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.
PANELS AND WORKSHOPS:
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
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.
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.