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Charter Conversations: Jana Wilcox Lavin

In her role as Executive Director of Opportunity 180, Jana spearheads the organization’s investments to provide more kids a high-quality education, more resources and data about schools to families, and more great neighborhood schools in Clark County, Nevada. She brings her perspective on keeping focus in challenging times to us in this session.

How to Navigate Student Recruitment During Extended School Closure

How to Navigate Student Recruitment During Extended School Closure

As schools around the country adjust to life without school buildings, one challenge is looming large for charter schools: student recruitment. With many of our top referral sources — canvassing, events, school tours, and info sessions — no longer available to us, charter school leaders around the country are relying increasingly on digital marketing. Learn the emerging practices of connecting with your current communities, holding virtual live events, and tips for advertising during a global pandemic.

School Safety 101: Saving Lives One Threat Assessment at a Time

School Safety 101: Saving Lives One Threat Assessment at a Time

Research indicates that there are almost a half million acts of violence in our schools annually with over 20% of students in grades 9-12 reporting that they have been bullied. School safety and security in these modern times is more than just policing – it is about connecting with students and parents. The presenter, Dr. Steve Webb, an award winning veteran educator and a certified School Resource Officer will discuss current trends in school safety and using Behavioral Threat Assessment Teams (B.A.T) to mitigate 21st Century threats to student safety.

Creating a Successful Partnership with Your Project Manager

Creating a Successful Partnership with Your Project Manager

Building new, renovating existing, or expanding campus facilities can be an exciting, but chaotic time for your school. Planning and executing construction on campus introduces an entirely new layer of activity and expectations of Administration that detract from core duties. Hear how the experiences of a school “partnering” with a project manager gave them the opportunity to stay in the mainstream of critical project decision making, but shielded them from some of the risky and more technical drudgery. Key complement factors such as assessment of potential contributions of a project manager, defining roles, communications needs, owner furnished project elements, team selection, financing and fundraising, governance issues, and the method of contracting all help the Team define how duties are allocated, so the project and the rest of School leadership’s job remains under control.

What You Need to Know About Starting Your Own Charter School

The charter school concept started by Ray Budde was initially designed to allow teachers an opportunity to develop and create a program that fits different students and their needs. The program would be housed in the district and students would go to that school if selected, referred or requested. The district would approve the school for operation and no money would leave the district as the students would remain in the district. Big for-profit companies have now taken the reigns and exploited the public and federal funding causing the negative perception charter schools have gained.

This is now my 6th year working as a charter school operator and as an educator, I am a firm believer that TEACHERS should be the developers of charter programs and should be the ONLY individuals allowed to open charter schools. We have gone to school for this and legislation has somehow allowed, yet again, big business to dictate what happens in our profession. This webinar will share details about starting your own charter school, the positives and negatives and provide a few tips.