General Resources

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May 2015

2015 New Applicant Training

Presented at the New Applicant Trainings sponsored by the Florida Department of Education Thursday, ... Read More

Appling for 501(c)(3) Status

Charter Schools in Florida are required to incorporate as not-for-profit agencies.  This means that when ... Read More

Building A School Culture of Leadership

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 a school culture that is positive and where future leaders thrive and grow. This webinar will give a basic overview of how leaders can use various research studies to develop a positive culture at your school. Read More

Car Pooling Registration

Charter Schools are required to ensure that transportation is not a barrier to attendance. One way that might be part of the school's plan is to develop a car pooling program for families. The attached form could be used to gather information from parents regarding car pooling. Read More

Charter School Insurance Guide

This charter school insurance guide provides insurance about what types of insurance charter schools should consider and might be required to have based on their charter contract. The guide discusses the insurance requirements of the model charter school contract and provides definitions about typical insurance terms. This guide is based off a similar guide provided by the Palm Beach County School District for their charter schools, and we thank them for allowing us to use their model. Read More

Charter School Marketing 101

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. Read More
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Nov 2014

Charter Support Unit's 2014 Conference Presentation

The CSU presented at the 2014 Florida Charter School Conference to discuss the services available ... Read More

Charters.Link

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 provide a demonstration of the system. Read More

Detailed Sample Safety Plan

This sample safety plan provides guidance and a sample for developing a comprehensive safety plan. School's should not just adopt this document!, it is important this only be used as a guide for developing a custom plan specific to your facility, staff and school. Read More

Developing A Charter School Website

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 to best communicate with families, and now to meet the requirements of the law. This webinar will talk about the requirements for the website, and then various recommendations to consider when developing or redesigning your website, as well as look at a few services ranging from open source free options to paid hosting services you can use when developing your site. We also will share some general thoughts of things to consider if you are looking to hire or outsource the development to another party. Read More

Effectively Using Social Media as a Marketing Tool

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 recruit families. Avant Garde Academy K-8 Broward opened in 2015 with an impressive enrollment of 943 students, thanks in large part to the social media efforts utilized by Principal Steven Blinder. Mr. Blinder will share some of what did and did not work well as this informative webinar. Read More

Enrolling for Next Year: Marketing, Lottery, Etc.

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 when the law says a lottery is required, and some possible methods to conduct your annual lottery. Read More

Enrollment Check List Form

This form is a sample a charter can use to develop their own checklist of all of the forms that they require for students before they attend the school. This checklist helps the office staff to ensure everything is collected from each student. Read More

ESE 101

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. Read More

Florida's Single Sign On

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. The webinar will be presented by Andrea Latham, from the FDOE’s Single Sign On Office. Read More

FTE Class Size Information

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. Read More

Hard Copy Request Form

Some schools try to cut down on the amount of paper they print and send home.  In an attempt to do this schools are moving more towards electronic communication, however, not all families have access to the internet.  The school may wish to keep a list of parents who indicate that they do not have internet access, so that the school can send hard copies home with those children. This form could be used to collect that data from families, and the school can then maintain a list of students who require hard copies. Read More

Incident Report

This is a document which can be used to record incidents or injuries to keep a permanent record of incidents which may occur at the school. Read More

Introducing the CSU

The Charter Support Unit presented the introduction to the CSU presentation below on August 30, ... Read More

Introduction to the Charter Support Unit

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 participants may have about the types of services which would be helpful to them. Read More

Key Focus Areas of High Performing Schools

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 efficiency of the school. Focusing on key areas will result in an increased purpose, a more supportive collaboration among staff members, improved learning for all students, and provide a road map for school improvement. Read More

Know Your Charter Contract

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 school attorney will discuss how to read and understand the contract and some tips to help organize the responsibilities defined therein. Read More

New School Checklist

The new school checklist was developed for newly approved charter schools working to open a ... Read More
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Jul 2017

New School Institute - July 13, 2017

The July 13, 2017 was the fourth training as part of the 2017 New School ... Read More

New School Institute Training 1

The Charter Support Unit was excited to present the first New School Institute training on ... Read More

New School Institute Training 4

The third training of the New School Institute was held on July 13, 2016 in ... Read More

New Schools Check List Webinar

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. Read More

Parent Satisfaction Survey

This is a sample parent satisfaction that a school can use to gauge parent satisfaction at their school.  We recommend this survey is used each spring so that the data can be compared over time.  The questions on the second page can be customized to focus on issues that the school is focusing on or that match with the school's vision. Read More

Parent Volunteer Survey

Parental involvement is one indicator of school success. Schools who are strategic about volunteering will try to match volunteer opportunities to the strengths of parents, and to utilize this as a way to increase involvement. This parent survey helps schools to identify parent skills and availability to help make those matches. Read More

Parents and Charter Schools

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. Read More

Publicity Waiver

This is a sample form that a school may wish to adopt to obtain parent permission to take pictures of students and use those pictures for school publicity. Read More

Renewal Toolkit

The Charter Renewal Toolkit is a reference document intended to help schools organize their corporate ... Read More

RFP: School Uniforms

RFP (Request for Proposals) to solicit bids for students' school uniforms. Read More

Sample Policy Manual

This sample policy manual provides a sample comprehensive policy manual that schools can use to craft their own policy manual. It is strongly recommended that schools do not just adopt this policy manual, but instead use it as a reference to develop a policy manual that will work well with the school in accordance with your charter application, charter contract and desires of the governing board. Read More

Sample School Behavior Confirmation

This document is a sample list of behaviors which may require student consequences and a list of potential consequences for those behaviors. It includes excerpts from a bullying policy which the parents also should acknowledge. Read More

School Safety

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 and secure learning environment. The presenter was Curtis S. Lavarello, the Executive Director of the School Safety Advocacy Council. Read More

Spotlight: Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School

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 of methods to customize their educational approaches to reach each individual student, and has experienced fantastic success, having gone from a "D" in its second year to five consecutive "A"s from the State of Florida. This presentation focused on this successful school and how the Principal, Ms. Kristine Bennett uses her strong organizational skills to plan the school. The talk was focused on what leaders can do to plan for the myriad of deadlines and requirements they need to focus on, while still allowing them to stay focused on the important task of the school's academic success. Read More

Standards for Effective Charter School Governance

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 charter schools, understand the roles and responsibilities of serving on a charter school board, learn best practices and participate in discussions to bring the standards to life. This presentation will be presented by Debbie Lister of Charter Board Partners. Read More

Student Satisfaction Survey

This is a sample survey you may wish to use for students.  This survey is geared toward intermediate or older students.  The school can customize the survey to match the priorities the school is focusing on or to obtain specific information they wish to have from their students. Read More

Student Withdrawal Form - Parent Completes

Form for parents to complete if they are withdrawing their student from the school. Read More

Student Withdrawal Form - School Completes

Form for the school to complete internally to ensure and document that all of the tasks to withdraw a student are completed. Read More

Supporting the Governing Board as an Administrator

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. This presentation will talk about the balance between coordinating the Governing Board as an employee of the Board, and ideas on how to facilitate Board Meetings in an effective way. Read More

The importance of data reporting to ensure full FTE funding

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 seats at your school, you must have them reported correctly to receive funds. Dr. Andrew Binns was formerly the director of FTE & Student Reporting for the School District of Palm Beach County, he and a panel of other experts will provide tips for charter school leaders to help prepare for FTE week. This presentation will be specifically geared towards new schools and new educational leaders facing FTE reporting for the first time. Read More

Transportation 101

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. Read More

Transportation Essentials

Florida statute requires that: “The charter school and the sponsor shall cooperate in making arrangements ... Read More
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Dec 2016

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

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 school, and the strategies they used to maintain this success. Participants in this webinar will receive practical tips they can use to ensure future success. Read More

Working Effectively with EMO/CMOs

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. Read More