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Respiratory Health and School Safety: What We’ve Learned from COVID-19

Now that we have stepped into the world of the “new normal” for charter schools following the 2020 pandemic, there are many lessons learned and ideas to share in these challenging times for everyone involved. Building Solutions and dozens of school facilities management teams have collaborated to report on their journey beginning February 2020 and through the COVID-19 pandemic to date. This report focuses on the facilities and operations response, which supports the program changes required to protect students and other facilities users from current and future respiratory health risks. It will discuss “respiratory health risks” in the context of school safety and security policy and practice.

Avoiding Chaos: Leadership Development and Succession Planning

Avoiding Chaos: Leadership Development and Succession Planning

The charter school movement started over 20 years ago and organizations that were new and novel are now mature and possibly in transition. As these organizations grow from founder lead to management lead,  they may experience growing pains and challenges with navigating that path. This presentation will provide guidelines and strategies for leadership development and succession planning that will give school  leadership resources to avoid potential pitfalls. Through case studies, group discussion and real world examples attendees will be encouraged to participate in and lead their organizations to new horizons.

How to Pitch Your School and Stories to the News Media

This session will provide practical tips on promoting your school, staff and students to the media from John Boyd, a former reporter and editor for the Houston Chronicle, Des Moines Register, and others, who now works as a school PR leader for one of Texas’ largest charter school systems. Topics include: finding good stories on your campus, crafting quality press releases and pitch emails, how to overcome story rejection, alternate strategies for getting your school noticed by the news media, and shifts in the media industry that directly impact your schools.

Problem-Based Learning in Science

Problem-Based Learning in Science

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) can be a powerful instructional tool to overcome these challenges. Equipped with PBL, teachers are able to infuse real-life application throughout the instructional unit increasing student buy-in. The problems used are teacher-selected or teacher-created problems to engage students and align with content standards. Educators employing PBL can have students apply their knowledge at several points throughout the lesson, providing formative assessment of content mastery prior to summative assessment. The application of knowledge to solve the problem simultaneously works to achieve mastery of the content. While students use their knowledge in scenarios, they create different solutions to the problem, work in collaboration with peers, and think creatively and critically. These are all vital characteristics of a 21st century professional. In our presentation, we will explain our rationale for our use of PBL, our method of creating PBLs in the middle school science classroom, and lessons learned. The majority of our examples will be based on Florida Life Science Standards, but the methodology of PBL creation is cross-curricular.

Charter School Financing Options During the Pandemic

Charter School Financing Options During the Pandemic

This webinar will explore current financing options in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The presenters will explore rapidly evolving market conditions and examine interim financing options alongside traditional fixed rate financing to help schools bridge the current crisis.  Attendees will have a better understanding of the current options available to their school, the steps needed to get access the market and will know the roles of participants in the process who can assist during this turbulent time, including the financial advisor.