We work for your school
Operated by the nonprofit Building Hope, the CSU provides a variety of broadly useful resources and customized advice to charter leaders and governing boards, nationally and particularly with a focus on schools’ facility needs in Florida, Upstate New York, Texas, the District of Columbia and rural communities.
Our team stands ready to help.
Have an issue that would benefit from an outside perspective? CSU consultants are available to meet with school leaders and boards to work through your school’s particular challenges or to help you advance your mission in new ways.
Director of Charter School Operations, Florida
Curtis joined Building Hope in 2012 after operating a High Performing Charter School in Florida for seven years, and opening a second campus. Curtis established the Charter Support Unit in Florida and has been assisting charter schools statewide.
President, Southwest Region
Shawn joined Building Hope in 2018 and works to build locally based partnerships in education reform and to develop trusted relationships with high-performing charter schools.
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Assistant Director of Charter School Operations, Florida
Trisha joined Building Hope in 2019 with a background as an educator and school administrator. She enjoys assisting charter schools in moving toward their missions and visions. Trisha has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
Director of Charter School Operations, Texas
Lisa leads the Texas Charter Support Unit, providing technical and operational assistance to charter schools and building relationships and partnerships in the state.
Our history and funding
The Charter Support Unit began as an objective of Florida’s 2011-16 Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant with the U.S. Department of Education. The grant proposed the implementation of a “Charter Support Unit” (CSU) for the purpose of providing short-term, intensive, and targeted support for start-up and new charter schools. The grant detailed that the CSU would be staffed by experienced educational professionals with expertise in curriculum, instruction, finance, governance, and leadership. The Florida Department of Education contracted with the nonprofit organization Building Hope to operate the CSU. Florida’s support continued on 2018 with a general appropriation to continue the work of the CSU, and was again included and expanded in Florida’s 2020-3025 federal Charter Schools Program grant as a significant component of the state’s technical assistance budget moving forward.
In 2018 the U.S. Department of Education awarded Building Hope a grant to expand the services of the Charter Support Unit to additional locations throughout the country. With the support from the U.S. Department of Education grant and a grant from the Walton Family Foundation, the CSU formally expanded to Texas in 2019.
The CSU provides support to charter schools in the first few years of operation, and our experts are available to conduct site assessments and provide recommendations for charter school improvement. The CSU’s resources and services are largely free to charter schools, but our more time-intensive services may entail a fee.
“We are happy to have the Charter Support Unit as a resource for sound information as we navigate the waters of charter school operation. The CSU team draws upon their experience as charter school leaders to provide a rapid response for complex situations. They are assets to the charter school community.”
– Joseph A. Gatti, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Gulf Coast Academy of Science & Technology (Spring Hill, FL)
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