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CharterLeader

 CharterLeader Program 

-Preparing for highly effective non-profit business and educational leadership

provided by the Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) to those aspiring expert leaders who are interested in enhancing their charter-specific training  and are  seeking to enhance their leadership abilities to start, lead, convert, replicate, and/or expand a charter school.

 Preparing for highly effective non-profit business and educational leadership… 

To build skills and competencies and strengthen your charter leadership effectiveness; to provide adequate succession planning and sustainability for schools in the use of both education and business practices.  Intensive training in all aspects of charter leadership to fill Georgia’s pipeline with an entrepreneurial and visionary “new breed” of educators who are ready to lead charter schools.

Provides an intensive and comprehensive training program covering all aspects of charter school leadership.

Intended to prepare new leaders for the responsibility of operating a high quality charter school.

Helps build skills and competencies in operational leaders.

Combines intensive modules in educational and school business leadership.

Candidates emerge with the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students, promote a positive school culture, and have the tools to manage the operations of their school.

Teaches through job embedded, performance based learning opportunities.

CharterLeader Cohorts

Small cohorts of candidates will work individually and collaboratively, sharing the realities of day-to-day classroom and school leadership practices.  GCSA will select 6 top aspiring expert leaders to join the cohort.  The training will be offered as one comprehensive program and leaders are eligible for 10 Professional Learning Units (PLUs) upon program completion.

Cost of the Program: $3000.00 for comprehensive training in both education and business practices.  The participant will pay in three installments each of $1000.00 due via credit card on file on the 7th of Feb. Apr., and Jun. 6th to cover the total program costs of $3000.00 for the program.  Participants will sign a Contract Agreement prior to program start.  If participants successfully complete the program, GCSA may reimburse the total program fees with an in-house grant. Participants will be notified of this prior to program entry.

 Program Modules

Taught by experts familiar with Georgia charter school policy and effective charter school leadership.

  • Standards-based Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Assessment Practices
  • Staff Recruitment and Labor Relations Management
  • Facilities Management and  Finance and Accounting
  • Communication and Marketing
  • Charter School Governance and Accountability
  • School Policy Making and Risk Management
  • Cultivating School Culture and Addressing Diversity
  • Legal and Regulatory Compliance with federal and state programs
  • Organizational Development
  • Data Management and Analysis and Fundraising and Grants Management
  • Education Management Organization (EMO) and Board Oversight

To get consistently effective charter schools, we need a large number of high-caliber people – and they need extensive and rigorous grounding, plus a challenging test-drive, before they are handed the keys to a school.        -Toward a New Generation of Leadership                                                                                                                            (National Association for Public Charter Schools)

For further inquiry contact: Juli Sergi, Director, Certification Programs, jsergi@gacharters.org

Preliminary registration can be accessed at:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GCSACharterLeader2014

*Applicants will be screened by GCSAs School Services Team and the best candidates will be selected based on eligibility, experience, expertise, and position within the school. We are looking for a diverse cohort of leaders or aspiring leaders to bring their unique set of skills to our training workshops in an effort to prepare highly effective leaders.  All preliminary applications are due Oct. 25, 2013.  Eligible participants will be invited to apply by close of business day on Nov. 15, 2013.  Those invited can submit formal applications prior to Dec. 13, 2013. GCSA will notify those who have been selected to participate in the 2014 CharterLeader cohort by Jan. 10, 2014.  

To: CharterLeader Participants

From: Juli Sergi, Director, Certification

Re: CharterLeader TENTATIVE Program Overview, Agenda, and Session Descriptions

Date: October 22, 2013

 CharterLeader TENTATIVE Schedule of Events

  Thursday, January 30, 2014  

 Lake Oconee Academy – Mentor Training

 Thursday, January 30, 2014

 Lake Oconee Academy – Mentor and Participants Welcome and Meet and Greet (Cohort 2)

 

1:00-1:30  

Meet and Greet

 Thursday, January 30, 2014  

 Lake Oconee Academy – Lake Oconee Academy Tour

 

1:30-3:30

Lake Oconee Tour with Dr. Otho Tucker

3:30-6:00  

QBE Training with Cohorts 1 and 2

6:30-8:30  

Working Dinner with Participants, Coaches, and Mentors

 Friday, January 31, 2014   8:00-4:00

 Lake Oconee Academy – Leadership Conference

 

 

8:00-4:00

Leadership Conference Opening, Breakout, and Lunch Sessions (cohorts 1 and 2, Mentors and Coaches)

6:30-8:30  

Working Dinner with Participants, Coaches, and Mentors (re: learnings from conference)

 

 Saturday, February 1, 2014

 CharterLeader Workshop #1, Lake Oconee Academy  

 

8:00-9:00

Working Breakfast with Participants, Coaches, and Mentors

10:00-11:00

Group Discussion on Challenges of Charter School Leadership

9:00-10:00

Marketing with Nina Rubin

10:00-12:00

School Culture, Parent and Community Engagement with Kelly Cadman

12:00-1:00

Working Lunch to Facilitate Discussion Among the Cohort

1:00-3:30

Board Governance and Working with Boards with Elisa Falco

3:00-3:30

Closing Discussion and Plans of Action

 

 Friday, February 7, 2014

CharterLeader Workshop #2

 GCSA Office, 12th Floor

 

10:00-10:30

Group Discussion on Learning and Challenges and Updates with Mentors

10:30-11:30

Enrollment with Kelly Cadman

11:30-12:00

Introduce Schoolwide Operational Calendaring with Elisa Falco

12:00-1:00

Working Lunch to Facilitate Discussion Among the Cohort

1:00-2:00

School Improvement Planning and Processes with Shekema Silveri and Elisa Falco

2:00-3:30

EMO Management, Organizational Development and Succession Planning with Rob Fortson and Elisa Falco

3:30-4:00

Closing Discussion and Plans of Action

 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

 CharterLeader Workshop #2

 GCSA Office, 12th Floor

 

10:00-11:00

Strategic Planning and Leadership with Elisa Falco

11:00-12:00

Performance Management I:  Converting Data to Information to Knowledge with Shekema Silveri

12:00-1:00

Working Lunch to Facilitate Discussion Among the Cohort

1:00-3:30

Performance Management II:  Total School Programming – Systems, Processes, Data, etc. with Shekema Silveri and Elisa Falco

3:30-4:00

Closing Discussion and Plans of Action

 Friday, March 7, 2014

 CharterLeader Workshop #3

GCSA Office, 12th Floor

 

10:00-10:30

Group Discussion and Review

10:30-12:00

Managerial Accounting, Budgeting, and Sustainability with CSBM, Inc.

12:00-1:00

Working Lunch to Facilitate Discussion Among the Cohort

1:00-3:30

Managerial Accounting, Budgeting, and Sustainability with CSBM, Inc.

3:30-4:00

Closing Discussion and Plans of Action

 

 Saturday, March 8, 2014

 CharterLeader Workshop #3

 GCSA Office, 12th Floor

 

10:00-10:30

Group Discussion and Review

10:30-12:00

Overview of Charter School Fiscal Health with Kelly Cadman

12:00-1:00

Working Lunch to Facilitate Discussion Among the Cohort

1:00-3:00

Legal and Regulatory with Kelly Cadman

3:00-4:00

Risk Management with Kelly Cadman

 

 Friday, May 2, 2014

 CharterLeader Workshop #4

 GCSA Offices, 12th Floor

 

10:00-10:30

Group Discussion and Review

10:30-12:00

Stakeholder Relations and Fundraising with Kelly Cadman and Guest Foundation Speaker

12:00-1:00

Working Lunch to Facilitate Discussion Among the Cohort

1:00-1:30

Highly Qualified and Certification with Juli Sergi

1:30-4:00

Special Education and Federal, Title Programs with Kim Waters

 

 Saturday May 3, 2014

CharterLeader Workshop #4

 GCSA Offices, 12th Floor

 

10:00-12:00

Human Resources/Labor Relations with Peggy Brockington, Strickland, Brockington, Lewis LLP

 

12:00-1:00

Working Lunch to Facilitate Discussion Among the Cohort

1:00-3:30

Hiring, Attracting, Retaining, Managing Staff with Elisa Falco and Kelly Cadman

3:30-4:00

Group Discussion and Plans of Action

 

Friday June 6, 2014

CharterLeader Workshop #5

 GCSA Offices, 12th Floor

 

10:00-12:00

Facilities Management with Joshua Gregory, Facilities Specialist

12:00-1:00

Working Lunch to Facilitate Discussion Among the Cohort

1:00-3:30

Action Planning and Meeting with Mentors

3:30-4:00

Group Program Wrap

 

CharterLeader Session Descriptions:

 CHARTERLEADER PROGRAM OVERVIEW (JS) – To provide online training via LiveText to strengthen business and education practices.  To provide case studies (CaseNEX) to better prepare leaders for real-word situations.  To provide a multitude of resources including journal articles, Power Points, activities, and resource materials to help prepare highly effective non-profit business and education leaders.

CHARTER DATA: COVERTING DATA TO INFORMATION TO KNOWLEDGE (SS) – This workshop will introduce and demonstrate techniques and strategies that can convert mountains of assessment and enrollment data into concise, informative summaries suitable for sharing with all school stakeholders. Workshop participants will review and discuss Georgia’s Charter Schools: By The Numbers (an annual data brief published by GCSA – in online and print versions), as well as the tools used to produce the publication (GCSA’s Performance Management System (PMDS), Georgia’s State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS), Microsoft Excel, and Tableau).

 CULTURE AND COMMUNITY (KC) – Building a strong school culture and engaging community stakeholders is the “secret sauce” for success of charter schools.  This session will focus on understanding the components of a positive and comprehensive school culture that is purposeful, powerful, and pervasive.  Lessons learned and ideas on how to engaged key stakeholders like parents, authorizers, higher education, and business and industry will also be addressed.

EMO MANAGEMENT, ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, AND SUCCESSION (EF w/ Rob Forston) – This workshop is designed to provide school leaders with tools and strategies to work effectively with their management companies.  An evaluation instrument will be introduced and reviewed.  An attorney who works directly with charter schools will provide some valuable insight on how to engage your management company and ensure that all parties are compliant with the management agreement. 

ENROLLMENT (KC)  – This workshop will provide an overview of enrollment requirements and best practices for charter schools.  Federal requirements and procedures for successful and transparent lotteries will be discussed and reviewed.  Participants will have the opportunity to compare their schools current enrollment practices and procedures with those discussed in the workshop.  

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT (KC) session moderator for Joshua Gregory, Facilities Specialist) – The school building and grounds are more than just land and structures; they are extensions of the school’s programs and contributors to the overall culture and well being of the staff, students, and parents.  This session will focus on facilities management in a broad sense – from selecting or modifying a facility to better deliver the school’s programming, to use of community resources, transportation, food service, custodial care, and financing to extend the programming, meet expected instructional, financial, health and safety, and enrollment outcomes.

HIGHLY QUALIFIED AND CERTIFICATION (JS) – A discussion of current trends and issues charter schools face in terms of highly qualified vs. certified status based on both state and federal mandates. Charter schools can waive certification via their charter, but learn the implications and challenges presented to teachers to remain current with their highly qualified credentials.

HIRING, ATTRACTING, RETAINING, AND MANAGING STAFF (EF) – This workshop will provide an overview of an effective hiring strategy and accompanying process.  Charter schools have a unique opportunity to hire mission-aligned staff.  To that end, participants will be exposed to a behavioral interview approach that produces excellent results in terms of attracting and retaining a highly effective staff.  Evaluation methods and best practices for developing staff will also be reviewed and discussed.

HUMAN RESOURCES/LABOR RELATIONS (KC) session moderator for Peggy Brockington, Strickland, Brockington, Lewis LLP) –Not only is staffing the largest line item of any school budget, but it is also one of the largest sources of organizational risk and the biggest factor in achieving the mission.  This session will focus on a variety of topics including considerations for organizational structure and effective use of human capital, equity in compensation and duties, impact on school culture, key competencies and dispositions needed to effectively work in the charter sector, and issues in labor relations and ensuring federal and state legal compliance. This session addresses key laws, mandates, protocols, processes, and practices to ensure your charter school if an effective and compliant employer.  

LEGAL AND REGULATORY (KC)  – Though freed from many of the burdens of Title 20 and local and state policies, the charter environment is still highly regulated.  This session will address the key laws and rules charters must follow and the general practical operational, finance, and staffing implications of compliance.  Information about common issues in compliance and best practices recommended by authorizers will be shared and discussed.

MARKETING YOUR CHARTER SCHOOL (NR) – Learn how to build your reputation, and your enrollment, with a well-planned and strategic marketing campaign. Topics covered include; Demographics; Branding; Mission Statement; Marketing Messages; Social Media; Traditional Media: Budgeting; Public Relations; and Community Outreach.

PLANNING AND WORKING WITH GOVERNING BOARDS (EF) – This workshop will help school leaders work more effectively with their governing boards.  Participants will be introduced to best practices for reporting information to the board as well as organizational and succession planning.  The careful balance between governance and management will be defined and discussed.

POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT (KC) – The politics of chartering change as rapidly as the wind, with lots of forces influencing changes in political environment.  This session will discuss some of the influencers in politics, how these directly impact school operations and authorization practices, and responsibilities and opportunities for school leaders to effectively work within and perhaps even take advantage of political context to meet the school’s mission.

RISK MANAGEMENT (KC) – Managing a public charter school is fraught with risk – financial sustainability risks, health and safety, legal, property, personnel, public relations, and a myriad of others.  This session will provide information on some common risks found in the charter sector and provide helpful guidance and problem solving in managing risks through appropriate staffing, documentation, systems, and processes.

SCHOOLWIDE OPERATIONAL CALENDARING (EF) – This is a tool that will be developed throughout the CharterLeader workshop series.  Charter school operations are hectic and leave little time for planning and reflection. This tool will allow school leaders to place significant deadlines, reports and other activities that are key to effective school operations, on an annual calendar.  After each workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to populate the calendar.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLANS AND PROCESSES (SS, EF) – Success is often the product of corrected mistakes, and is facilitated by sound planning. This session will use an activity called “Take Me To Your Leaders” – where an “outsider” facilitator asks school stakeholders to share their planet’s “SWTO” (strengths, weaknesses, threats, opportunities). This stakeholder feedback will then be shaped into SMART (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely) improvement goals and strategies.

SPECIAL EDUCATION AND FEDERAL PROGRAMS (KW) – This session will focus on determining the needs of the special education department at your school with a focus on how and who organizes, stores, and manages student files and important state paperwork.  The session will address how and when to provide needed information to regular education teachers of special needs students and how to conduct essential meetings and understand roles in IEP, Eligibility, Transition, Pulse Checks, SST, and RTI meetings. The session will also focus on knowing which types of services best fit the needs of your students with regards to LRE laws and regulations, working to provide services in co-teaching and collaboration settings, conduct progress monitoring and how to effectively collect data, determine how to bridge the achievement gap with testing, work to attain and manage school funding and overall become an effective administrator within the process.

STAKEHOLDER RELATIONS AND FUNDRAISING (KC with Lori Armistead, Program Officer, Walton Family Foundation) with general major foundation representative TBD) – Charters are persistently underfunded, requiring a very intentional and necessary focus on fundraising to diversify revenue sources.  This session will address some strategies for addressing foundation and grant sources and how to build stakeholder relations that positively impact the bottom line.

STRATEGIC PLANNING AND LEADERSHIP (EF) – Governing boards are tasked with developing strategic plans that provide long-term direction for a school.  Leadership plays a critical role in not only implementing the strategic plans, but using school improvement plans, data, and context to help boards shape the strategic direction.  This session will focus on practical ways leaders can engage in the process and support their staffs and boards on delivering on the mission.

SUSTAINABILITY, MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING, AND BUDGETING(KC) session moderator for  Karen Daniels, Charter School Business Management, Inc.)  – As not only public school operators, but also managers of multi-million dollar non-profits, charter school leaders must have the skills to properly manage and utilize financial resources to deliver the school’s programs and to ensure sustainability for the long term.  This session will address key factors influencing sustainability, key issues in finance found in charter schools, strategies and best practices in managerial accounting, and effective budgeting strategies.  

 

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