Attention to school climate has emerged as one of the most important drivers to school performance and improvement while rapidly changing community demographics have made intercultural competence a linchpin in addressing climate in schools. This session provides teachers and leaders with a framework to understand the dynamics that make up school climate and strategies for improvement. Further, participants will gain a perspective on how their intercultural competency influences the development and performance of children and adults in their schools. This session is highly interactive and will utilize a variety of learning modalities including group and individual work and multimedia case simulations.
Instructor: Dr. Brian K. Perkins, Director Summer Principals Academy
Institution: Teachers College Columbia University
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Cost: $150 per person
GCSA Pre-Conference Governance Sessions
Time: Monday, March 13 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Course: Climate & Intercultural Competence
The GCSA Charter Schools Conference is the only conference opportunity that can also satisfy annual-training requirements for both locally and SCSC-approved charter schools. GCSA is a State Board of Education Approved-Training Provider for Charter Schools, allowing GCSA’s governance training to fulfill legally-required training requirements for both local and state charter schools. Conference sessions that also fulfill governance training requirements are identified in the Conference Schedule. Board members are responsible for ensuring the sessions they attend align to their local-governance training plan or SCSC requirements, as applicable. For more information regarding how to receive governance training credit for GCSA training, please see the Frequently Asked Questions document here (to be developed).
The Pre-Conference Governance sessions on Monday afternoon will offer charter boards and their members two training opportunities that satisfy legally-required governance training topics.
- Whole-Board Training Track– Boards that desire to conduct their Whole Board Training during the conference can attend a special 3-hour board-focused training covering best practices in school governance, performance objectives and progress monitoring, the role and duties of the governing board, as well as the importance of strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, and legal compliance.
- Essentials in Governance Track – Four of GCSA’s most-popular trainings aligned to governance standards. This track features courses specifically curated to fulfill training requirements while preparing board members for the conference ahead by discussing critical issues facing charter schools and the roles, responsibilities, and duties of charter board members.
The first hour of the Pre-Conference Governance sessions includes a session option designed for new charter board members to discuss the role of the charter board and best practices in induction, onboarding and mentoring. The second option is a more detailed discussion of the role of charter boards for more veteran board members. Attendees may select either session option during the first hour of the Pre-Conference governance session.
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Cost: $200 per person