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2016-2017 Administrator Mentoring Cohort (AMC) & Induction Program


In addition to fulfilling a technical assistance requirement for our Colorado Charter School Program 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:

  1. To provide charter leaders in start-up schools with quality support as they get their schools off the ground.
  2. For CCSP grant recipients-the AMC fulfills leadership mentoring Technical Assistance requirements of the grant.
  3. 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 affiliated 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 sub-grantees are required to participate in a CSSI site visit during their third 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.

View the breakdown of the AMC structure and related program fees (PDF)


Below are the requirements for successful completion of the AMC program:

Year 0: Planning Stage

  • Mentees are required to complete 8-10 hrs. of one-on-one mentoring with their mentor by June 30th.
  • Attend 2 AMC trainings.

Year 1: Implementation

  • Mentees are required to complete 32-40 hrs. of one-on-one mentoring with their mentor by June 30th.
  • Attend at least 4 AMC trainings.

Year 2: Implementation

  • Mentees are required to complete 20-25 hrs. of one-on-one mentoring with their mentor by June 30th.
  • Attend at least 4 AMC trainings.

Induction Program (CCSP or Non-CCSP Participants)

  • Mentees must already hold an initial principal license and have been working in a leadership role with that license for at least 1 year.
  • Mentees are required to complete a minimum of 32 hours of one-on-one mentoring within a 2 year time span to be eligible for recommendation for professional principal licensure.
  • Attend at least 4 AMC trainings.

Training Participation (No Mentoring)

  • Open to any charter school leader who is interested in attending 1 or more AMC training without the support of a mentor.
  • No training or mentoring requirements.

Please note that charter leaders do not need to be in the Colorado Charter School Program (CCSP) grant program or pursuing induction to participate in the AMC trainings. All are welcome!

Upcoming 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. Below are the tentative dates for the 2016-17 AMC season. Trainings run from 8:30am-1:45pm. Following each AMC training, mentees are encouraged to stay and meet with their mentor until 3pm to fulfill mentoring hours.

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 from 8:30am-3:00pm

Location: Academy for Advanced & Creative Learning
2510 N Chestnut St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
(719) 434-6566


Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 from 8:30am-3:00pm

Location: SkyView Academy
6161 Business Center Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80130

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 from 8:30am-3:00pm


Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 from 8:30am-3:00pm

Location: TBD

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 8:30am-3:00pm

Location: TBD

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 from 8:30am-12:30pm

Location: TBD


Contact Information

Submit all requested documents and direct all questions pertaining to the AMC Induction Program to:

Kelly Rosensweet, Charter and Innovation School Support Coordinator, Schools of Choice Office at CDE

For billing questions, to make payments or submit invoices for mentoring hours:

Joni Malli, Professional Services Associate, Colorado League of Charter Schools
303-989-5356, ext. 115

If you have questions regarding the CSSP Grant please contact:

The Schools of Choice Office at CDE

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