Join the WCSA at its Governance Institute November 9th
Join us at the Wisconsin Charter Schools Association
Navigating Public Charter School Governance
Speakers: Carrie Bonk and Kristy Casey
A high-functioning governance board is critical to the success of your public charter school. The Governance Institute will be an interactive and fast paced experience. When you complete this dynamic session you will have learned how parents, community members, partners and
staff can create successful boards that advocate for your school and its students, champion your success and protect your autonomy-all that makes you unique-and speak with one cohesive voice that will attract the educational and financial partnerships that you desire.
Carrie Bonk's passion is education and the role charter schools play in the future of public education in America. She is currently the Executive Director of the WCSA while also serving as a nationally recognized leader in Charter School Governance, Community/Parent Engagement and Financial Sustainability for Charter Schools. She is one of the Charter Founding members of an Instrumentality converted to Non-Instrumentality charter school in Sheboygan, Wisconsin where she served as the Governing Board President for seven years before relocating to Waukesha county. She also served as the Foundation Board President at that school as well as serving on other private independent school boards prior for a combined 13 years.
She is also the President of Bonk Consulting where for the past three years and has consulted with a number of charter schools in the areas above mentioned. It was through her work across the state of Wisconsin that she
came to work with the WCSA to ensure charter schools and the environment in which they exist is optimal so that the families and children who choose them reap the benefits of these innovative and accountable public charter schools.
Kristy Casey began her career as an elementary teacher in Chicago, where many of her students were second language learners. She continued teaching for the Elmbrook School District upon returning to Wisconsin.
She is a founding member of Wauwatosa STEM, where she served on its governance council for the last seven years, she currently serves as Past President. Her present efforts are focused on Community Engagement and Educational/Financial partnerships. Her leadership lead to the expansion of the STEM curriculum to the middle school level. She served on the original planning committee for the Forest Exploration Center Charter School and is developing a new concept for a secondary charter school with an emphasis on entrepreneurship.
Kristy recently graduated from National Louis
University with a Master of Educational Leadership, Administration/Supervision degree with a Charter School Administration emphasis, the first program of its kind in the state of Wisconsin.