Press Kit

Press Kit2018-07-24T11:10:41+00:00

SUNY Authorized Charter Schools

As of August 2018

Authorized Schools
Open Schools
Students at SUNY Authorized Schools


About Executive Director
Susan Miller Carello:

Susie Miller Carello is the executive director of the State University of New York’s Charter Schools Institute. Under her leadership, SUNY authorized charter schools have grown to serve nearly 86,000 students across New York with 88% of schools outperforming their districts of location in mathematics and 83% in English language arts.  SUNY is the largest higher education authorizer and in the country.  Susie’s commitment to high quality education options for children grew from her time teaching at a science and technology focused magnet school in Indianapolis to a career that spans service as the vice president for research and evaluation at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, as associate commissioner of education in the Common Wealth of Massachusetts, and vice president at the Hudson Institute’s education group.  A graduate of Indiana University and Harvard, where she earned a masters in administration, planning and social policy, Susie has been a guest lecturer at Columbia, Butler and Harvard Universities.  Awarded the Education Trust’s Edward J. Meade fellowship in 1999, Susie received Indiana’s Excellence in Education award in 1990.  Susie  has served as a leadership coach for new authorizers and has the honor of being a 2017 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow.  



Announcements and Press Releases

September 12th, 2018|Comments Off on

This year, the New York State Education Department (“NYSED”) significantly delayed the release of the aggregated 3rd through 8th grade assessment results in English language arts and mathematics. Each year, SUNY authorized charter schools rely on [...]

Announcing the new Pace-Gilder Lehrman MA in American History Program – Applications Now Open!

August 24th, 2018|Comments Off on Announcing the new Pace-Gilder Lehrman MA in American History Program – Applications Now Open!

The new 30-credit Pace–Gilder Lehrman MA in American History Program, via a partnership with Pace University, allows you to pursue a master's degree on your own schedule, from anywhere in the world. For more information, [...]

All Schools: Register for Epicenter Training and Request User Account Setup Now!

August 8th, 2018|Comments Off on All Schools: Register for Epicenter Training and Request User Account Setup Now!

As we prepare for the 2018 – 2019 school year, the Institute strives to streamline existing processes and optimize time-saving strategies.  Over the past several months we have been working with the National Charter Institute [...]

Teach for America’s Schools to Learn From Program: 2018 Application Now Open

June 15th, 2018|Comments Off on Teach for America’s Schools to Learn From Program: 2018 Application Now Open

Teach For America’s Schools To Learn From program highlights five schools each year that are delivering an excellent education for students. These schools share best practices with educators and school leaders across the country throughout [...]

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Contact: Michelle Bianchi, Director of Charter School Information


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Spring 2018 Newsletter
Welcome to the Spring 2018 edition of the SUNY Charter Schools Institute Newsletter! This publication is intended to provide school leaders and board chairs of SUNY authorized charter schools with helpful updates from the Institute while also highlighting the great work happening at your schools. If you have programs at your school you are proud of, are presenting at an upcoming conference, or ideas for how we can make this content better suited to your needs, please email us at Feel free to share this newsletter with other members of your team.
Update on Applications to Open New SUNY Authorized Charter Schools 

The Institute received 20 timely Letters of Intent to submit proposals in response to the Spring Cycle of the 2018 Request for Proposals (“RFP”). Eleven applicants with approved Letters of Intent submitted a full proposal by the March 6 deadline. The Institute anticipates presenting proposals recommended for approval to the SUNY Trustees in June 2018. The earliest opening date for any school approved in this cycle would be fall 2019. Public lists of applicants that submitted Letters of Intent and full proposals can be found here.
School Spotlight: Public Prep Utilizes Partnerships to Enrich Education
Congratulations to Public Prep for their work in utilizing partnerships to enhance the education of their students:
  • Public Prep has extended their partnership with Cornell University to incorporate computer science instruction and more opportunities for immersive, on-campus science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engagement. Click here to see the press release. 
  • Girls Prep and Smith College announced a three-year partnership to annually educate at least 6 Girls Prep alumnae in Smith College's precollege program. Click here to see the press release. 

An Institute tip of the hat to Chief Executive Officer, Ian Rowe, and Superintendent, Janelle Bradshaw, as well as the Public Prep leadership team for this work. The SUNY Charter Schools Institute is invested in studying best practices around partnerships that enhance student education such as the ones above. If you would like to share information about partnerships in your schools, please contact us at
The Institute greatly enjoys opportunities to visit your schools and observe your programs in action outside of our regular monitoring visits. Do you have a program you are proud of or a school-wide celebration upcoming? Don't forget to invite Institute staff for an informal visit.
SUNY Best Practices Featured in National Report

A recent report released by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) featured best practices from the SUNY Charter Schools Institute - specifically:
  • the Institute's leadership in holding schools accountable;
  • efforts to replicate high-performing schools;
  • institutional commitment to the SUNY system;
  • and, for having some of "the best-developed charter oversight architecture of any authorizer in the country."
Click here to see the Institute's feature in the report.
Click here for the full report.
Active Ingredients Convening

The Institute hosted an Expert Convening February 6-8 at the SUNY Global Center where education leaders, experts, and practitioners from across the U.S. shared knowledge to support the creation of an Active Ingredients framework and guidance document for school accountability. Participants spent several hours over the course of three days discussing, posing questions, and grappling with challenges related to better measuring and communicating success for our most vulnerable students.  This convening launched an Institute project of the same name that was recently funded by the Walton Family Foundation to support the creation and pilot of an Active Ingredients framework.
Active Ingredients: Inclusive of students’ abilities to read, write, do mathematics, science, draw on lessons from history and civics, Active Ingredients are components of a school program which (irrespective of their relative quantity) help directly in achieving a school’s student performance objectives.  They are as a result co-academic in nature and include work with opportunity youth, high intensity special education services, social and emotional learning, fine and gross motor developmental links to content proficiency, health services, and social services.
Commissioner's Invitation to Participate in Regional Meetings on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Accountability System

The New York State Education Department is holding training on the accountability provisions of  New York State’s ESSA Plan for district superintendents, superintendents, and charter school administrators in May and June of 2018.  Spaces are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to the Chief Charter School Administrator and Data Specialist for each charter school.

A separate session for New York City public school educators will be conducted in June in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education.

For information on the non-New York City training sessions and links for registration, please read this memo.


New Resource for Schools: Teacher Advisor With Watson

Teacher Advisor With Watson is an online resource library for K-5 math teachers. It is a free, philanthropic offering from the IBM Foundation. School personnel can search for resources by concept, standard, teaching strategy and even student learning need. Access to academic standards, learning activities, strategies, resources, and customizable lessons are all available on the website. There is a "My Library" section of the site which houses lessons, activities, and strategies that have been downloaded or saved for later, which helps for efficient planning and resource utilization. It can help teachers teach and assess students with different learning needs, and allow for further engagement in NYS academic standards at the same time.

For an overview of Teacher Advisor With Watson, please see this YouTube Video, and to create a free account, please visit

Gates Foundation RFP on "To and Through" Advising for High Schools

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released an RFP to help support "to and through" advising. The grant will support up to 20 school systems to enact the conditions & develop capabilities needed to adopt a “to and through” approach to advising for high school students. Please use the link below for more information. Applications are due on May 31.

Institute Staff Spotlight:
Meet Taryn

Taryn Cooper, our newest staff member, is the Information Technology Specialist at the SUNY Charter Schools Institute. In this role, she is responsible for the development, implementation, and support of new technologies that will help further the Institute's ability to grow. Welcome, Taryn!
What We're Reading/Watching

Governor Cuomo delivered his State of the State speech and proposed Executive Budget on January 16. The Governor's Executive Budget Briefing Book outlines his proposals. 

After Senate and Assembly negotiations, there are some legislative changes to the 2018-19 budget that affect charter schools. Please see this memo from the New York City Charter School Center.
Dates and Deadlines
  • The next meeting of the SUNY Trustees Charter Schools Committee will be on Wednesday, June 6 at SUNY Global Center.
  • The 2018-19 Facility Agreement, Final Accountability Plan, and Q3 Financial Report are due on May 15th. Click here for a list of upcoming deadlines
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Updated Guidance Documents

We are pleased to announce that we have updated the following guidance documents:
As a friendly reminder, our mailing address has changed to 353 Broadway, Albany, NY 12246. Our phone number remains the same and our website is still Please ensure this is updated on insurance certificates and other documents you may be submitting in the future.

If you have any questions, please contact Kyra Lazzaro, Assistant Counsel for Legal Oversight at
About SUNY Authorized Charter Schools
  • 186 schools
  • 86,000 students
  • 88% outperformed their district in math
  • 83% outperformed their district in ELA
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