Academic Resources

Anti-Bullying Programs in Charter Schools

Florida Statutes expressly prohibit bullying and harassment of any student or employee in public schools in Florida. The statutes lay out specific steps which schools must take in order to ensure that bullying is addressed. How can these statutes be implemented within Florida Charter Schools to provide them with the flexibility and autonomy anticipated at charters, but still ensuring the safety of students and employees at your school? Join us for a presentation by Brooks Rumenik, the Director of the Office of Safe Schools at the FLDOE where she talks about anti-bullying efforts,and how you can implement them at your school. Read More

Assistive Technology

One of the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Act is ensuring students have the services and equipment that they need in order to be provided a free and appropriate public education. Charter Schools may be required to provide an implement assistive technology for students who are enrolled at the school. What does this mean? Join us for this webinar presented by Susan Saunders of FDLRS (Florida’s Diagnostic & Learning Resources System). Ms. Saunders will help charter schools understand the requirements and the options available. Read More

Behavioral Data To Support MTSS

Charter Schools are always concerned about supporting students and ensuring they are learning effectively. One of the important concepts of Florida Education is the idea of a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) to help students succeed. In order for MTSS programs to be effective informative and efficient data systems must be in place to monitor student success. Behavioral data can be particularly useful for identifying meaningful strategies to proactively support positive and productive student behaviors. This webinar will provide strategies for collecting, reporting, and applying behavioral data at Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3. 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

Collaboration for Student Success

When the adults in students’ lives work together collaboratively, students can succeed. This is especially true when it comes to exceptional students. Teachers must work collaboratively between the regular education and special education settings to ensure student’s needs are met. Join us for a presentation which will focus on how these collaboration can be effectively implemented at charter schools. The presentation will be presented by Sallie Payne of FDLRS (Florida’s Diagnostic &Learning Resources System). Read More

Due Process for Exceptional Student Education

One of the most common legal areas charter schools run into is with regards to special education services. Schools must fully understand the the due process rights of the students and families receiving ESE services. This presentation, presented by an attorney who has assisted numerous charter schools with special education related situations, discussed the responsibilities of the charter school, and how to avoid potential legal issues when it comes to appropriately carrying out the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 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

ESE Implementation: School and District Collaboration

A collaborative relationship between charter school and district is key to ensuring quality services for exceptional students. Understanding the roles, responsibilities and resources available will help the school and the district meet the needs of all students. This webinar will be particularly beneficial to charter school administrators, board members and ESE teachers. Read More

ESE Service Delivery Models

A single type of service or service delivery can’t be expected to adequately meet the needs of all the exceptional students in your school. Understanding when more intensive or different instruction is needed, and how to provide it, will help ensure quality services. Issues of contracted providers were discussed in this webinar and is particularly beneficial to charter school administrators, board members and ESE teachers. Read More

Getting Started on the Road To Accreditation

School accreditation is designed to help educational institutions boost their ongoing performance efforts as they challenge and inspire their students and the communities they serve. This presentation will inform attendees about the accreditation process and protocols. Attendees will be given an opportunity to interact with the standards. The presentation will explain how to begin the accreditation process, arrange for a Readiness Visit and what is needed for a successful External Review Visit. Read More

Gifted Education for Charter Schools

Florida defines gifted students as students who have superior intellectual development and are capable of high performance. While charter schools are required to address their plans for gifted education in their charter application, many schools find that actually implementing an effective gifted program can be complicated. Join us for this webinar presented by the a DOE Gifted Education Specialist Kathleen Casper where we will discuss the requirements for gifted education in Florida and some best practices that charter schools may wish to consider in developing and implementing their program for gifted students, ranging from identification, evaluation, developing an EP, and providing instructional support within the school. Read More

IEP Development and Implementation

Register now: IEP Development and Implementation - The Individual Education Plan (IEP) is the cornerstone for the education of a child with a disability. It identifies a child's unique needs and defines the goals and objectives that guide the delivery of a quality education. This webinar will help school leaders and teachers better understand the elements that make up a well-developed IEP. New schools opening in the fall or new administrators who are unfamiliar with special educational legal requirements particularly benefit from webinar which will be presented by Mary Ahearn and Pam Connolly with the FDLRS Network. Read More

Item Bank and Testing Platform

The Office of Race to the Top Assessments with the Florida Department of Education has developed the Florida Item Bank and Test Platform (IBTP); a dynamic resource that allows teachers, schools, and districts to build and administer high quality, standards- based, engaging assessments for diagnostic, interim, or summative purposes. This presentation will provide an overview of the IBTP, with information on how to access, navigate, and use the system at the classroom, school, and district levels. 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
Mar 2016

Maximum Tech, Minimum Fuss

The best edtech-tools are time-efficient and propel learning into interactive experiences filled with active participation, creation, collaboration, and reflection. Join Richard Brummer, Technology Coordinator at Ben Gamla Palm Beach Charter School, for a hands-on and engaging webinar that will model some of very best “must-have” tech-tools, which can be actioned for maximum effect with the least amount of fuss. You’ll wonder how you ever survived without them. Read More

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. Read More

Restorative Practice: Breaking the Out-of-School Suspension Cycle through Restorative Circles

Developing a comprehensive behavioral plan for a charter school is essential to ensure smooth operations. This presentation will look specifically discuss how to lead "Restorative Circles". Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the need to reach and teach ALL students by pulling them in (Restorative Approach) rather than pushing them out (Out of school suspension). This presentation will be especially helpful for schools who are developing or revamping their school wide behavioral plan to meet the needs of your students. Read More

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. Read More

Spotlight: Gulf Coast Academy of Science and Technology

Gulf Coast Academy of Science and Technology is a public charter school that opened in 2003. The school has been awarded an “A” by the State’s school grading system for the last 11 years. The school’s mission is to provide a unique education through weekly field experiences integrated with a hands-on advanced middle school curriculum. Gulf Coast Academy staff members will be sharing tips on how they’ve been able to stay focused on their original mission, and make sure that all of their staff are on board with the unique instructional practices employed at the school. 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 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

Textbook / Material Evaluation Matrix

Form to use to help with evaluating curriculum materials such as textbooks. Provides a numeric rank of materials to objectively compare multiple products. Read More
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

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. Read More