Charter Schools Week

The annual Charter Schools Week project 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.

Thank you to our CSW 2021 co-sponsor: 

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Thanks for celebrating with us!

The annual Charter Schools Week project 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.

In 2021, we adapted our " Charter Day" celebration into an entire WEEK in which charter advocates shared their stories and engaged their elected officials in a safe way. 

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 included an emphasis on organizing in-district activities with local legislators, including some in-person school visits and some virtual school visits. We were proud to organize 6 visits across the Mitten in key legislative districts. 

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. On Tuesday, May 11,  MAPSA live-streamed a short program from the Capitol steps, with special guest speakers Christel Drew, Principal at Madison Academy High School in Flint, State Representative Pamela Hornberger (R), and State Representative Tyrone Carter (D). Each speaker uniquely shared why it's so important to use your voice as advocates on the issues that matter. 

Check out the live-stream recording! 

A photo of the MI Capitol building.


Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - #ChartersLead Letters

On Wednesday, May 12, we delivered over 1,000 hand-written letters to MI legislators, on behalf of the MI charter school community. Schools from across the Mitten participated, ranging from elementary students, to parents, to teachers, to high-school students, and even alumni - each sharing why their school is so special. 30 Michigan lawmakers received letters from charter advocates in their District, and some even met us in-person to receive the letters! 

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 health and safety concerns still kept us from convening in-person on the Michigan Capitol steps, it didn't stop us from showing our #MiCharterPride! On Thursday, charter advocates from across the state shared photos to their school and personal social media accounts, sporting their school swag and sharing a few sentences about why they LOVE their school. #ChartersLead! 

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!

To finish off the week-long events, MAPSA hosted a live-stream Virtual Celebration event with special guest speakers Malverne Windborne with the Eastern Michigan University Charter Schools Office, all ten finalists from the 2021 MI Charter School Awards, and a student performance from the talented dancers at Advanced Technology Academy of Pontiac. 

Check out the live-stream recording now! 

A photo of the 2021 MI Charter Awards winners.

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