The Charter Schools Office (CSO) is pleased to announce the offering of a six-week summer version of the BEST Leadership Program with Dr. Casey Reason. The course will run from June 27 to August 5, 2016, and is open to school leaders, aspiring school leaders, and members of school leadership teams from our Ferris State University authorized academies.

The course fee ($1,500) will be paid by the CSO. Participants also have the option to take the course for three (3) graduate credits from Ferris State University.

Information on the course and application procedures have been sent to school leadership teams. For more information, please contact Dr. Ron Rizzo: or call (231) 591-5807


The 14th Annual Charter Schools Office Spring Briefing will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at the DoubleTree Hotel Detroit-Dearborn. As with past briefings, we have a great deal of information to share with you. Our guest speaker will be Gary Naeyaert, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Educational Project in Lansing. Invitations will be arriving soon. Be sure to RSVP for your seat!

Note: Board members who attend will receive one (1) professional development credit

Please Contact Susan Lewis for more information: