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Charter School Support Initiative (CSSI)

Contact Information


Sabrina Hodges
8500 E Mississippi Ave 117
Denver, CO 80247

Phone: 3033327455

General Information

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Type of Organization: Other
Collaborative of Independent Consultants
Organization is best described as: Non-Profit
Age of Firm / Number of Years in Operation: 10 years
Level(s) services may be provided: - Elementary
- Middle
- High School
Provides performance guarantees in contract: NO
Educational Services Provided Diagnostic Review

Name of Schools/ Districts that this organization has served in Colorado:

The CSSI team has conducted diagnostic reviews of 6-12 Colorado charter schools coming off the CCSP grant every year for the last 10 years. Below is a sample of organizations served:
Doral Academy- Arely Blanco, Principal.
Salida Del Sol Academy- Nidia Dobson, Assistant Principal.
Windsor Charter Academy- Rebecca Teeples, Principal.
Aspen Ridge Prep School- Charla Salamon, Principal.
Rocky Mountain Prep, Jenni Rees Principal
World Compass Academy, Bethany Merkling, Principal.
Denver School of Science and Technology Byers, Brad White, Principal.

Recent References:

Windsor Charter Academy- Rebecca Teeples, Principal.

Aspen Ridge Prep School- Charla Salamon, Principal.

Name of Schools/ Districts that this organization has served in other states:


Qualifications of this Organization (licensure, trademark, etc.):

The qualifications of the organization lay in the realm of the qualifications of the consultants that participate in the CSSI collaborative. See below.

Qualifications of Instructors/ Staff that Provide Services:

Sabrina Hodges is the lead evaluator for CSSI. She is a licensed Special Education/ELL teacher with over 15 years of experience working as a teacher, administrator, and instructional coach in charter schools in Colorado. As an independent consultant of four years, she has completed over 30 diagnostic school reviews for the CSSI team as well as School Works,LLC. Sabrina also serves on the school application review panel for Denver Public Schools and the Charter School Institute.

In addition to Sabrina Hodges, CSSI has over 15 consultants that represent expertise in various aspects of school programming including curriculum and instruction, school culture, school leadership, governance, and finance. A sample of these consultants are listed below.

Sheryl Shafer: Sheryl holds an M.A Leadership, Policy, and Politics from Columbia University''''''''''''''''s Teacher''''''''''''''''s College. She has over 15 years of experience consulting with schools and non-profits, helping them develop sustainable programming. Sheryl is an expert in charter governance and was a founding board member of Peak to Peak Charter School in Broomfield, CO. She has been a CSSI reviewer for 7 years.

Erin Sciscione: Erin is career educator and consultant for Expeditionary Learning. She is currently the school leader of the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School. She has been engaged in the CSSI process for two years.

Terri Andrews: Terrie was a classroom teacher and instructional coach in Denver charter schools for 15 years and has been providing high quality consulting services to schools and districts for the past 7 years. She is a consultant for the Colorado League of Charter Schools and has been engaged in the CSSI process for 7 years.

Katrinna Brossia: Katrina is a school finance expert and the current Chief Financial Officer for Liberty Common Charter Schools. This is her 3rd year on the CSSI team.

Kim Hurt: KimHurt is a school finance expert and the current Chief Financial Officer for Frontier Academy. This is her 6th year on the CSSI team.

Joshua Smith: Josh is an educational consultant that focuses on school leadership and educational policy. He was a very successful school leader of STRIVE Prep Westwood and recently ended a tenure as the Chief Academic Officer for STRIVE Prep Charter Schools.

Rachael Guran: Rachael is an expert in school culture, special education and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. She is the current lead Special Education Charter Partner in Denver Public Schools and is a preferred consultant for the Colorado League of Charter Schools. She has conducted over a dozen school diagnostic reviews for CSSI and School Works LLC.


Diagnostic Review: The CSSI team evaluates the 10 Colorado Department of Education''''''''''''''''s Standards for Continuous Improvement. These standards cover: curriculum, instruction, assessment, tiers of support, school culture and climate, school leadership, professional development practices, continuous improvement, governance, and finacne. The data sources used to evaluate these standards are: instructional observations of all instruction staff, interviews will all school stakeholders including a collection of parents and students, and a review of pertinent school documents. The CSSI team scores a comprehensive rubric that covers the 10 standards and provides a summary report of findings that intends to support schools in prioritization efforts and unified improvement planning. The CSSI team lead shares these reports with school leadership in person in order to ensure opportunity for questions and clarifications.

Cost for Services
Student population of 100 or less 4 member CSSI team $10,200
Student population of 101-350 5 member CSSI team $12,200
Student population of 351-600 6 member CSSI team $14,200
Student population of 601-850 7 member CSSI team $16,200
Student population of 851+ 8 member CSSI team $18,200

Explanation of how we are able to provide differentiated services to meet the individual needs of schools and districts.

The typical CSSI Process covered a review of all 10 of the CDE Standards for Continuous Improvement. However, schools can opt into having a review of just the standards they want. For example, a school could chose not to have a review of governance and finance if they have internal evidence that suggests these structures are already effective.

How will we evaluate our services and support to schools and districts and its effectiveness in school/ district/ student achievement?

We will use a 360 survey process to evaluate the effectiveness of our diagnostic reviews. This survey process will include gathering feedback from school leadership and governance on whether or not our reports provided them the information they needed to understand the level of effectiveness of the practices in their school.

Sample of services offered for a school or district:

Under 500 Students:

A retracted CSSI rubric and summary report are available upon request.

500-1000 Students:

A retracted CSSI rubric and summary report are available upon request.

1000+ Students:


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