The School Leaders of America Charter College of Education

How is the program organized?

  • The Charter College of Education develops principal and teacher proficiency in the performance standards required for Colorado licensure
  • Courses are centrally located near participating districts and are held in candidates’ schools
  • Quarterly course offerings
  • One year program
  • Statement of Eligibility from the Colorado Department of Education is required for all candidates
  • Alternative licensure allows qualified candidates to begin working immediately in participating charter and public school districts
  • Teacher and principal candidates conclude their program with a juried thesis portfolio

What do educators say about the program?

“…On the job relevance in training for all our principals.” Founder and former Colorado Commissioner of Education, Dr. Calvin Frazier on our performance based program.

“The faculty is high quality and experienced principals who care and support you.” Pam Yoder, graduate from Jefferson County Schools.

“This is an outstanding way to get your license and network your career.”  Tim Matlick, principal, Woodrow Wilson Academy

“We do more than teach. We help you through the program.” Julie Fairley, former Douglas County Director of Secondary Education and Faculty Member.

Our Leadership Team

We are educational leaders with a passion for education. With more than a century of combined educational experience, we understand that strong school leadership is the key to student achievement.  School Leaders for America provides candidates with the necessary skills and experience to become the outstanding school leaders our students need.



John Evans, Ph.D, J.D.evansbio

Executive Director, School Leaders for America, Inc.

John Evans earned a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Georgia State University and a Jurist Doctor from Valparaiso University. Dr. Evans is a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and has studied at Downing College, Cambridge University, England. He has more than 30 years of experience working in public schools in Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana, California and Colorado. He served as an assistant professor of educational administration at San Jose State University, a labor mediator resolving school/teacher labor disputes, Director of University to public schools partners program for school improvement, and a college dean. He has specialized in leadership development, accountability and school finance reform. He also worked on national training projects for the Chief State School Officers Institutes.

He returned to his native Colorado roots in 1992, and two years later, he won election to the Colorado State Board of Education. He served four years on the State Board of Education and was appointed to two national commissions on teacher education and school facilities. In 1998, Dr. Evans was elected to the Colorado Senate. In Colorado, Dr. Evans has visited more than 150 school districts and more than 300 schools.

John served as the Assistant Majority Leader in the Colorado State Senate making education a priority. He wrote and passed pioneering legislation on Performance Based Teacher Training; Performance Based School Principal Training; and, Closing the Achievement Gap in Colorado. In 2004, he introduced ” Building a Parnership Between Public Schools and Community Colleges on Career and Technical Education.” He has authored numerous articles such as: Looking for Quality Principals in Nontraditional Places, Toward a 21st Century Child Centered School System, Linking Performance to Funding, Teacher Education and Testing: A Need for Rethinking How We Train Teachers, Let Our Parents Run, Removing the Judicial Barrier for Parental Governance of Local Schools.


In memory of our friend and colleague, Dr. Calvin Frazier, who passed away on January 30, 2006. His leadership and guidance with this project, as well as others, will be missed.

Calvin M. Frazier, Ed.D.frazierbio

The First Chairman of the Board, School Leaders for America, Inc.

Up until his untimely death, Dr. Frazier was completing a three-year assignment with the Rose Community Foundation as a liaison to the development of a new performance based pay plan for teachers in the Denver Public Schools. He also served as a Distinguished Senior Fellow for the Education Commission of the States.

Dr. Frazier began his educational work in Washington State serving 10 years as an elementary and secondary teacher, principal, and director of a special education unit. He received his doctorate at the University of Oregon and came to Colorado as a professor in school administration at the University of Colorado in Boulder. After five years and receiving tenure, he decided to return to the public schools as Deputy Superintendent for the Colorado Springs Public Schools. Five years later he accepted appointment as the Colorado Commissioner of Education and held that post for 14 years. He returned to higher education as a professor and head of the University of Denver Administrator Preparation Program. He retired after six years and consulted with John Goodlad’s Institute for Educational Inquiry, the National Network for Educational Renewal, and the Education Commission of the States.

Dr. Frazier has received Distinguished Service Awards from the University of Colorado and the American Association of School Administrators.

As a tribute to the work that Dr. Frazier did in helping to create the School Leaders program, the Dr. Cal Frazier Teach Fellows Program was created.