New Course: Come to this lively, interactive session where we will answer the following questions:
- What is a results-focused charter school board?
- What can we learn from the best charter school boards nationwide?
- What are the top mistakes charter school boards make and how can our board avoid them?
- How do effective board maintain accountability to the public?
- How do effective boards use data to drive decision-making?
- What data should we be looking at? Where should it come from?
A charter school board should be a highly effective team, strategically assembled to bring the skills, expertise, temperament and time to govern a multi-million dollar public enterprise. But, most charter school boards don’t fit this description. Typically, it is a group of well-meaning people very unclear about their roles, responsibilities and how to execute key tasks effectively. This session will help you learn how to transform your board into a results-focused board that focuses on strategic issues rather than just reacting to the day’s latest crisis.
Get an understanding of what let up to the recently released state accountability system in Texas. Review the recommendations made to TEA by the Accountability Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) that resulted in the system released in April 2013. The ATAC meets to consider complex technical issues related to accountability in order to develop recommendations that ensure that Texas achieves the goals of the accountability system for 2013 and beyond. Texas Education Code (TEC) was amended to include many more measures for accountability. Because of this increase, educators and others involved in the advisory committees have recommended a Performance Index framework for determining accountability ratings. Join us to be in the know of the latest developments of the new Performance Index framework.(75 Minutes)
Pre-Recorded Webinar - This lesson provides board members and school officers an update to 2012 PBMAS guidelines. (60 minutes)
Pre-Recorded Webinar - This lesson provides board members and school officers an update to 2012 Federal Accountability guidelines. (60 minutes)
NEW COURSE: This vendor-neutral, jargon-free session lays out the most common facility financing options in clear, direct language, highlighting the pros and cons of each approach with an emphasis on leasing and nontraditional financing. We will discuss how best to prepare your school for a facilities project, how to weigh the different financing options, and how to present your school to a lender. The presentation will be discussing the critical points of a lease and what items to include or exclude and watch out for if leasing is your most viable option.
Objective 1: Attendees will learn the about leasing and the most common non-traditional facility financing approaches: which are common for new starts vs. operational schools; what to ask of lenders; what to expect; where to turn; and the key watch-outs for each option.
Objective 2: School leaders will learn how to set a strategic plan to put their school in the best position to undertake a facilities project.
Objective 3: Attendees will learn the keys to successfully navigating the complexities of a charter school lease.
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New Course: Schools must be prepared for health and safety issues that could transpire during the school year. What are the most important steps that need to be taken for every school to prepare for health and safety school issues? This session will outline school preparedness and best practices for our schools and the safety and well being of our students.
• Review safety requirements for every public school
• Identify best safety practices for your school
• Create a sense of urgency for action and preparedness in the area of school safety
Webinar recording. Covers what Charter School leaders need to know about Health and Safety. (60 Minutes)
This lesson provides board members and school officers an introduction and overview of charter school Open Meetings requirements and best practices. (60 Minutes)
Public Records for Public School webinar hosted by Art Serna and Lindsey Jones (60 Minutes)
YOUR most important charter School RESOURCE – YOUR STAFF, do you have the “people business” running well and in compliance.. During this session you will self-assess your human resource’s system. You will learn the way to ensure compliance and consistency linking your policies, procedures, handbooks, job descriptions, time keeping and payroll. You will leave with several tools to assist in new hires, assessments, payroll, as well as how to streamline your Human Resource functions and help ensure HR compliance. (60 Minutes)
New Course: Compliance, Compliance, Compliance. Turn these three annual financial requirements (Charter First, Solvency and Maintenance of Effort) into key ingredients to managing your charter school operations. This session will provide the tools to allow you to run your own Charter First, Solvency and MOE every month or quarter. No Surprises when you get your compliance letters, and no more guessing how you will rate and great tools to change your ways to ensure top compliance every time. Learn to treat compliance with Charter First, Solvency and Maintenance of Effort, as your improvement tools and your ongoing financial benchmark indicators. Join us as we share our recipe for consistent monthly compliance. (60 Minutes)
New Course: Experienced finance industry professionals will provide information regarding recent changes to Texas charter school financing being driven by market volatility in the high yield sector. They will also share guidance for preparing for the opportunity to issue Texas charter school debt with the Permanent School Fund (“PSF”) ‘AAA’ rated credit enhancement. Hear vital tips to prepare your school for investment grade ratings, a requirement to issue with the PSF. Receive input on long-range facilities planning from charter school leaders who have experienced the bond process. It is ever more important to plan ahead, craft flexible capital programs and contingency plans. Also, you will hear directly from Oppenheimer’s Head of Institutional Sales and Wells Capital Management, one of the largest purchasers of Charter School debt, as they provide their thoughts on the current high yield market, the possible impact of the PSF to interest rates, what investors are currently focusing on and how all this items may affect Texas charter school financing options.
Objective1: Learn how interest rate movements can impact your facilities financing options
Objective 2: Learn the importance of maintaining financial and operational flexibility in your long-range capital plan
Objective 3: Learn about the importance of contingency planning and other financing options
New Course: Join the experienced team at Wayside Schools in Austin,TX to gain quality tips for establishing and implementing sound board practices around fiscal oversight and how to utilize financial reports to meet the goals of your school long term.
• Learn the roles and responsibilities of board governance of a school’s financials and how to apply what you have learned in your school
• Understand various approaches to board, committee, and staff roles in financial oversight
• Understand strategies and additional resources for board development and oversight around financial matters of your charter school
A hands on look at the 19 indicators used in your First rating, how they are calculated, how to monitor to ensure your FIRST rating includes no surprises and how to strive for excellence. Each of the indicators and its parts will be explored and you will have the tools and knowledge to work through your own FIRST rating indicator calculations (60 Minutes)
An overview of the various types of audits (financial statement, single audit A-133, TEA desk review) that a charter will encounter. (60 Minutes)
New Course: The most effective nonprofits, especially charters, are governed by boards of directors that engage fully and operate with complete fidelity to the best interests of the organization. While every board should always work collaboratively with their founders and executives, their work must be guided by a set of legal and ethical guidelines that keep the needs of the school as their primary focus, even if that might mean occasionally asking tough questions of the school’s founder. This session is useful for all charter board members, but especially for those who are interested in developing fresh, modern, and innovative approaches to high-impact governance.
o Board members will obtain a framework through which to analyze decisions and evaluate whether those decisions impact their schools positively or negatively.
o Board members will receive instruction in the most current approaches to nonprofit governance in order to better fulfill their role as fiduciaries.
Objective 1: Examining the most current approaches to nonprofit governance in order to better fulfill their role as fiduciaries.
Objective 2: Obtaining a framework through which to analyze decisions and evaluate whether those decisions impact their schools positively or negatively.
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Legal compliance training related to Human Resource requirements regarding at will employment. Presented by Chris Baumann (75 Minutes)
How to engage the many resources provided by TCSA to assist with your legal compliance needs. (75 Minutes)
Charter School Board Fiduciary Responsibilities and Immunities Understanding Your Duty to the Public (60 Minutes)
This lesson provides board members and school officers an introduction and overview of the many laws and regulations impacting the operation and governance of charter schools. (60 Minutes)