Improvement.
For charter schools, CDE has added a 9th standard covering board leadership and a 10th standard addressing charter school financial practices. CCSP subgrantees are required to participate in a CSSI site visit during their third year in the grant program. The purpose of engaging in this process is to set a course for self-improvement in the early years of development. The CSSI process begins with an intensive three-day site visit, after which the school receives a detailed report based on the rubric with recommendations for research-based steps to improve school performance.
Requirements and Eligibility
There are six AMC trainings offered throughout each school year. There is no cost to participate in these trainings and any charter school leader who is interested may attend. Register here if you are a charter school leader and want to join us for an AMC training.
Please note that school leaders do not need to be working at schools receiving CCSP grant funds or pursuing induction to participate in the AMC trainings. However, if you are participating in the AMC to fulfill CCSP grant technical assistance requirements or participating in the AMC induction program, the requirements for each of those programs has been outlined in the tables below.
CCSP Administrator Technical Assistance Requirements:
|Grant Year||Trainings Required||Mentoring Hours Needed|
|Planning Year 0||1||8-10|
|Year 1 Implementation||4||32-40|
|Year 2 Implementation||4||20-25|
Induction Program Requirements:
- Must hold an initial principal license and have been working in a leadership role at a charter school with that license for at least one year.
- Attend at least four trainings a year with your AMC approved mentor.
- Fulfill 32 hours within two years.
AMC Training Dates
Event dates and registration information can always be found on our Charter School Events page. This information is updated regularly as event locations are determined.
Trainings run from 8:30am-1:45pm. Following each AMC training, mentees are encouraged to stay and meet with their mentor (if mentors have attended the training with them) until 3:00pm to be able to fulfill mentoring hours.
- Complete the Individualized Growth Plan (DOC) to establish goals and actions steps for this year and guide you in your work with your mentor.
- CSSI Standards (DOC) - Read more about the Charter School Support Initiative .
- The Mentoring Log Template (XLS) can be used to track the hours you have fulfilled with your mentor. This form will serve as record of completed hours.
If you have questions, please contact:
Colorado Department of Education Schools of Choice