National Charter Schools Institute
Dedicated to the core mission of providing quality schools for all students, regardless of income, race, or learning style, Naomi has focused her career on data-informed decision-making by providing families, school leaders, and policy-makers with transparent and actionable school performance information. To advance this commitment on a national level, Naomi joined the National Charter Schools Institute in the summer of 2019, where she works with schools and authorizers on creating responsive goals that go beyond proficiency rates on state assessments and capture school quality at its core.
Naomi is considered a national expert in charter school authorizing. She served as Deputy Director for the DC Public Charter School Board (DCPCSB) where she led the team responsible for charter accountability. She and the DCPCSB team developed an innovative suite of monitoring strategies – now used by charter authorizers across the country – which measure school performance, examine non-academic indicators such as attendance and discipline, and evaluate learning based on classroom observations.
Before joining DCPCSB in 2012, Naomi was Deputy Director at DC-based Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS). She began her career as a classroom teacher and literacy coach at the SEED Public Charter School, two high schools in California, and as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany. In 2016, Naomi was invited to join the Pahara - Aspen Institute. She is also a member of the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools, and served two terms on the board of Charter Board Partners. She is currently a board member of DC Bilingual Public Charter School.