Nelson Smith

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Senior Advisor, National Association of Charter School Authorizers

Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Nelson Smith is senior advisor to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. He served as the first president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; executive director of the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board; vice president for Education and Workforce Development at the New York City Partnership; and director of programs for the Improvement of Practice at the U.S. Department of Education.

He has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and in 2010 was given a Career Achievement Award from New Schools Venture Fund. In June 2015, he was inducted into the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame. A graduate of Georgetown University, he lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.


Posted May 9, 2016

Ask the Right Questions About Charter School Graduation Rates

A few years ago, the California Charter School Association revealed Golden State charter performance didn’t align to the usual bell-shaped…

By Nelson Smith

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Posted Oct. 22, 2020

If You Care About Educational Justice in Your Community, #GetEducated and #VoteLocal

Focus on what the talking heads have to say and you would think there’s nothing more to this election than donkeys and elephants.  Yes, we’re…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Oct. 22, 2020

School Boards Are on the Ballot in 28 States This November

In Texas, California, Michigan, New York and 24 other states, school boards are on the ballot this November. That means folks in those places may…

By Brianna Crowley

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Posted Oct. 20, 2020

You Can’t Sit This Election Out. Your Students Are Watching.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016.  I arrive at school bleary and unfocused—up too late the night before, fitful sleep, early rise. Class hasn’t started yet, students…

By Jay Wamsted

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