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Keynote Speakers:
Thursday, March 1

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler
Chief Catalyst
The Equity Project, LLC

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler is the Chief Catalyst and Founder of The Equity Project, LLC – an organization designed to support organizations and communities in building diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. She is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Inclusion Officer for Children’s Hospital Colorado – the first African American woman to hold that position in the... Keep Reading 


Friday, March 2

Seth Andrew
Bridge International Academies
Democracy Builders

Seth Andrew is a serial social entrepreneur currently leading Global Policy & Partnerships for Bridge International Academies and launching new civic enterprises through Democracy Builders. In 2016 he left the White House after serving as Senior Advisor in the Executive Office of the President leading the Education and Civic Technology portfolios. Prior to the White House... Keep Reading 






Plenary Session:
Thursday, March 1

Plenary Session - Exploration of the opportunities and challenges that the Colorado charter movement faces as we seek to transform public education for families statewide.


We are thrilled to announce the panelists for the plenary session that will take place at the League's 25th Anniversary Conference on Thursday, March 1 from 3:45 PM to 5:15 PM. The panel will feature four leaders with a distinguished record of state and national accomplishments in charter school advocacy, authorizing, philanthropy and school management. The panelists will join the League's President, Ben Lindquist, in a candid exploration of the opportunities and challenges that the Colorado charter movement faces as we seek to transform public education for families statewide. See panelists below.


Terry Croy Lewis
Executive Director
Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI)

Terry Croy Lewis is the Executive Director at the Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI). Prior to her work at CSI, she worked at the Colorado League of Charter Schools as the Vice President of School Quality and Support. Additionally, she was a founder of High Point Academy (HPA) which opened in 2006 and served as the Executive Director/Principal at HPA for 8 years. Before her work at HPA, Terry helped to develop other charter schools in Colorado as an independent consultant and as a consultant with a national organization focused on the creation of new charter schools. In 1997, she helped found her first charter school, Platte River Academy. In total, Terry has 20 years of experience in the charter school sector working in urban, suburban and rural communities and has served in a variety of capacities such as founder, school leader, governing board member, and consultant. Finally, she earned her doctoral degree from the University of Maryland and has taught at several universities across the country. 




Nora Flood
Education Director
Walton Family Foundation

Nora serves as the Education Director for James Walton, and works to implement his vision of a learner-centered, student fit educational experience for all youth.  Nora joined James’s team after serving for almost nine years at the Colorado League of Charter Schools, first as the Vice President of School Services and then as President.  Nora has over thirty years of experience in education as a teacher and principal in international, traditional public, charter public, and private schools.  She was the co-founder of The Classical Academy in Minneapolis, served as Head of School of Madison Country Day School and as Director of Sonoma Charter School.  Nora’s passion is building strong leadership in diverse school models, ensuring that all families have the opportunity to access high quality public schools that meet their priorities and their children’s needs.  Her current work supporting research into innovative school designs, collaborating with local, state, national and international Montessori pedagogues and practitioners, and exploring partnerships with like-minded organizations is helping the team develop its strategic plan for the future.



Jason Gaulden
Communications Director

America Succeeds

Jason Gaulden is Communications Director for America Succeeds, a national network of nonprofit, nonpartisan business groups focused on improving the nation’s education system. 

He also leads the organization’s Age of Agility Project, which examines the rapidly changing nature of the education-to-workforce pipeline. The initiative empowers business leaders, educators, and policymakers to better prepare students for the new workforce and economy. 

Jason is the Founder and Principal at Gaulden Group LLC, a consulting firm specializing in strategy, communications, and fundraising, with an emphasis on serving education organizations. Jason draws upon fifteen years of professional experience in varying roles: executive leadership, philanthropy, marketing, technical writing, fund development, and nonprofit board service.

Prior to establishing a consulting firm, Jason served as Program Officer for Education at Daniels Fund, and before that, a Senior Fellow at El Pomar Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.



Jim Goenner
President & CEO
Charter Schools Institute

Jim Goenner serves as President & CEO of the National Charter Schools Institute, a values driven non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and democratizing excellence in education. 

Jim joined the charter schools movement in 1995, and has played an influential role in its evolution ever since.  In 2010, his pioneering efforts earned him an induction into the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame.  Prior to joining the Institute, Jim served as the Executive Director of The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University, where he led the nation’s first and largest university authorizer of charter public schools.  Under his leadership, CMU became known as the “gold standard” for charter school authorizing, earning recognition from both the U.S. and Michigan Departments of Education.

He helped found and chaired the board of directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers.  He also helped found and served as the first President of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, which continues to serve as the unified voice of Michigan’s charter schools movement. 
Jim has testified before numerous policymaking bodies, including the United States Congress, and was invited by the U.S. Department of Education to serve on the advisory board of the National Charter Schools Resource Center.  He has received gubernatorial appointments from Governors John Engler and Jennifer Granholm.  He earned his doctorate in educational administration from Michigan State University and has authored numerous articles, including “Charter Schools: Revitalizing Public Education,” which appeared in Phi Delta Kappan and “Michigan’s Chartering Strategy,” which appeared in Education Next.  Jim presently serves on the board of the Charter Schools Development Corporation. He and his wife, Theresa, are the proud parents of seven children and two grandchildren. 
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