Successful charter leaders are known for their ability to “wear many hats.” CSDC designed the Charter Schools Leadership Intensive with these school leaders in mind. Participants attending this 4-day summer “boot camp” will be exposed to a wide range of charter topics, including in-depth presentations on the following:
Charter School Financial Leadership
A condensation of key points from CSDC’s comprehensive, 60+ hour Charter Business Officer Training Program, the Charter School Financial Leadership Training presentation helps participants assess their personal grasp of the complex financial management landscape and how to develop a financial leadership strategy that maximizes limited financial resources to support quality instruction. The session reviews key funding programs, budget development and oversight strategies, cash flow management, and how to establish and manage cost-effective back-office business functions.
What is leadership? How do school directors improve and grow as leaders? Using leadership assessment tools and personal reflection, participants will answer these questions, identifying their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as learn how they can improve their own leadership. Each day, participants will be broken into teams to examine case studies and scenarios and discuss how they would go about resolving the difficult situations that school leaders face.
Special Education in a Charter Context
After a brief overview of the special education legal and regulatory framework, participants will learn how to establish sound working relationships with special education local plan areas (SELPAs) and other agencies to provide sound, cost-effective support and services to students with special needs.
Data and Accountability
Participants will review “high stakes” state and federal accountability systems. The session will include some hands-on activities on ways to use multiple data sources to identify and address achievement challenges with a manageable action plan.
Charter School Governance
After a brief overview of a typical charter school governing board’s origins and evolution, this presentation quickly moves into the finer points of successful charter school governance, including the major roles the governing board is expected to fulfill in its oversight capacity (e.g., delineating roles and responsibilities of school board members and staff; monitoring school fiscal performance; ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations; implementing and developing key documents, policies, and procedures; etc.).
Charter School Laws & Legal Issues
This presentation describes charter schools’ “fit” into both federal and state education laws. This presentation also alerts participants to the numerous legal landmines that have ensnared some charter schools and provides participants with practical guidelines for determining how to identify and prevent legal challenges and when to call a lawyer.
Charter School Labor Relations
This presentation provides a brief overview of the laws governing unionization and collective bargaining (the Education Employment Relations Act/EERA) and how these laws apply to charter schools. This session also includes a special focus on both whether and how bargaining units (“unions”) are formed in charter schools and school leaders’ roles and strategies in the unit formation and bargaining process, including practical information on essential “dos” and “dont’s.”
Given the myriad challenges charter schools face in identifying satisfactory facilities, charters often find it difficult to find school sites that reflect their overall missions and instructional goals. This presentation will address these challenges, enabling participants to reach their schools’ facilities objectives. Topics include facilities funding programs, Prop 39, and more.
Independent Study and Nonclassroom-Based Instruction
Whether participants serve traditional, full-time independent study programs or work for schools looking to open an independent study “sidecar” (or blended instructional program), this presentation will provide participants with the fundamentals and major areas of compliance for independent study and nonclassroom-based programs.
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