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12 Facility Planning Mistakes…. That You Won’t Make

  • Presentor: Melissa Provost, Manager of Business Development from HIghmark School Development, Patrick Beausoleil, Vice President of Business Development from HIghmark School Development
  • Date: February 8, 2018 10:00 am
  • Description: Undertaking a facility development, acquisition, or construction project for your permanent school home is a BIG deal. This informative webinar will show you the 12 most common, fixable – but often devastating – mistakes charter school founders, board, and leaders make in their facility planning. Participants will leave with the practical, project-saving tools and insight …

Accounting and Financial Management

  • Presentor: Richard Moreno, Regino Rodriguez
  • Date: October 11, 2012 10:00 am
  • Description: Charter schools are required to use accounting processes that align to the “Financial and Program Cost Accounting and Reporting for Florida Schools”, commonly known as the “Redbook.” This presentation will talk about the Redbook accounting requirements, as well as some accounting best practices for charter school leaders.

Aligning Your Budget to Educational Priorities

  • Presentor: Panel discussion
  • Date: March 26, 2015 10:00 am
  • Description: Balancing budget priorities is difficult for all charter schools in Florida, but trying to prioritize the budget for high needs / turn-around schools is an even more complex puzzle. Aligning your educational priorities to your plan for spending money is essential to ensure the correct staff are in place, and that your students achieve the …

An Overview of the E-Rate Program

  • Presentor: Benjamin Sniecinski of E-Rate Advantage
  • Date: November 7, 2018 10:00 am
  • Description: E-Rate is a federal program schools can take advantage to help pay for Internet access and network equipment. While this is a free resources for schools, many find the E-Rate program intimidating, time consuming and confusing. This webinar will provide you with an overview of the E-Rate program. You will learn about who is eligible, …

Anti-Bullying Programs in Charter Schools

  • Presentor: Brooks Rumenik
  • Date: April 28, 2016 10:00 am
  • Description: Florida Statutes expressly prohibit bullying and harassment of any student or employee in public schools in Florida. The statutes lay out specific steps which schools must take in order to ensure that bullying is addressed. How can these statutes be implemented within Florida Charter Schools to provide them with the flexibility and autonomy anticipated at …

Anxiety Disorders in Students

  • Presentor: Kyrah Altman, President of LEAD (Let's Empower and Do)
  • Date: March 19, 2019 1:00 pm
  • Description: Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental illness among youth, seriously affecting the way students function in school, experience life, and engage in relationships. This workshop will (1) describe different kinds of anxiety disorders and their related risk and protective factors, (2) teach educators how to reduce symptoms of anxiety through mindfulness and intentionality in …

Anxiety Disorders in Students

  • Presentor: Lauren Wilkins, Director of Education of LEAD (Let's Empower, Advocate and Do)
  • Date: September 5, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental illness among youth, seriously affecting the way students function in school, experience life, and engage in relationships. This workshop will (1) describe different kinds of anxiety disorders and their related risk and protective factors, (2) teach educators how to reduce symptoms of anxiety through mindfulness and intentionality in …

Anxiety, Trauma & Emotional Dysregulation in the Classroom

  • Presentor: Natalie James, MS, NCC, LPC; Counselor and Child Life Specialist,
  • Date: March 28, 2019 1:00 pm
  • Description: Understanding the manner in which stress, anxiety, and trauma impact a student’s observable behavior and ability to learn is imperative for educator success. Explore the basic physiology of the autonomic nervous system, identify life stressors with impact on development, and consider the effect of interpersonal experiences on learning and behavioral outcomes. Recognize signs and symptoms …

Assessing ELLs for Special Education: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid

  • Presentor: Assessing ELLs for Special Education: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid
  • Date: January 10, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: Charter Schools need to be careful about navigating the waters regarding Special Education as well as English Language Learners … but what exactly is required when those two issues overlap? When educating ELLs who seem to be struggling, how do you know when it is time to think about a special education referral? This session …

Assistive Technology

  • Presentor: Susan Saunders, FDLRS
  • Date: March 3, 2016 10:00 am
  • Description: One of the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Act is ensuring students have the services and equipment that they need in order to be provided a free and appropriate public education. Charter Schools may be required to provide an implement assistive technology for students who are enrolled at the school. What does this mean? …

Attract the Teachers You Need: Create a Year-Round, Multi-Channel Teacher Recruitment System

  • Presentor: Jill Nyhus, VP of Communications & Public Policy at Insight Education Group
  • Date: August 29, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: Today’s teaching candidates have more choice than ever on where they can teach and work. In this hands-on session, reflect on how recruiting teachers has radically changed for school districts in the last five years, uncover what candidates are seeking, and discover how a year-round, multi-stakeholder, and multi-channel recruitment system is attracting a new pool …

Behavioral Data To Support MTSS

  • Presentor: Therese Sandomierski, USF
  • Date: January 28, 2016 10:00 am
  • Description: Charter Schools are always concerned about supporting students and ensuring they are learning effectively. One of the important concepts of Florida Education is the idea of a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) to help students succeed. In order for MTSS programs to be effective informative and efficient data systems must be in place to monitor …

Boards: How Healthy Is Your School?

  • Presentor: Ms. Debbie Lister Chief Governance and Program Operations Officer with Charter Board Partners
  • Date: November 15, 2018 10:00 am
  • Description: The board’s role is to ensure the school is successful and sustainable, but how do you know? This presentation will help board members better understand what data they should be reviewing, questions they should be asking and what to do once they have that information. Participants will walk away with actionable steps to take back …

Budget Template Tool Webinar

  • Presentor: Curtis Fuller, Director of Charter School Operations
  • Date: April 29, 2014 10:00 am
  • Description: The Charter Support Unit has developed a budget template tool which assists with developing a comprehensive budget for operating a charter school. This webinar will present the tool and walk through the recent changes added to the tool. The presentation will start with updates for those who are familiar with the tool, and we will …

Building A School Culture of Leadership

  • Presentor: Melissa Aguilar
  • Date: October 27, 2016 10:00 am
  • Description: Building a school culture with a mindful purpose is imperative. Whether you like it or not, a culture will be established at your school. It may be a positive culture or a negative school culture. But establishing a positive school culture is only the first step. Your goal, as a leader should be to foster …

Building an Effective Tier 2 and 3 Tiered Support System to Meet The Needs of Youth Who Are At-Risk

  • Presentor: Ms. Catherine Raulerson and Dr. Lauren Evanovich from the Florida Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Project
  • Date: February 7, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: As charter schools build their Multi-Tiered System of Supports, schools should consider how more intensive supports will be provided to those students who are not successful in more typical environments. You’re invited to join Ms. Catherine Raulerson and Dr. Lauren Evanovich from the Florida Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Project for an informative webinar to …

Building on a Foundation of Engagement through Stay Interviews

  • Presentor: Gina Dole
  • Date: February 2, 2017 10:00 am
  • Description: Are you looking for ways to more effectively engage and build on the culture of your charter school? After all, engagement and culture are proven key drivers of performance and retention. Engagement is that magical thing that happens when employees consistently give your organization discretionary effort. So how do you encourage and enhance employee engagement …

Can They Really Ask for That?

  • Presentor: Melissa Gross-Arnold, Esq., B.C.S.
  • Date: December 17, 2013 10:00 am
  • Description: Increasingly, charter schools are receiving public records requests from the media and others. Responding to requests improperly or without thought can cause legal and public relations nightmares. Learn about public records, maintenance requirements, responding to requests from legal and public relations perspectives and what to do when the media calls.

Cannabis Conundrum

  • Presentor: Attorney Kathleen Schoenberg
  • Date: January 31, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: Medical marijuana is legal in Florida and can be prescribed for minors. However, it is still illegal under federal law, so what does this mean for Florida charter schools? This webinar, presented by attorney Kathleen Schoenberg, will review how other states have handled this topic and discuss how lessons from other states can be applied …

Changes to Public Records Statutes

  • Presentor: Mr. Shawn Arnold, Arnold Law Firm
  • Date: October 5, 2017 12:00 am
  • Description: Public Records Requests have been on the rise for charter schools, and lawsuits for those who do not properly respond to such requests are a reality for charters throughout Florida. The public records statute was recently changed to require that if someone plans to sue over a public records request, they must provide 5-days notice …

Charter School & EMO Ethics: Not Just Do’s and Don’ts

  • Presentor: Nathan Adams, Holland & Knight, LLP
  • Date: December 10, 2015 10:00 am
  • Description: Charter school boards are subject to public ethics laws.  In general, charter school management companies are not.  Both must comply with state employment, whistleblower, deceptive trade practice, and false claims act laws.  This session examines the public ethics obligations of charter school boards, the intersection of state statutory regulations with them, and best practices for …

Charter School as Employer. HR Dos and Don’ts

  • Presentor: Jeffrey Wood, Director with Tripp Scott
  • Date: April 4, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: Charter School Administrators are not just educational leaders, but also human resource leaders. What exactly does that mean? Join us for this informative webinar presented by Attorney Jeffrey Wood, a Director with Tripp Scott as he reviews the key “dos and don’ts” of human resources from a legal perspective. The presentation will cover state and …

Charter School Facilities 101

  • Presentor: Richard Moreno, Executive Director of Building Hope
  • Date: February 26, 2015 10:00 am
  • Description: For new schools, or schools looking to expand, facilities issues often cause issues for charter schools in providing the best possible program. Questions around how to go about getting the best deal on a lease, or exploring the possibility of purchasing are stressful decisions for school leadership and governance. This webinar focused on the pros and …

Charter School Funding Sources

  • Presentor: Ms. Alina Chester, the Budget Director for Academica
  • Date: May 23, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: FEFP. CSP. Title I. NSLP. PECO. IDEA. Does this list of acronyms get you excited about next year? It should! All of these are various funding sources that charter schools should understand as they work to develop their budgets and ensure their schools are receiving and correctly using revenue which may be available to them. …

Charter School Grants: How to Save Time and Write a Better Grant

  • Presentor: Peggy Downs
  • Date: April 30, 2019 1:00 pm
  • Description: A shared vision; learn how to partner with donors to make a difference. This session will change the way you think about grants. Find out how to see your grant proposal from the funder’s perspective. Learn how to craft your message to meet their needs, and then develop your program, find your grant donor, and …

Charter School Insurance

  • Presentor:  Larry Robbins
  • Date: March 20, 2014 10:00 am
  • Description: How is your Charter School protected if your board is sued because a student bullies another student who commits suicide? This and other real life issues will be discussed in this webinar that will help your charter school protect its assets, its staff, its board and students from catastrophic events.  

Charter School Law Highlights for Board Members and School Leaders

  • Presentor: Kathleen Schoenberg
  • Date: March 22, 2018 10:00 am
  • Description: The Charter School statute (1002.33) is over 17,000 words long and includes many requirements for charter schools and their sponsors. What are the essential pieces governing board members should be focused on? Join us for this informative webinar where we will quickly run through the primary laws that the governing board members of currently operating …

Charter School Marketing 101

  • Presentor: Nona Mitchell Robertson
  • Date: January 23, 2014 10:00 am
  • Description: Do you have a fantastic Charter School but aren’t sure how to market it to parents, community and local business. Tap into the perspective of a professional who has a Marketing and Public Relations Overview that might work for your school.


  • Presentor: Curtis Fuller
  • Date: May 21, 2015 10:00 am
  • Description: In conjunction with the Department of Education, the staff of the Charter Support Unit have been working to develop a new compliance tool available to charter schools and districts throughout the state. The goal is to help districts and schools organize their communication and submission of the requirements of charter school contracts. This presentation will …

Child Trafficking and Exploitation

  • Presentor: Jilian Eltzroth, Outreach Coordinator, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Date: September 17, 2019 1:00 pm
  • Description: What Youth Serving Organizations Need to Know: Child sex trafficking is happening all across America – rural, urban and suburban, yet far too many parents and child-serving professionals don’t know what to look for or how to help. This session will empower attendees with information on common vulnerabilities, indicators, and reporting procedures. This session provides …

Class Size Reporting and FTE Essentials

  • Presentor: Kenneth Dukes from the Florida Department of Education’s FTE and Class Size Database Reporting Team
  • Date: October 4, 2018 10:00 am
  • Description: Survey week for survey two is coming soon (October 8-12, 2018). What does this mean for you and your school? What last minute thing should school leaders remember going into this critical week to ensure proper funding? This webinar will be presented by Kenneth Dukes from the Florida Department of Education’s FTE and Class Size …

Collaboration for Student Success

  • Presentor: Sallie Payne, FDLRS
  • Date: March 31, 2016 10:00 am
  • Description: When the adults in students’ lives work together collaboratively, students can succeed. This is especially true when it comes to exceptional students. Teachers must work collaboratively between the regular education and special education settings to ensure student’s needs are met. Join us for a presentation which will focus on how these collaboration can be effectively …

Cracking the Code: Your Guide to Financial Statements

  • Presentor: Bryce Fleming of EdTec Inc., and Sarah Garrett of the Low Income Investment Fund
  • Date: April 11, 2019 1:00 pm
  • Description: Do you dread the part of the board meeting when it is time to review and discuss the financial statements? Do you think they are speaking in code? This webinar will decode the fundamentals of accounting and budgeting so that you are prepared to effectively engage in financial discussions. Through an informative presentation, participants will …

Developing A Charter School Website

  • Presentor: Curtis Fuller
  • Date: July 18, 2013 10:00 am
  • Description: The recent legislation signed into law by the Governor requires for the first time that Charter Schools maintain a website with information about the charter school, the academics, finances and governance. While most schools have a website, many have not put a lot of strategic thought into how to maintain, update and use their website …

Due Process for Exceptional Student Education

  • Presentor: Shawn Arnold, Attorney at Law
  • Date: January 29, 2015 10:00 am
  • Description: One of the most common legal areas charter schools run into is with regards to special education services. Schools must fully understand the the due process rights of the students and families receiving ESE services. This presentation, presented by an attorney who has assisted numerous charter schools with special education related situations, discussed the responsibilities …

Dyslexia, Early Literacy Intervention, and Legislative Requirements

  • Presentor: Heather Willis-Doxsee, the Deputy Director of the FLDOE Just Read, Florida! office
  • Date: January 23, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: During this webinar, the Just Read, Florida! office will provide an overview of dyslexia and multisensory instruction and the statutory requirements for charter schools related to reading intervention, training, certification and the reading endorsement. This presentation will be especially helpful to school administrators and reading specialists. The webinar will be presented by Heather Willis-Doxsee, the …

Education Privacy Requirements: FERPA and Your Responsibilities

  • Presentor: Brent McNeal, Deputy General Counsel
  • Date: August 8, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: Student privacy is a hot topic in today’s culture and it is imperative that educators remain knowledgeable in how to protect their students’ rights. Not doing so could result in personal and financial liabilities with long-lasting negative results. This webinar will help you review your responsibility as an educator under FERPA and will empower you …

Edutainment Learning: Connecting your students with the world through zoom

  • Presentor: Ralph Krauss, Digital Innovations for Academica Virtual Education and Pinecrest Academy of Nevada
  • Date: September 12, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: In this presentation, educators will learn about the amazing opportunities that can be afforded through video conferencing technology. Holocaust survivors, first hand accounts of September 11th, Authors, leading Professors from various fields, Grammy winners, Oscar/Emmy winners, Nobel Peace Prize winners, astronauts etc . . . With over 7 billion people in the world, everyone has …

Effective Board Meetings & Members

  • Presentor: Kathleen Schoenberg
  • Date: January 15, 2015 10:00 am
  • Description: This webinar will discussed the three “R’s” – recruiting, running and retaining the right mix of people on your charter school board of directors. This presentation focused on ideas for filling vacant board seats and share tips for organizing your board to help retain quality board members. We also discussed the steps necessary to holding …

Effective Website Design

  • Presentor: Bonnie Leedy, CEO, School Webmasters
  • Date: September 3, 2019 1:00 pm
  • Description: There are several critical factors when creating an effective school website, including design, content, and purpose. When all of these elements are strategically implemented and managed, your school’s website will improve school communications, your brand and reputation, will save your school money and staff’s time, all while increasing enrollment and parent engagement. Learn what to …

Effectively Using Social Media as a Marketing Tool

  • Presentor: Dr. Steven Blinder
  • Date: March 16, 2017 10:00 am
  • Description: Marketing charter schools can be a complicated task. With limited budgets, and the ever present need to ensure the school meets enrollment targets, finding inexpensive and effective ways of recruiting new families is essential. Join us for a webinar presented by a Principal who has found ways to effectively utilize social media to engage and …

Enrolling for Next Year: Marketing, Lottery, Etc.

  • Presentor: Curtis Fuller & Adam Miller
  • Date: February 7, 2013 10:00 am
  • Description: Just when you feel your finally starting to get a handle on this school year, it’s time to realize that next year is only six months away, and the recruitment, marketing and planning for next year needs your attention. This presentation will focus on some key ideas to remember when marketing your charter school, cover …

Ensure Long-Term Success Through Succession Planning

  • Presentor: Jacob Mnookin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Coney Island Prep
  • Date: September 19, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: To ensure the long-term success of your school, it is critical to navigate leadership transitions effectively. Schools can proactively prepare for both planned and unplanned transitions in order to ensure that your school can continue to achieve success during these potentially challenging times. This webinar will walk participants through a succession readiness checklist, and help …

ERate – What is it and how can it benefit my school?

  • Presentor: Sam Chawkat
  • Date: December 13, 2012 10:00 am
  • Description: ERate is a federal program operated by the Universal Service Administration Company. ERate provides funding to schools and libraries throughout the country for telecommunication services. This includes telephone and internet services, as well as possibly the infrastructure behind providing those services. Schools must apply to receive funds, and open a public bid for the services …

ERate and Educational Technology

  • Presentor: Dae Yi, Vice-President of Business Development with Dynamic Network Solutions
  • Date: December 16, 2014 10:00 am
  • Description:

ESE 101

  • Presentor: Christy Noe, Kim Komisar, and Mollye Kiss of Collaborative Educational Network, LLC
  • Date: April 10, 2014 10:00 am
  • Description: This webinar focused on the charter school’s responsibilities for accommodating the needs of ESE students, as well as how to work effectively with your School District to ensure compliance.

ESE Implementation: School and District Collaboration

  • Presentor: Christy Noe & Kim Komisare
  • Date: February 5, 2015 10:00 am
  • Description: A collaborative relationship between charter school and district is key to ensuring quality services for exceptional students. Understanding the roles, responsibilities and resources available will help the school and the district meet the needs of all students. This webinar will be particularly beneficial to charter school administrators, board members and ESE teachers.

ESE Inclusionary Practices

  • Presentor: Dr. M. Tricia Phlllip-Magee
  • Date: December 3, 2015 10:00 am
  • Description: Interested in making your school more inclusive? Charter schools are committed to providing exceptional public education. In line with a commitment to set high expectation for students, charter school operators must ensure that schools are not just accessible, but successful in providing equitable outcome and meaningful participation for all students including those with learning disabilities. …

ESE Service Delivery Models

  • Presentor: Christy Noe & Kim Komisare
  • Date: March 5, 2015 10:00 am
  • Description: A single type of service or service delivery can’t be expected to adequately meet the needs of all the exceptional students in your school. Understanding when more intensive or different instruction is needed, and how to provide it, will help ensure quality services. Issues of contracted providers were discussed in this webinar and is particularly …

Federal and State Tax Compliance Issues

  • Presentor: Michael Batts & Michele Wales
  • Date: March 6, 2014 10:00 am
  • Description: Here in Florida, charter schools must be organized as or operated by a nonprofit organization, generally classified as a 501(c)(3) school by the Internal Revenue Service and the Florida Department of Revenue. This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the requirements for qualification as a 501(c)(3) school, including ongoing compliance requirements to maintain …

Fighting Founders Syndrome

  • Presentor: Ms. Debbie Lister Chief Governance and Program Operations Officer with Charter Board Partners
  • Date: March 14, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: Your school is achieving success with a strong founding leader — hurray! But, is your board prepared for the inevitable moment of leader transition? Are you confident that the outcomes you have achieved will survive the baton pass? Great boards maintain a laser focus on the future and sustaining success. Join us as we discuss …

Finding and Planning for Facilities

  • Presentor: Richard Moreno
  • Date: February 28, 2013 10:00 am
  • Description: Facilities is one of the most common difficulties faced by new charter schools. The facilities most charters are able to secure to get their school started may not be the ideal situation to support their future plans. This presentation will talk about the importance of strategically thinking about the future, and then planning to make …

Finding staff with

  • Presentor: Dave Pfisterer
  • Date: December 5, 2013 10:00 am
  • Description: is contracted by the FLDOE to provide its service/website for FREE to all Florida Charter Schools. With currently more than 30,000 certified, Florida-resident, Florida-certified educators in the resume database, their service is the largest Florida online K-12 educator recruitment service in the United States. This is an essential tool for recruiting and managing …

Finding The Upside of Risk

  • Presentor: Shane Wingo (Lead Employee Benefits Consultant), and Clint Rhoton (Educational Market Consultant), Lanier Upshaw
  • Date: January 24, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: This webinar will provide a broad overview of how insurance affects the specific needs of charter schools. The presentation will range from general liability insurance policies to employee health insurance policies, and how you can use your insurance policies to better protect your organization and employees. Insurance not only can protect financial resources but also …

Firing an employee – Make sure you cross your “T”s and dot your “i”s

  • Presentor: Lindsay Oyewale of de Beaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal, LLP
  • Date: February 16, 2017 10:00 am
  • Description: Charter Schools have the option to be a public or private employer. Florida is an at-will employment state. Many people believe that this means you can just terminate an employee when necessary. While this is true, terminating an employee does open the school up to potential lawsuits. Therefore it is important for schools to ensure …

FLDOE Disciplinary Action Search and Mandatory Hiring Practices

  • Presentor: Marian Lambeth, who is the Chief of Professional Practices Services with the Florida Department of Education
  • Date: September 27, 2018 10:00 am
  • Description: Hiring employees is a critical task for school administrators. Not only do you need to focus on hiring the best and brightest candidates, but you also need to be focused on statutory requirements regarding vetting of new hires. In addition to the criminal history background and reference checks, charter schools must check the Bureau of …

Florida Charter School Evaluation Site

  • Presentor: Molly Reynolds, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Date: January 22, 2015 10:00 am
  • Description: This webinar provided an overview of the Florida Charter School Evaluation Site. The training site is intended to sustain the onsite teacher and principal evaluation training funded by the Department of Education and delivered by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/The Leadership and Learning Center throughout 2013. The resources provided on the site will help users understand and …

Florida Parent Network

  • Presentor: Ms. Catherine Durkin Robinson, Executive Director of the Florida Parent Network
  • Date: November 30, 2017 10:00 am
  • Description: In Florida, the number of parents who choose charter schools continues to grow. They love their children and are the most effective advocates for educational choice. This webinar will focus on how to grow a community of moms and dads who advocate for better regulations and provide grassroots support for lawmakers who champion their right …

Florida’s Single Sign On

  • Presentor: Andrea Latham, FDOE's Single Sign On Office
  • Date: November 13, 2014 10:00 am
  • Description: The Department of Education has many resources and services available. In order to simplify logging into these multiple services, the state has developed the “Single Sign-On” (SSO) Portal. This SSO allows one username and password to access numerous resources available. This presentation will discuss the SSO and how to utilize it as a charter school. …

From Here to Facility: Overview of Constructing a Charter School Facility

  • Presentor: Adam Miller, SVP of Strategic Partnerships at edTec, Inc. , Will Robinson from Capital Impact Partners, Jennifer Afdahl-Rice from Pacific Charter School Development
  • Date: May 7, 2019 1:00 pm
  • Description: “A school is a building with four walls – with tomorrow inside.” This informative webinar will guide you in the multi-year process of planning and constructing your dream school building that will empower you to best teach the leaders of tomorrow. We will discuss creating a realistic timeline and plan of attack for constructing and …

FTE Class Size Information

  • Presentor: Kendra Janke, Chris Sanchez and Lee Davis from the Florida Department of Education
  • Date: September 4, 2014 10:00 am
  • Description: This webinar will review recent Class Size data; steps for calculating Class Size; discuss best practices for accurately reporting Class Size data; provide an overview of the Class Size appeals process; and discuss the reduction calculations to the Class Size Operating Categorical.

FTE Re-Calibration

  • Presentor: Kendra Jahnke, Chris Sanchez
  • Date: June 20, 2014 10:00 am
  • Description: Starting with the 2013-14 school year, FTE payments are recalibrated at the state level so that no student is paid for being more than one full time student. Student FTE reported by more than one district is recalibrated and shared by both districts. This free webinar will be presented by Kendra Jahnke and Chris Sanchez …

Getting FTE Correct and Preparing for an FEFP Audit

  • Presentor: Dr. Andy Binns, Chairman of Palm Beach Maritime Academy
  • Date: January 25, 2018 10:00 am
  • Description: This presentation will review the state reporting requirements addressing FTE reporting and steps to be taken to prepare for state FEFP audits. The presentation will review the specific components that are required to report students for funding under the FEFP. The webinar will also address some of the differences between the October and February surveys, …

Getting Started on the Road To Accreditation

  • Presentor: Veronica Harts, AdvancED
  • Date: January 14, 2016 10:00 am
  • Description: School accreditation is designed to help educational institutions boost their ongoing performance efforts as they challenge and inspire their students and the communities they serve. This presentation will inform attendees about the accreditation process and protocols. Attendees will be given an opportunity to interact with the standards. The presentation will explain how to begin the …

Gifted Education for Charter Schools

  • Presentor: Kathleen Casper
  • Date: April 14, 2016 10:00 am
  • Description: Florida defines gifted students as students who have superior intellectual development and are capable of high performance. While charter schools are required to address their plans for gifted education in their charter application, many schools find that actually implementing an effective gifted program can be complicated. Join us for this webinar presented by the a …

Google Apps for Education – A powerful free services for schools

  • Presentor: Dae Yi, Vice President of Business Development for DNS Solutions
  • Date: April 23, 2015 10:00 am
  • Description: Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is a free version of the Google Apps suite which typically costs business users $60 per user per year which is offered to schools and non profit organizations. The tool provides a free-cloud based email solution along with powerful collaborative tools for creating documents, websites, and more. The service is …

Governance in the Sunshine

  • Presentor: Kathleen Schoenberg
  • Date: November 1, 2012 10:00 am
  • Description: As a charter school, your Governing Board is a public entity, and subject to all of the rules and regulations of the “Government in the Sunshine” act in Florida Statutes. Understanding these rules is essential to ensure you have a properly operating Board. This presentation will highlight some of the key requirements of Government in …

Governing Board Resources Presentation

  • Presentor: Curtis Fuller, Director of Charter School Operations
  • Date: February 12, 2015 10:00 am
  • Description: The CSU has developed a presentation geared towards charter school governing boards. The goal of this presentation is to open a dialogue among the board about the role of governance at the school, and to provide the Board with answers to questions they may have regarding charter schools in Florida. This webinar will share some …

Government in the Sunshine – Part 1

  • Presentor: Melissa Gross-Arnold and Shawn Arnold of the Arnold Law Firm
  • Date: October 22, 2015 10:00 am
  • Description: Florida Charter Schools are required to comply with the state’s complex Government in the Sunshine requirements. The current Government in the Sunshine manual is 326 pages long, and contains numerous requirements that public entities must comply with. This two-part webinar presented by Melissa Gross-Arnold and Shawn Arnold of the Arnold Law Firm will cover some …

Government in the Sunshine – Part 2

  • Presentor: Melissa Gross-Arnold and Shawn Arnold of the Arnold Law Firm
  • Date: October 29, 2015 12:00 am
  • Description: Florida Charter Schools are required to comply with the state’s complex Government in the Sunshine requirements. The current Government in the Sunshine manual is 326 pages long, and contains numerous requirements that public entities must comply with. This two-part webinar presented by Melissa Gross-Arnold and Shawn Arnold of the Arnold Law Firm will cover some …

High Expectations = Positive School Culture: Strategies for Success

  • Presentor: Sherry Watts and Kimberly Dison of Minneola Elementary Charter School
  • Date: December 7, 2017 12:00 am
  • Description: With the many demands on educators, setting high expectations AND maintaining a positive school culture is a challenge for any school. By participating High Expectations = Positive School Culture: Strategies for Successin this webinar, attendees will hear how one school tackled declining student achievement and a negative school culture, turning it around to build a …

How a lender looks at a charter school

  • Presentor: Adam Miller of EdTec, Inc and Will Robison of Capital Impact Partners
  • Date: February 25, 2016 10:00 am
  • Description: Parents entrust their children’s education to you… and many charters face difficulty with building their dream facility. In order to make it a reality, schools need a lender willing to invest millions of dollars into the school. During this webinar, the presenters will review actual charter school budgets from a lender’s perspective to identify what …

How Engaging Staff Can Be the Gamechanger for Spending Waste

  • Presentor: Brent Lomas and Jason Isaacs of ProcureK12
  • Date: October 11, 2018 10:00 am
  • Description: Spending waste is a top concern for K12 leaders, and especially at charter schools where funding is so limited. Charter schools can not afford to waste funds and resources on inefficiencies. Join us for a webinar presented by Brent Lomas and Jason Isaacs of ProcureK12 to learn more about how schools can build systems to …

How to Effectively Create a Professional Development Plan Using the Teacher Evaluation

  • Presentor: Raul Baez
  • Date: January 12, 2017 10:00 am
  • Description: Educators often talk about building life-long learners in our students. Equally importantly for charter school leaders is facilitating a process to make your staff members life long learners as well. This webinar will focus on providing an interactive process between those who are evaluated, the evaluators, and the coaches in order to develop realistic professional …

IEP Development and Implementation

  • Presentor: Mary Ahearn and Pam Connolly, FDLRS
  • Date: March 19, 2015 12:00 am
  • Description: IEP Development and Implementation – The Individual Education Plan (IEP) is the cornerstone for the education of a child with a disability. It identifies a child’s unique needs and defines the goals and objectives that guide the delivery of a quality education. This webinar will help school leaders and teachers better understand the elements that make …

Implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

  • Presentor: Catherine Raulerson of the Florida Inclusive Communities
  • Date: February 1, 2018 10:00 am
  • Description: Most school staff are familiar with the process of using MTSS to support students who are academically struggling, but the concept is also important when it comes to behavioral supports in school as well. PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) is a system used to support students who may be exhibiting difficult behaviors. This webinar …

Improving Your School Climate: A Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Approach

  • Presentor: Ms. Kelly Henson from the Department of Child and Family Studies of the University of South Florida, as well as with the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities at USF.
  • Date: March 7, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: Improving your school climate can lead to an increase in school achievement and better staff retention. In this webinar, we will provide information to support your school climate improvement efforts through the use of data collection tools and data-based decision making. We will share how schools can use their school climate data to problem solve …

Introducing the Budget Template Tool

  • Presentor: Curtis Fuller
  • Date: May 16, 2013 12:00 am
  • Description: The CSU has developed a comprehensive budget template tool which provides users with a question/answer format which automatically takes the answers and develops a comprehensive charter school budget based on the function and object codes outlined the Florida RedBo

Introducing the CSU

  • Presentor:
  • Date: August 30, 2012 12:00 am
  • Description: The Charter Support Unit presented the introduction to the CSU presentation below on August 30, 2012. If you are having difficulty viewing the embedded version, you can access the presentation directly by clicking here. You may also download a PDF version of the presentation by clicking here.  Unfortunately, this particular webinar was not recorded, so …

Introduction to the Charter Support Unit

  • Presentor: Curtis Fuller
  • Date: October 22, 2013 10:00 am
  • Description: The Charter Support Unit was recently renewed for a second year to provide assistance to charter schools through their first contract renewal. This webinar will provide basic information about the background and services offered by the CSU as well as answer any questions participants may have. We also will be open to accepting any suggestions …

It’s Not Just A Facebook Page, It’s a Communication Plan

  • Presentor: Shaina Cook and Nicole Wilkins of Collaborative Communications
  • Date: November 9, 2017 10:00 am
  • Description: Running a charter school requires not only providing a top-notch educational program, but also effectively communicating with the school’s stakeholders. This engaging webinar will provide a social media boot camp to learn how to make your school’s internal and external communications efforts more thoughtful, strategic, and deliberate. Discover how to create a core statement about …

Item Bank and Testing Platform

  • Presentor: Sally Sanders, Project Manager with the FDOE
  • Date: October 30, 2014 12:00 am
  • Description: The Office of Race to the Top Assessments with the Florida Department of Education has developed the Florida Item Bank and Test Platform (IBTP); a dynamic resource that allows teachers, schools, and districts to build and administer high quality, standards- based, engaging assessments for diagnostic, interim, or summative purposes. This presentation will provide an overview …

Key Focus Areas of High Performing Schools

  • Presentor: Debra Berlin & Lisa Fraize
  • Date: January 26, 2017 12:00 am
  • Description: Charter School leaders are challenged with many demands, and often too little time to accomplish them. With the rigorous demands of the Florida Standards, being able to effectively establish priorities is essential to successfully leading a school. This webinar will present specific focus areas that leaders should center on to improve student achievement and the …

Keys to Effective Fundraising

  • Presentor: Jane Watt, Chairperson of Marco Island Academy
  • Date: October 8, 2015 10:00 am
  • Description: Many charter schools throughout the State need to raise funds to help support their program, especially newer schools. Many board members and school leaders do not have the knowledge or experience to run a successful fundraising campaign. However, by following a few simple steps, any school can launch a successful fundraising campaign. As the chairperson …

KidSmartz and NetSmartz safety resources

  • Presentor: Jilian Eltzroth, Outreach Coordinator, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Date: August 13, 2019 1:00 pm
  • Description: How do you talk to your students about internet safety, and personal safety? Learn about the resources from The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and how they can help you prepare students for the many things they come across online and in real life. KidSmartz and NetSmartz are free programs that give you …

Know Your Charter Contract

  • Presentor: Melissa Gross-Arnold
  • Date: December 4, 2014 12:00 am
  • Description: For Charter Schools fully understanding the charter contract is essential. The contract defines the relationship between the district and the school, and the requirements the school must abide by. When charter school leaders reach out for help, usually the first question asked is “what does your contract say?” This presentation hosted by a respected charter …

Leading a Robust Mentor Program

  • Presentor: Mr. Greg Winkler from Florida Southwestern Collegiate High School
  • Date: March 8, 2018 10:00 am
  • Description: How do you provide more leadership opportunities for you students? What is the best way to acclimate incoming new students to your school environment? Is there a quicker way for students to get to know their peers, develop new friendships, and get excited about the school year, especially in a school choice atmosphere or environment? …

Legal Priorities for New Charter Schools

  • Presentor: Mr. Daniel Woodring
  • Date: February 6, 2014 7:00 pm
  • Description: This presentation was for people or groups who are thinking about submitting a charter application. Mr. Woodring discusses the process and common legal priorities that charter applicants should be aware of as they work to develop their charter application to start a new school.

Legal Update on Charter School Law

  • Presentor: Daniel Woodring of the Woodring Law Firm
  • Date: November 1, 2018 10:00 am
  • Description: Each year Attorney Daniel Woodring of the Woodring Law Firm presents one of the most popular sessions at the Florida Charter School Conference regarding legal updates and changes to charter school law and related cases. Mr. Woodring will provide his 2018 presentation during this free webinar. The webinar will focus primarily on updates and issues …

Legislative Updates

  • Presentor: Adam Miller
  • Date: June 20, 2013 12:00 am
  • Description: The 2013 Legislature passed several bills that include numerous changes that charter schools operators need to be aware of. These include changes related to the application process, contract negotiations, financial statements, closure protocols, and the distribution of federal funds. Join us for this informative webinar where we will highlight the legislative changes you need to …

Look Twice Before You Leap: The Essential Art and Science of Charter School Site Selection

  • Presentor: Rob Nickell of BB&T Capital Markets, Will Haynes of Colliers International & Joel Brice of Consilium School Finance Group
  • Date: September 10, 2019 1:13 pm
  • Description: Whether you are looking to bring your educational model to new markets, or are pioneering a brand new charter organization, site selection will be one of the most important decisions you make in opening a new campus. Being proactive in the selection process will save you many headaches down the road as you work to …

Maximum Tech, Minimum Fuss

  • Presentor: Richard Brummer
  • Date: March 10, 2016 10:00 am
  • Description: The best edtech-tools are time-efficient and propel learning into interactive experiences filled with active participation, creation, collaboration, and reflection. Join Richard Brummer, Technology Coordinator at Ben Gamla Palm Beach Charter School, for a hands-on and engaging webinar that will model some of very best “must-have” tech-tools, which can be actioned for maximum effect with the …

Meeting the Needs of Exceptional Students Through School-Wide PBIS

  • Presentor: Betsy Lazega and Laura Kern of the Florida Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Project (FL-PBIS)
  • Date: January 17, 2019 1:00 pm
  • Description: Positive Behavior Intervention Supports provides a way of meeting the needs of all students at a school through a Tier-1 approach to supporting students. This presentation will briefly review the laws related to special education and how PBIS can play a role in meeting those requirements. The webinar will also share how to obtain in-depth …

Mind The Message: What Message Is Your School Sending?

  • Presentor: Ms. Sherry Watts (Principal and CEO), and Kim Dison (Assistant Principal), Minneola Charter School in Lake County
  • Date: May 14, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: Until recently, a school did not have to concern itself with a marketing campaign or marketing budget. However, as school choice comes into play and families have more options available to them, school marketing is becoming more common. Most schools do not have a marketing budget to draw from. So, what exactly can schools do …

Mindfulness Techniques

  • Presentor: Kyrah Altman, President of LEAD (Let's Empower Advocate and Do)
  • Date: August 22, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: Rooted in Buddhist meditation techniques, mindfulness is a grounding and compassionate self-help approach and healing practice. This workshop will (1) describe how mindfulness can be used to promote awareness of thought and acceptance of feeling, (2) empower educators to incorporate mindfulness into their classroom and home activities, and (3) connect educators with additional resources, such …

Multi-Hazard Planning for Schools

  • Presentor: Princess Ousley
  • Date: April 25, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: This course covers basic information about developing, implementing, and maintaining a school emergency operations plan (EOP). The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the importance of schools having an EOP and basic information on how an EOP is developed, exercised, and maintained. The topics addressed in this course include: …

Negotiating a Facilities Lease for Charter Schools

  • Presentor: Jeff Wood
  • Date: March 23, 2017 12:00 am
  • Description: The two largest expenses charter schools face are typically employees and facilities. Negotiating a favorable lease is essential to not only ensuring that the school is paying an appropriate amount for their space, but also to be sure they are protected into the future and can use the space for the wide variety of activities …

New Salary Schedule Requirements

  • Presentor: Jeff Wood & Curtis Fuller
  • Date: May 29, 2014 12:00 am
  • Description: Florida Statute 1012.22 requires that schools develop a performance salary schedule by July 1, 2014. Charter Schools are not exempt from this new requirement. This presentation will review the legal requirements, and share a potential template that schools may wish to consider for developing their new performance salary schedule. The presentation will be given by …

New Schools Check List Webinar

  • Presentor: Curtis Fuller
  • Date: July 24, 2014 12:00 am
  • Description: Getting organized with a “To Do” checklist. There’s a lot to do before you open the doors of your new school. Make sure you’re prepared by going through a simple check list that will ensure you the best possible start.

New State Financial Reporting Template

  • Presentor: Richard Moreno, Ken Smith and Curtis Fuller
  • Date: November 13, 2013 10:00 am
  • Description: In October the State Board of Education approved an amendment to Rule 6A-1.0081 regarding Monthly Financial Statements and Financial Conditions for charter schools. This presentation will give a brief description of the rule, and demonstrate how to get the information for the new model reports from Quickbooks. Updates to the charter school statutes last year …

Parents and Charter Schools

  • Presentor: Henry Rose, Chair of Parents for Charter Schools
  • Date: January 9, 2014 10:00 am
  • Description: Parents and Charter Schools: Achieving Excellence through Innovation. A key component for a successful charter school is parental participation and looking to innovative ways your school can achieve a level of excellence.

Payroll Math and Salary Schedules

  • Presentor: Curtis Fuller, Director of Charter School Operations
  • Date: March 21, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: As we prepare to make plans for next school year, it is time to start considering salaries. Florida statute requires charter schools to have a performance-based salary schedule. What does this mean? How do we calculate salaries for employees next year, and ensure we are retaining our best staff? Also, for those teachers who are …

Planning for Professional Development

  • Presentor: Dr. Tim Kitts, Bay Haven Charter Academy
  • Date: February 4, 2016 12:00 am
  • Description: Most schools claim that they want to create life-long learners of their students. If this is your goal, professional development should be an essential component of your program so that our teachers are demonstrating life-long learning. Dr. Tim Kitts, Chief Education Officer of Bay Haven Academy will present this webinar about how to ensure professional …

Preparing for and running student lotteries

  • Presentor: Jeff Wood, May, Meacham & Davell, PA
  • Date: February 24, 2016 12:00 am
  • Description: Charter Schools are required to ensure that all applicants shall have an equal chance of being admitted through a random selection process. What exactly is required for the lottery process? The presentation will focus on those legal requirements and compliance that charter schools should be aware of. It will also address Florida based preferences, written …

Preparing for Survey Two – Ensuring Your School Is Funded

  • Presentor: Ms, Kendra Jahnke of the Department of Education’s Bureau of PK-12 Education Information Services
  • Date: September 28, 2015 10:00 am
  • Description: The Florida Educational Finance Program provides funds to public schools, including charter schools. The funding is based on the data reported during the state reporting weeks. The first reporting week is quickly approaching falling on October 12-16 this year. It is essential that charter schools carefully ensure all data is entered and reported correctly in …

Preparing for your Audit

  • Presentor: Regino Rodriguez (HLP Gravier, LLP) and Richard Moreno (Charter School Services Corporation)
  • Date: March 21, 2013 10:00 am
  • Description: Florida statutes contain several requirements for Charter Schools when it comes to conducting an annual audit. The laws state not only that an audit must be conducted by have specific requirements about how that auditor must be selected. This presntation will walk you through the process of selecting an auditor ranging from the bid process …

Professional Learning Communities are Key to Raising Student Academic Achievement

  • Presentor: Alexandra Penn, the Learning Design Coach for Pasco County Schools
  • Date: October 25, 2018 10:00 am
  • Description: Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) provide schools with a cohesive structure to analyze data and sure continuous growth among staff. This webinar will focus on the role of PLCs as they relate to data-driven instruction and the implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI). Roles, norms, and methodologies for effective PLC meetings will be clearly defined. Participants …

Protecting Your School from Ever-changing Ransomware Threats

  • Presentor: Mr. Sam Chawkat, the Chief Operations Officer of Dynamic Network Solutions
  • Date: December 6, 2018 10:00 am
  • Description: While IT Security may not be your area of expertise, it is something that you as a school leader needs to be aware of and pay attention to. Ransomware attacks are computer programs which will lock all of your computer data and only give you access them if you pay a ransom to a bad …

Public Records Laws

  • Presentor: Daniel Mantzaris of de Beaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal, LLP
  • Date: March 17, 2016 10:00 am
  • Description: Charter schools are subject to Florida’s Public Records Laws. Almost any document the school creates from financial reports, to emails to payroll reports are subject to public records requests. Join us for this presentation presented by Daniel Mantzaris of de Beaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal, LLP which will cover the definition of public records, …

Public Records Laws

  • Presentor: Daniel Mantzaris
  • Date: March 2, 2017 10:00 am
  • Description: Charter schools are subject to Florida’s Public Records Laws. Almost any document the school creates from financial reports, to emails to payroll reports are subject to public records requests. Join us for this presentation presented by Daniel Mantzaris of de Beaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal, LLP which will cover the definition of public records, …

Record Management Compliance and Going Paperless

  • Presentor: Deborah Allen, CEO Image Systems, Charles Oesterle, CEO Image Systems
  • Date: February 14, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: The value to staff of having necessary records at their fingertips is immeasurable. Electronic documents provide secure instant access for staff to be able to do the job they were hired to do, eliminating the hurdles of paper documents. This webinar will discuss the advantages of becoming a “”paperless office”” that allows you to do …

Restorative Practice: Breaking the Out-of-School Suspension Cycle through Restorative Circles

  • Presentor: Sue Jamback
  • Date: November 17, 2016 12:00 am
  • Description: Developing a comprehensive behavioral plan for a charter school is essential to ensure smooth operations. This presentation will look specifically discuss how to lead “Restorative Circles”. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the need to reach and teach ALL students by pulling them in (Restorative Approach) rather than pushing them out (Out of school …

Roadmap for Successful Technology Implementation in New & Growing Schools

  • Presentor: Michael Hendrick, mindSHIFT
  • Date: February 15, 2018 12:00 am
  • Description: Having a well-defined IT roadmap is critical to ensuring your charter schools are using technology strategically. Technology is evolving daily and charter schools must innovate in order to stay ahead of the curve in the classroom. When charter schools technology infrastructure begins to lag, it can hinder the learning environment. Defining an IT roadmap helps …

School Safety

  • Presentor: Curtis S. Lavarello, Executive Director of the School Safety Advocacy Council
  • Date: January 15, 2015 10:00 am
  • Description: The presentation focused on the connection between educational success for students and the school safety climate. The presenter focused on emergency planning and the types of plans schools should have in place to address potential crisis situations. The webinar also focused on providing attendees information on best practices as they relate to providing a safe …

Section 504: 21 Myths and Realities

  • Presentor: Liliana Salazar, the National Director of Special Education and Student Support for Academica
  • Date: November 29, 2018 10:00 am
  • Description: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is perhaps the most misunderstood law applicable to the education of students with special needs. Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. Specifically, …

Spotlight: Athenian Academy Charter School

  • Presentor: Principal Kathy Manrique
  • Date: November 5, 2015 12:00 am
  • Description: Athenian Academy Charter School opened in 2000, and has just started their 16th year educating students in Pinellas County, and have opened in a brand new facility this year. When it opened, the school was first Greek immersion charter in the United States. Today, Athenian Academy’s curriculum has evolved into dual foreign languages including both …

Spotlight: Bay Haven Charter Academy

  • Presentor: Dr. Tim Kitts, Chief Education Officer
  • Date: August 27, 2015 12:00 am
  • Description: Bay Haven Charter Academy opened in 2001 with just over 200 students and has grown into a network of schools serving nearly 3,000 students, receiving almost exclusively “A” grades from the state grading system each year for every school.  The school credits it’s success to building their school on philosophical constructs based on best practice, …

Spotlight: Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School

  • Presentor: Kristine Bennett, Principal
  • Date: August 6, 2015 12:00 am
  • Description: Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School is a public charter school opened in 2007. Founded by Pro Football Hall of Fame Bucs Linebacker Derrick Brooks and the Edward J. DeBartolo Family, the school has always been focused on the goal of providing a high quality collegiate educational program to its students. The school uses a variety …

Spotlight: Gulf Coast Academy of Science and Technology

  • Presentor: Joseph Gatti, Director: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Date: June 18, 2015 12:00 am
  • Description: Gulf Coast Academy of Science and Technology is a public charter school that opened in 2003. The school has been awarded an “A” by the State’s school grading system for the last 11 years. The school’s mission is to provide a unique education through weekly field experiences integrated with a hands-on advanced middle school curriculum. …

Spotlight: River City Science Academy

  • Presentor: Principal Ozan Sipahioglu
  • Date: January 7, 2016 12:00 am
  • Description: River City Science Academy is a public charter school that opened in 2007 with the focus on providing best-in-class STEM education to students in Duval County. The school is committed to graduating every student college ready through the variety of educational programs they offer at the school. The school’s mission is “To instill a love …

Spotlight: Sigsbee Charter School / Place Based Education

  • Presentor: Eli Jannes, Principal
  • Date: June 16, 2016 12:00 am
  • Description: Sigsbee Charter School is a public charter school located on the Naval Air Station Key West (NASKW). Sigsbee is one of only a handful of charter schools in the United States located on and focused on servicing children of military families in grade k-8. The school is a model not only with regards to being …

Spotlight: St. Petersburg Collegiate High School

  • Presentor: Principal Starla Metz
  • Date: October 15, 2015 12:00 am
  • Description: St. Petersburg Collegiate High School has just opened their doors for their twelfth year. The school offers high school students the opportunity to graduate with both a high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree from St. Petersburg College. Their vision is to cultivate motivated learners, develop critical thinkers and empower visionary leaders. In order to …

Standards for Effective Charter School Governance

  • Presentor: Debbie Lister
  • Date: February 9, 2017 12:00 am
  • Description: While a great board is not the only ingredient for success, it is essential to the recipe, great schools need great boards. This webinar will represent the best thinking of charter school leaders, governance experts, researchers, and practitioners on the most important responsibilities of charter school boards. Participants will learn the foundations of governance for …

Strategic Planning 101

  • Presentor: Mark Cannon, Greater Capacity
  • Date: October 23, 2014 12:00 am
  • Description: Unless you know where you are going, you’ll never know if you’ve arrived. Strategic Planning is the process of envisioning where you want to be as an organization, and building action steps to get there. As each charter school matures, strategic planning helps you break out of just the day-to-day focus of the early operational …

Supporting the Governing Board as an Administrator

  • Presentor: Curtis Fuller
  • Date: May 7, 2015 12:00 am
  • Description: A charter school administrator serves not only the traditional educational leadership role, but also the role of a CEO of a non-profit organization. This often means coordinating the activities of, and interacting with, the Governing Board. While this is an essential part of the responsibilities, it is not something traditionally covered in educational leadership programs. …

Technology Readiness: Making Sure Your School’s Technology Meets Expectations

  • Presentor: Mr. Sam Chawkat, the Chief Operations Officer of Dynamic Network Solutions
  • Date: May 9, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: From new schools getting the campus set up to schools looking to expand upon their technology infrastructure, school leaders need to have a basic understanding of the requirements they will face. This ranges from bandwidth requirements for your teachers using instructional materials, to the technology necessary to ensure smooth online testing for student assessment. This …

The Budget Process and Best Practices

  • Presentor: Ms. Alina Chester, the Budget Director for Academica
  • Date: February 21, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: As we enter into spring, Charter Schools should not be focused only on the upcoming state assessments, but also starting the budgeting process for next year. Consider joining us for an informative webinar presented by Ms. Alina Chester, the Budget Director for Academica who will present tips and best practices for the budgeting process. The …

The Importance of Data Reporting to Ensure Full FTE Funding

  • Presentor: Andrew Binns, Ed.D.
  • Date: September 20, 2012 10:00 am
  • Description: The Florida Educational Finance Program provides funds to public schools, including charter schools.  The funding is based on the data reported during the state reporting weeks.  The first of which is October 8-12 this year.  Ensuring you have the data entered properly is essential to ensuring you receive all of the funds you are entitled to.  Even if you have the students in the …

The Intersection of Board Governance & Finance: What Every Board Member Should Know

  • Presentor: Greg McKenna (Managing Director, BB&T Capital Markets), Melissa Gross-Arnold (Partner, Arnold Law Firm), and Richard Moreno (Senior Vice President, Building Hope)
  • Date: February 28, 2019 10:00 am
  • Description: This webinar will not be your average facilities financing discussion. This presentation will provide some of the best board governance practices, coupled with relevant financial metrics and concepts to proficiently guide their school. This presentation will be beneficial for both Governing Board Members as well as the administrators who support them. The webinar will be …

The Life Cycle of Charter School Financing

  • Presentor: Greg McKenna & Richard Moreno
  • Date: December 1, 2016 12:00 am
  • Description: Charters have been operating for over 20 years, and access to facilities is still one of the biggest challenges charter schools face. As the charter school market has grown, Financing Options have grown as well and now charter schools have more than a few options to consider. This session will discuss the various options available …

The RIGHT way to hire

  • Presentor: Tracy Nessl & Jeremy Westbrooks
  • Date: April 11, 2013 10:00 am
  • Description: Now is the time to start recruiting, interviewing and offering positions to your teachers if you have not already done so. During this presentation we will talk about some free tools to charter schools to recruit staff, processes to organize the applications you have received and some legal potholes to avoid when you start hiring …

The Road from Leasing to Owning – Charter School Facilities

  • Presentor: Greg McKenna, BB&T and Richard Moreno, Building Hope
  • Date: February 22, 2018 12:00 am
  • Description: Finding a permanent home for a charter school is one of the most complicated tasks the school will face. Options abound for the facility itself and the financing of those facilities. This presentation will share the various options which are available for facilities and financing from one school’s experience moving from leasing, renovating existing buildings …

The Role of Insurance for Charter Schools

  • Presentor: Mark Grimmel & Frank Becker (EGIS Insurance & Risk Advisors)
  • Date: January 17, 2013 10:00 am
  • Description: Charter Schools face very unique exposures to risk on a daily basis. Ignorance of these exposures is not a valid legal defense. Understanding methods in which to minimize or ways to transfer risk is essential. Insurance is a practical option to providing a level of protection against financial loss for school operators, administrators, and employees. …

The Role of School Leadership in Influencing Student Outcomes

  • Presentor: Elliot Ransom, Co-CEO and Collette Walton, Co-Director, the Partnerships & Growth, 5Essentials & Cultivate at UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago
  • Date: September 20, 2018 10:00 am
  • Description: Does school leadership play a role in influencing classroom instruction, student learning and achievement? When school administrators and teacher leaders collaborate, can all students succeed? Research shows that effective leaders use teacher leadership to improve the school learning climate while they work directly on professional development and school program coherence. Using the 5Essentials framework, this …

The Secrets to Retention: How to Keep Your Most Effective Educators

  • Presentor: Jill Nyhus, Insight Education Group
  • Date: April 23, 2019 1:00 pm
  • Description: By retaining effective teachers, schools and CMOs can save thousands of dollars every year, maintain positive work environments, and possibly increase student achievement. In this session, participants will: learn how the most successful schools are being deliberate about retention; discuss the essential levers schools need in place to keep their most effective teachers; and self-reflect …

Tips for Effective Board Functioning

  • Presentor: Kathleen Schoenberg
  • Date: April 14, 2014 10:00 am
  • Description: An effective governing board is an essential component to a successful charter school. Operating the governing board efficiently is not an easy task. This presentation will cover a variety of important topics ranging from how to recruit and retain members, how to use committees to make meetings more efficient, and how to set agendas and …

Title I, Part A Basics

  • Presentor: Sonya Morris
  • Date: June 19, 2014 10:00 am
  • Description: How to ensure that all children have a fair and equal opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on State academic achievement standards and assessments. This free webinar will be presented by Sonya Morris- Chief of Federal Educational programs with the Department of Education.

Title IX Compliance

  • Presentor: Shawn Arnold
  • Date: February 20, 2014 10:00 am
  • Description: Understanding how each individual charter school that offers athletics must comply with Title IX and are evaluated on their own compliance without regard to services provided by the their school District. Unfortunately there were technical errors with the recording of the video from this webinar, as a result only the audio was recorded.

Transportation 101

  • Presentor: Karen O’Brien
  • Date: May 8, 2014 10:00 am
  • Description: Florida statutes requires that ” transportation is not a barrier to equal access for all students residing within a reasonable distance of the charter school.” This webinar will focus on what school leaders need to know before you select a transportation company for your school. This webinar was presented by Karen O’Brien of Assured Transportation.

Transportation Essentials

  • Presentor: Jamie Warrington, Florida Department of Education Transportation Office
  • Date: April 16, 2014 10:00 am
  • Description: Florida statute requires that: “The charter school and the sponsor shall cooperate in making arrangements that ensure that transportation is not a barrier to equal access for all students residing within a reasonable distance of the charter school…” Keeping students safe while getting them to and from school is essential, and numerous statutes speak to …

Trauma-Informed Teaching

  • Presentor: Kyrah Altman, President of LEAD (Let's Empower and Do)
  • Date: August 6, 2019 1:00 pm
  • Description: Working in a variety of school settings, it’s important to have an understanding of how to support students who have dealt with trauma. Trauma is the #1 risk factor for young people to develop a mental illness. This workshop will (1) define trauma as a normal reaction to an abnormal situation, (2) teach educators ways …

Turn Your Mission and Vision Statements into Clear Guiding Principles with a Colorful Graphic to Help Shape Your School Culture

  • Presentor: Dr. Michele Gill who is the founder of the Galileo Charter School in Sanford, and is also a Professor at UCF
  • Date: November 8, 2018 10:00 am
  • Description: A charter school’s mission and vision are essential decision-making tools to keep the school on track. They also play an important role in shaping a successful message for the school. This webinar will help school leaders to clearly align their school culture, planning, and decision-making with their school’s mission and vision statements in an interactive …

Understanding Your Required Financial Documents

  • Presentor: Bill Hunter and Christy Simmons from Hunter and Simmons, CPAs
  • Date: March 1, 2018 10:00 am
  • Description: Accounting and financial reporting for charter schools are complicated and often counter-intuitive. This webinar will focus on how to understand the basics of these financial reports. This presentation will be particularly beneficial for Governing Board members and new administrators who are unfamiliar with the accounting systems typically used by charter schools. The webinar will review …

Using the CSU Budget Template for Charter Applications

  • Presentor: Curtis Fuller, Director of the Charter Support Unit
  • Date: April 13, 2017 10:00 am
  • Description: The Charter Support Unit has developed a comprehensive budget template designed to help create a complete budget. Many groups writing charter applications have used the template to write new charter applications. This webinar will be presented to speak to groups using the template to write a charter application. The presentation will discuss the importance of …

We’re getting sued … what should we do?

  • Presentor: Amber Ashton
  • Date: December 15, 2016 10:00 am
  • Description: The unfortunate truth is that we live in a litigious society. As a not-for-profit corporation, charter schools are not exempt from lawsuits and should have a plan for how they respond if they are ever sued. When the school is served regarding a lawsuit, what exactly should the next steps be? What do school administrators …

We’ve Attained, Now Maintain- Strategies for Continued School Success

  • Presentor: Kimberly Dison
  • Date: December 8, 2016 10:00 am
  • Description: Once you get your school up and running, it is important to focus on developing systems to ensure you can maintain your success into the future. This presentation will provide step by step solutions and strategies to build and maintain academic school success. The presentation will include information on a low-performing school became a high-performing …

What Every Board Member Should Know About Special Education

  • Presentor: Lydia Carlis, eyemaginED
  • Date: August 27, 2019 1:00 pm
  • Description: It is a fundamental responsibility of a charter board to ensure that its school is serving all of its students well, including students with disabilities. For many board members, special education oversight and all of its accompanying legal, financial, instructional, and talent considerations is a daunting topic. Intimidating or not, board members must pay attention …

What is Rigor and How Do I Get It?

  • Presentor: Melissa Aguilar
  • Date: November 16, 2017 10:00 am
  • Description: Rigor is the most talked-about topic when discussing education and standards-based instruction and assessment. Most educators are still confused about what rigor is and what it looks like. This webinar will examine the idea using different models that demonstrate complexity, such as Marzano and Webb to help participants gain a better understanding of what rigor …

Winning Messages for School Choice

  • Presentor: Tommy Schultz, National Communications Director for the American Federation for Children
  • Date: August 20, 2019 1:00 pm
  • Description: What has the polling shown for the past five years when it comes to school choice? What are the key messages to winning and growing support for educational options? What does the landscape look like for the next five years? Hear from a polling expert and communications strategist, and then practice your pitch! Tommy Schultz, …

Working Effectively with EMO/CMOs

  • Presentor: Richard Moreno
  • Date: May 20, 2014 10:00 am
  • Description: This presentation will cover a variety of topics for schools who may already or who may be considering working with either an Educational Management Organization or a Charter Management Organization. Topics will include a variety of topics ranging from understanding your contract and pricing to how to ensure the operations are being handled appropriately.

You’ve heard of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: What do we do?

  • Presentor: Jillian Eltzroth
  • Date: March 26, 2019 1:00 pm
  • Description: The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization. Since 1984, NCMEC has served as the national clearinghouse and resource center for families, victims, private organizations, law enforcement, and the public on issues relating to missing …