Charter Schools Week

The annual Charter Day at the Capitol event brings together parents, board members, school leaders, and advocates from across Michigan to stand up for charter schools and students, as well as celebrate our movement together. This year, we've got an entire WEEK of fun planned to connect our charter advocates with lawmakers safely.

Thank you to our CSW 2021 co-sponsor: 

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Help us celebrate MI charters (virtually)!

The annual Charter Day at the Capitol event brings hundreds of charter school supporters together to stand up for the diversity, innovation, passion and success that Michigan's charter schools offer students across the state. Last year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we went 100% virtual with our event, inviting key charter educators, lawmakers and advocates as our virtual speakers. 

This year, many health and safety concerns still remain - and rather than simply doing another virtual event, we are adapting our "day" celebration to an entire WEEK in which charter advocates can share their stories and engage their elected officials in a safe way. Scroll down to check out the fun we have planned for each day of National Charter Schools Week 2021, which takes place from May 10 - 14, 2021.

Thank you to our 2021 Charter Schools Week Premier sponsors! 

  • Grand Valley State University CSO
  • National Heritage Academies

Monday, May 10, 2021 - Charter Meet & Greets

The first day of our week-long celebration will include an emphasis on organizing in-district activities with local legislators, whether those are in-person school visits or virtual school visits. While MAPSA will be focusing on a handful of key legislative districts, we HIGHLY encourage charters statewide to coordinate these school visits to help build relationships with your local elected officials. If you're interested in organizing an in-district meeting with your legislators, fill out the quick form linked below to connect with MAPSA for support in organizing your meeting.

request resources from MAPSA!

A photo of several MI charter school students showing a MI state legislator a unique school project on the MI Capitol lawn.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - Virtual Capitol Program

Every year, charter advocates from across the Mitten gather for our annual Charter Day at the Capitol with one goal: make our presence known to lawmakers in Lansing. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose significant health and safety risks, we will not be gathering at the Capitol this year - but that doesn't mean we won't have impact. On Tuesday, MAPSA will be live-streaming a short program from the Capitol steps, inviting some unique legislators and speakers to share the importance of standing up as an advocate for MI charters. 

We invite you to join us LIVE, from our Facebook page, on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 to follow along with the program! *The program will run from 9:30AM-10AM.

A photo of the MI Capitol building.


Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - #ChartersLead Letters

On Wednesday, our goal is to deliver over 250 hand-written letters to MI legislators, on behalf of the MI charter school community. Our schools will each be provided with this Letter to MI Lawmakers template, which any staff member or student can print and hand-write a special message to their local lawmaker. To participate, please download the template below, follow the included instructions to have students/staff write personal letters, then send them to MAPSA (full details included in these instructions.) 

Educator letter template Student/parent letter template

A photo of an African American male student from Barack Obama Leadership Academy, seated at his desk and leaning back to look back at the camera, holding up a peace sign with is left hand, smiling.

Thursday, May 13, 2021 - #MICharterPride on social

Though we can't all gather on the Michigan Capitol steps this year, it doesn't mean we can't show the world how proud we are to be part of the MI charter school family! On Thursday, our goal is to flood social media with charter pride, showing off your school swag and 1-2 sentences on why you LOVE your school. Be sure to use #ChartersLead and TAG YOUR LOCAL LAWMAKERS! 

A photo of three charter school advocates showing off their charter school pride, wearing school colors and logos.

Friday, May 14, 2021 - 2021 CSW Virtual Celebration!

Last year, over 325 charter advocates tuned in during our virtual live-streamed program to celebrate our 2020 Charter Day. This year, we know it is still not yet safe to convene together on the Capitol steps, and we will again deliver a virtual program to finish off the week-long events. Not only will key charter educators and advocates share some short remarks, but the virtual celebration will also feature the announcement of the 2021 MI Charter School Teacher and Administrator of the Year.  *The program will run from 11AM-12PM

A photo of 2020 MI Charter School Awards winners, Jeremy Brown (left) and Jen Melero (right) holding their physical Awards.

2021 Co-sponsor

  • MI Council of Charter School Authorizers

2021 Premier Sponsors

  • Grand Valley State University CSO
  • National Heritage Academies

2021 Gold sponsors

  • Accel Schools
  • American Institutional Management Services
  • Bay Mills Community College CSO
  • Champion Education Network
  • Choice Schools Associates
  • CS Partners 
  • Distinctive Schools
  • Eastern Michigan University CSO
  • Education Management & Networks, Inc.
  • Ferris State University CSO
  • General Agency Co. & EMC Insurance Companies
  • Global Education Excellence
  • Hamadeh Educational Services

2021 Gold sponsors contd.

  • Lake Superior State University CSO
  • Midwest Management Group
  • National Charter Schools Institute
  • NextLvl Management Consulting
  • Northern MI University CSO
  • Oakland University
  • Phalen Leadership Academies 
  • SABIS 
  • Saginaw Valley State University 
  • Shifman & Carlson, P.C. 
  • Summit Management Consulting
  • The Center for Charter Schools at CMU
  • The Leona Group
  • The Romine Group
  • University Prep Schools