INCS board Training for 2023
Free trainings (each will count towards one hour of training)
Making the Most of Our Time Together – Tuesday, February 7 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm CT
This session will focus on how board members individually and collectively can prepare for and participate in effective charter school board meetings. Genita Robinson, attorney, board training consultant and charter school veteran, will talk us through what goes into setting the agenda, how to facilitate a good discussion, and what questions should be top of mind for board members at every meeting. Board Chairs, in particular, would benefit from this session. RSVP to Allison. Link is here.
Growing Your Board Thoughtfully: A session specifically for single site charters interested in strategic board expansion – Tuesday, April 18 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
While all Illinois charter school board members are invited to this session, INCS and the Lumen Impact Group have created this session to dig deep into how a board can do a self assessment and determine the skills, expertise and experience needed in future board members. The session will also cover the on-the-ground tactics for vetting and recruiting new board members. All are welcome but we want to be clear that this session is targeted to the needs of smaller boards interested in growing. Please sign up here.
Increasing School Investment to Close Opportunity Gaps and Create Life-Long Learners – Tuesday, July 11 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
A critical role of the board is to help secure philanthropic investment to ensure a school has the resources it needs to fully realize its mission and impact. Veteran non-profit leader and charter founder, Lori Baas has 25 years of successful resource development experience and successfully implemented diverse tactics to increase investment in her school and organization. In this session, Lori will share parameters for setting fundraising goals, strategies for engaging board members and other stakeholders to identify investors, coordination of the board and staff leadership in the development of a work plan, and options for accountability to achieve goals. Please sign up here.
Maximizing Board Accountability – Tuesday, September 12, 2023 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm (subject to reschedule)
Chicago Booth professor, Christina Hachikian, will share the inherent challenges of board leadership and what science says boards can do to combat role confusion, the altruism paradox, the intention paradox and lack of engagement. Board leadership is challenging, and Ms. Hachikian will break down the day-the-day problems that keep charter school boards from operating more effectively. Please sign up here.
The Expanding Role of Data and How Your Board Can Use It To Govern More Effectively – Tuesday, October 10, 2023 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
As data and technology continue to grow and evolve, it's becoming increasingly crucial for board members and committees to keep up with the latest data-driven practices. That's why Innovare is offering a special session designed to help boards use data more effectively in their governance responsibilities. During this session, Nick Freeman will provide an overview of data and data sources, focusing on data related to Illinois charter schools. He will also cover dashboards available for board members and committees. Please sign up here.