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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

SUNY Authorized Charter Schools outperform the state in both ELA and mathematics by 14% and 20% respectively

August 23rd, 2019|Comments Off on SUNY Authorized Charter Schools outperform the state in both ELA and mathematics by 14% and 20% respectively

As the New York State Education Department released the 2019 ELA and math assessment results for grades 3-8, the SUNY Charter Schools Institute is proud to share the strong accomplishments of SUNY authorized charter schools. [...]

Announcing the 2018-19 State Stimulus Fund Grant Request for Proposals

April 3rd, 2019|Comments Off on Announcing the 2018-19 State Stimulus Fund Grant Request for Proposals

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute, acting on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, is pleased to announce that it will accept applications for New York State Charter Schools [...]

SUNY Trustees Approve Seven Applications for Seven New Charter Schools and Renew Seven Schools

March 4th, 2019|Comments Off on SUNY Trustees Approve Seven Applications for Seven New Charter Schools and Renew Seven Schools

New York – Upon recommendation of the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, the SUNY Board of Trustees’ Charter Schools Committee (“Committee”), acting on behalf of the full SUNY Board of Trustees, today approved 7 applications for [...]

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Summer 2018 Newsletter
Welcome to the Summer 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 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 Charter Schools 

The Institute received 27 timely Letters of Intent to submit proposals in response to the Fall Cycle of the 2018 Request for Proposals (“RFP”). Twenty-two applicants with approved Letters of Intent submitted a full proposal by the June 26 deadline. The Institute anticipates presenting proposals recommended for approval to the SUNY Trustees on October 4, 2018. The earliest opening date for any school approved in this cycle is fall 2019. Public lists of applicants that submitted Letters of Intent and full proposals can be found here.
Unveiling a New Tool - The Interactive School Data Map

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute, with the help of our very own Sinnjinn Bucknell, has created an interactive map that displays New York State school enrollment, student demographics, and performance data and allows for comparison across schools. The map allows users to filter these data by school district, demographic subgroups, and grade spans. It includes data for all schools throughout New York State and allows users to filter charter schools by the authorizing agency. The map is password protected at the moment and not available to the public. The Institute intends to lift the password restriction thereby making the data available to the general public in the next two weeks.

If you have any questions about this map before it goes live, please contact us at

You can view the map here:
Password (in all caps): SUNY

We’re excited about Epicenter! Beginning September 2018, schools will be able to submit all required reporting, including quarterly reports, financial audits, and board meeting minutes directly through Epicenter and no longer through email or the Institute’s website.
The first three submissions to be submitted to the Institute through Epicenter include the following:
Required Submission Due Date
Accountability Plan Progress Report  September 17, 2018
Annual Financial Audit November 1, 2018
Q1 Financial Report November 15, 2018
If you have not yet established an Epicenter user account, please contact to do so. The following information should be included in the request for each user:
  • First and Last Name
  • Ed. Corp Name 
  • School name
  • Title 
  • Email Address
  • Epicenter Team Lead – yes/no (to be lead in communication/troubleshooting)
  • Primary data administrator – yes/no
We are collaborating with the National Charter Institute to offer Epicenter trainings and strongly encourage all users to participate to ensure a high level of success in understanding the system.  Training will be web-based and require internet access.  Training will cover an introduction to Epicenter and walk users through the submission process. They will be approximately 1 – 1.5 hours in length and offer opportunity for direct Q&A with both Epicenter staff as well as Institute staff. Click here to register for one of the current trainings listed below.
Thursday, August 23rd 10 am – 11:30 am
Thursday, August  30th 10 am – 11:30 am

Additional trainings will be scheduled for September and registration will be available shortly. 
Some additional resources to get a jump start on getting to know Epicenter can be found at:
SUNY Charter Best Practices Shared Nation Wide!
This summer was a busy one for SUNY Charter Schools Institute Staff! Many team members attended or presented at conferences. Here's what they had to say:
Susie Miller Carello, Executive Director, recently gave two presentations. The first presentation was part of a Creative Thinking for Authorizers workshop hosted by NACSA, which discussed Maintaining High Standards while Supporting Charters. The second presentation was at the NewSchools Summit on The Challenges of Expanding Rural Charter Schools, focusing on the need for more supports for applicants and schools in creating sustainable talent pathways.
John Flack said, "In June, Susie, Barb, Carrie, Andrew and I attended the National Charter Schools Conference in Austin.  The conference provided an opportunity to meet charter school teachers, administrators, board members and authorizers from states across the country.  We discussed challenges and opportunities in the charter sector, and shared our thoughts and experiences from our home states.  Each day multiple expert panel presentations were available – with Barb, Carrie and Andrew presenting an authorizer’s perspective of good board governance.  We all also enjoyed some good Texas style BBQ and observed the famous spectacle of the bats flying out from the Congress Avenue Bridge over the Colorado River for their nightly feeding journey."
Barb Acenowr added, "I attended other sessions that were excellent and covered board governance. One presentation by CMU included a case study that I have that was a very powerful tool and will use that moving forward to provide existing boards to be used at their retreats."
Jeff Wasbes said, "In July, Sinnjinn, Viola and I attended the Data And Technical Assistance Group (DATAG) annual conference in Saratoga Springs. The group is comprised of school and district data professionals throughout NYS.  Although we did not present at the conference, we did have an opportunity to see data professionals from Green Tech Charter High School and the Upstate Uncommon Network make a presentation about the use of data visualization in analyzing academic outcome data."
Kathryn Connell-Espinosa said that she attended the YaleSOM conference along with Keegan Prue, Jessica Healy, and Hannah Colestock. The theme was Education as Empowerment, and attendees explored ways to promote racial quality, social mobility, and economic empowerment. There was a keynote address delivered by John King and some panel discussions where, "the dialogue between groups of experts with varying experiences and education philosophies was engaging and insightful."
Teacher Advisor with Watson - August 2018 Release Announcement
Teacher Advisor With Watson, launched in September 2017 and now helping nearly 12,000 elementary teachers improve their teaching skills, is adding new content and functionality in time for the upcoming school year. With a goal of better serving more teachers, Teacher Advisor has added new instructional materials and features to support grades 6, 7 and 8 math teachers and, importantly, now offers specific resources focused on the needs of students with learning and attention issues.

Teacher Advisor is an IBM Watson-powered web tool designed in partnership with educators that is intended to save teachers valuable time as they plan highly effective lessons, with the end goal of raising student achievement. This philanthropic resource has over 8,000 quality lesson plans, student-facing activities, and classroom strategies, all vetted by high performing educators and math coaches. 

For more information on this free tool, click here.

Insititute Staff Spotlight:
Meet Maureen

Maureen Foley is the Institute's Director for New Charters. In this role, she leads the charter school request for proposals process and serves as the primary reviewer for all new school proposals. She also works to develop resources for potential applicants for new charter schools.
What We're Reading/Watching
During the Institute's annual staff development week (aka "Think Week"), we read a book called Disrupting Class by Clayton M. Christensen and had a discussion about different types of innovation in the education sector. 

Thank you to Vanessa Threatte, our Executive Deputy Director for Best Practices and Partnership for organizing a thoughtful discussion for the team!
Accountability Plan Progress Reports are due  to be submitted through Epicenter on on September 17th. Please see above information to establish your user account now! Click here for a list of upcoming deadlines

Have a new board member or a change in your school leadership? Let us know at

Board meeting minutes are due within 30 days of each meeting.
About SUNY Charter Schools
  • 185 schools
  • 93,000 students
  • 88% outperformed their district in math
  • 83% outperformed their district in ELA
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