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

“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 learn more about how to improve your school’s tier 2 and 3 support systems for students at-risk. All participants will leave knowing how to access additional free resources to identify students through screening, match students to effective interventions, and monitor progress for decision-making. (more…)

Section 504: 21 Myths and Realities

Section 504: 21 Myths and Realities

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, Section 504 indicates that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely because of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal funds. Many school principals and teachers are not well versed in this federal law, yet the primary impact of and responsibility for a Section 504 Plan is in general education. There are distinct differences between a Section 504 Plan and an IEP and they include being implemented in the general education classroom, created as a civil rights law, and no funding attached to it. Charter school LEADERS play a pivotal role in meeting the needs of students with a Section 504 Plan. This engaging and interactive session will provide 21 explanations on myths and realities in the Section 504 process and implementation at a school. The webinar will be presented by Liliana Salazar, the National Director of Special Education and Student Support for Academica. (more…)

Professional Learning Communities are Key to Raising Student Academic Achievement

Professional Learning Communities are Key to Raising Student Academic Achievement

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 will be exposed to research which shows the positive impact which PLCs have on student academic achievement. Examples of how PLC meetings can be embedded in the school schedule, as well as examples of how to lead them, will be offered in this presentation. Join us for this informative webinar to better understand how PLCs can serve as fertile ground for the implementation of RtI, and that well planned and implemented PLC meetings can lead to improved achievement of ALL students. The presentation will be led by Alexandra Penn, the Learning Design Coach for Pasco County Schools. (more…)

What is Rigor and How Do I Get It?

What is Rigor and How Do I Get It?

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 looks like, why it is necessary, and how can we increase its use during instruction. The webinar will provide ideas to teachers, and administrators to help ensure students are experiencing a higher level of rigor throughout the educational experience. The webinar will be presented by Ms. Melissa Prado Aguilar, the President of Phoenix Educational Support Services, LLC. (more…)

Standards for Effective Charter School Governance

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. (more…)

Key Focus Areas of High Performing Schools

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. (more…)