Free Professional Development Opportunity for Charter School Leaders

Community Engagement –
From Pre-Application through Opening

Tuesday, February 16 • 1:00 PM (EST)
Presented by: Sara Asmussen & Amy Shore & Lisa DiGaudio

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Authentic community engagement is an integral part of creating, starting and sustaining a high-quality charter school. In this session, we will walk participants through effective community engagement processes and practices from the point of concept through opening. Such processes and practices include: creating digital and print communications; identifying the right groups and individuals to engage throughout the process; using surveys and focus groups to gain meaningful input on the school design; documenting the engagement process and input from stakeholders; facilitating effective public meetings; shifting from securing application support to recruiting students; turning application allies into community partners during the planning year; bringing parents and board members onto the board; building sustainable systems for community involvement. We will provide links to planning tools, templates and exemplars to support groups in their own community engagement efforts.

Free Professional Development Opportunity for Charter School Leaders

Student Data Strategies and Best Practices
for 2020-21 Distance Learning

Tuesday, February 23 • 1:00 PM (EST)
Presented by: Schoolrunner’s CEO/Founder, Charlie Coglianese

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In this session, webinar attendees will be exposed to best practices and some of the most innovative data strategies school leaders are implementing during these unique times. Schoolrunner’s CEO/Founder and Chief Data Wizard, Charlie Coglianese, will highlight and discuss what school leaders across the country have done to address challenges presented during the current pandemic. Some best practice highlights will include things like communication expectations/goals, tracking family engagement and student attendance, use of health screeners, identifying and addressing student achievement gaps, among other key topics. Furthermore, during this interactive workshop, ask questions as Charlie discusses new product developments and national trends resulting from school leaders attempting to address the needs of their local community as a result of the pandemic.
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Here to Help Charter Schools Thrive

Announcing the first ever

Florida Charter School
Governance Conference

Saturday, March 27 • 9:00am - 4:00pm (EST) • Virtually

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Join us for the 1st Florida Governance Conference highlighting best practices for Charter School Boards.

This event is an excellent opportunity for Board Members and Charter School Leaders. With a full slate of presenters, speakers and sponsors, the Governance Conference is sure to give your Governing Board and School Leadership the information and resources needed to be successful.

This conference is being offered for free to attendees and will be held virtually, on Saturday March 27th. We have scheduled this for a Saturday as many Charter School Board members have other full-time jobs and we want to increase participation. We have a full day of workshops already lined up with presenters that include State Approved Trainers, Charter Attorneys, Board Presidents, FLDOE Directors, Charter Consultants and Service providers with excellent track records in charter school service.

Attendees will have the opportunity to be entered into a raffle to win $1,000 and $500 prizes to bring back to their school!

We are excited to bring this event to you free of charge with the Support of the Florida Department of Education and the Charter Support Unit! You won't want to miss out on this great opportunity!

Opening Keynote   Closing Keynote
  • 18 Virtual Sessions
  • 22 Speakers

Five Tracts for Informational Breakout Sessions:

  • Financial
  • Community, District & State Relations
  • Policy & Procedures
  • Legal & Insurance
  • Management & Operations

Mr. Michael Bileca

Executive Director
Bileca Foundation


Dr. Dakeyan Graham

Executive Director
Office of Independent Education & Parent Choice

The Florida Charter School Governance Conference will take place online using the Whova platform. Participants can register and create an account by visiting The platform can be used from a computer or mobile device. The app allows you to connect directly to the online sessions, chat with other participants, and learn more about the sponsors through a virtual exhibit hall.


This conference will help bring Board Members together, and equip you to better sever your individual schoools. If you have any questions about the conference or the Charter Support Unit, please give us a call at (888) 677-9250 or email Trisha Leitem. We look forward to "seeing" you on March 27.

A big thank you to our sponsors for the conference who include:

Florida Department of Education and the US Department of Education through the federal Charter Schools Program Grant

E-Rate Advantage
Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools
HLB GRavier, LLP

Building Hope
Charter Support Unit
Truist Securities Inc. (Suntrust)

The CSU is a free support network operated by Building Hope in partnership with the United States Department of Education through a federal dissemination grant, a Walton Foundation grant, and the Florida Department of Education through a state appropriation.  Our primary mission is to serve all charter schools in their first five years of operation. The CSU also provides many free services to more established charter schools across the country, including our free professional webinar series. If we can provide assistance to you or your school, please contact us:

Charter Support Unit
(888) 677-9250 • (727) 286-3185 •

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