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New School Webinars and Trainings

Starting a charter public school is a mammoth undertaking that requires critical trainings along the way. The Colorado League of Charter Schools strongly encourages charter founding teams to attend as many trainings as they can, including Launching Your Charter School (below), Charter School Boot Camp (offered in collaboration with CDE each April) as well as viewing recorded webinars (links below). Visit our calendar of events often to learn about trainings that occur throughout the year and might be specific to your school’s needs.


The Startup Year: Strongly Recommended Professional Development

Schools have unique professional development needs at this stage. Please check our calendar of events and trainings and our vast webinar library (below) throughout your school development process.



Launching Your Charter School

Launching Your Charter School is a training for founding teams/governing boards of new charter schools (and hopeful new charter schools).and will artfully combine presentations with panels and workshops allowing attendees the opportunity to apply acquired information directly to the context of their school. The advice provided will help with design and execution of their implementation and/or business plan, guided by a specialist in each of the major areas of design and development.  There will also be customized, afternoon “office hours” with League staff and experts across critical areas of school startup.




Recruiting, Onboarding and Retaining a Strong School Leadership Team 

     Avoid Common HR Pitfalls in Hiring

     Recommended Screening and Interviewing Practices

     Using a Head of School Evaluation to Guide the Hiring Process

     Hiring and Beyond: Monitoring and Evaluating your Head of School


The Business Side of School Startup 

     Critical Back Office Systems and Information

     Navigate the Facilities Maze

     Need to Know Insurance Information

     Ready, Set, Shop - The Mass Purchasing Begins


If You Build It… 

     Student Recruitment Strategies

     Community Partnerships

     The Enrollment Process – What You Need to Know


CUSTOMIZED AFTERNOON OFFICE HOURS: Individual teams will meet with League and content experts to delve deeper around your school’s specific needs and circumstances. 

Recorded Webinars 

Below are links to a series of recorded webinars which cover a variety of topics related to starting a charter school. 


These webinars are free, and are designed for people who are in the process of developing a charter school application; however, anyone is welcome to view them. Each webinar focuses on an area of critical importance to groups in the process of designing a school and writing a charter application. Each webinar runs approximately an hour and a half. All you need is a computer and internet access to participate! Simply click on a link below when ready to view. 



New School Recorded Webinars (and Resources)

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Writing a Charter School Application (Webinar) Link Administration 8/12/2016
Writing a Charter School Application (Resources) ZIP (1.02 MB) Administration 10/26/2018
Alignment of Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction Link Administration 7/29/2014
Alignment of Curriculum, Assessment... (Resources) ZIP (2.25 MB) Administration 8/12/2016
Writing SMART Goals (Webinar) Link Administration 3/16/2017
Writing SMART Goals (Resources) ZIP (3.69 MB) Administration 5/3/2016
Overview of Relevant Education Laws (Webinar) Link Administration 3/16/2017
Overview of Relevant Education Laws (Resources) PPT (1.3 MB) Administration 10/26/2018
Developing a PM Plan (Webinar) Link Administration 3/16/2017
Developing a PM Plan (Resources) PPTX (3.02 MB) Administration 2/3/2016
Special Education and the RtI Process (Webinar) Link Administration 8/12/2016
Special Education and the RtI Process (Resources) PPTX (895.59 KB) Administration 10/26/2018
Governance 101 (Webinar) Link Administration 8/12/2016
Governance 101 (Resources) ZIP (2.29 MB) Administration 8/12/2016
New School Budgeting (Website) Link Administration 8/12/2016
New School Budgeting (Resources) ZIP (6.05 MB) Administration 10/26/2018
Charter School Facilities Overview (Webinar) Link Administration 3/16/2017
Charter School Facilities Overview (Resources) ZIP (1.73 MB) Administration 8/11/2016
Facilities Financing (Webinar) Link Administration 3/16/2017
Facilities Financing (Resources) PDF (1.06 MB) Administration 8/11/2016
Facilities Leasing & Tenant Issues (Webinar) Link Administration 3/16/2017
Facilities Leasing & Tenant Issues (Resources) PDF (61.54 KB) Administration 8/11/2016
Community Outreach and Marketing Your School Link Administration 7/29/2014
Community Outreach and Marketing... (Resources) ZIP (3.04 MB) Administration 8/12/2016
Revising Your App Based on Feedback (Webinar) Link Administration 3/16/2017
Revising Your App Based on Feedback (Resources) ZIP (7.51 MB) Administration 8/11/2016
Negotiating a Charter Contract (Webinar) Link Administration 3/16/2017
Negotiating a Charter Contract (Resources) PPTX (596.55 KB) Administration 4/11/2016
Employment Issues/Hiring a Leader (Webinar) Link Administration 8/12/2016
Employment Issues/Hiring a Leader (Resources) PPTX (114.13 KB) Administration 10/26/2018
Contracting for Business Services (Webinar) Link Administration 8/12/2016
Contracting for Business Services (Resources) PPTX (1.18 MB) Administration 10/26/2018