Leading a charter school is HARD! And we wouldn’t have it any other way…
  • Peggy Downs

Leading a charter school is HARD! And we wouldn’t have it any other way…

Updated: Nov 19, 2019

Welcome to my blog! My name is Peggy Downs. I am passionate about helping charter school leaders create and lead the schools they envision. Charter schools can provide a powerful choice in their communities and we hear stories daily about the impact these schools can have on students and families. Charter schools can be sources of innovation, inspiration, and genuinely satisfying work. They can also be frustrating and inefficient, with power struggles and miscommunications impacting the school’s ability to fulfill its mission.


Charter schools can be sources of innovation, inspiration, and genuinely satisfying work.
  • Do you wake up at night thinking, “What if….?”

  • Do you feel like the rules keep changing?

  • Does it feel like it’s always your fault? Even when it’s not?

  • Do you feel like no one else understands the weight you carry?

  • Are you trying to do your best, with limited support and fewer resources?

  • Do you have more questions than answers and no time to process the information you need to understand?

Back in 1999, I saw a meeting notice in the local paper, seeking parents interested in starting a charter school in Boulder, Colorado. I went to the meeting and discovered my life’s purpose. Over the past 20 years, I have helped to start four charter schools, serving as parent, teacher, executive director, and board member. I earned my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis in Charter School Leadership, and I hold a Colorado Principal License. I am currently supporting the development of a new association called the Coalition for Public Independent Charter Schools (CPICS) and have served on the board of directors for the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools (UAPCS). I have seen effective leadership and board governance, and I have seen mistakes and struggles that nearly destroyed a school community.

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I have seen parents and teachers come together with awesome unity to create a school, and I have seen them feel frustrated and disenfranchised by people they trusted. I am driven by my passion for developing effective school leadership that enables each charter school to fulfill its mission and vision.


Let’s work together so you can lead your charter school toward success, however you define that success. Here you will build connections with other school leaders and find support so that you can feel successful in the face of your unique challenges. You can be the hero that leads your school toward achieving its goals; I am here to support and guide you.


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