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NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools has partnered with the Greater New Orleans Foundation to offer courses on building more effective Boards. Sessions will be offered to all nonprofits and charter schools in New Orleans, Houma and the Terrebonne and Lafourche areas.

         Organizers say parents of students in charter schools, education reform advocates and community leaders need charter school boards to be effective for schools to succeed as well as to build positive partnerships with the school community at large. There are 134 charter schools in Louisiana, with the majority of them being in Orleans Parish.

         All Louisiana public charter schools are governed by a volunteer, nonprofit board, which holds them accountable for academic performance, fiscal responsibility, transparency and other requirements in the state’s 20-year-old charter school law.

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         • General Session Open To All Non-profits, New Orleans:

         March 26, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

         Greater New Orleans Foundation, 1055 St. Charles Ave.

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         Governance as leadership for non-profits: Positioning Your Board for Strategic and Generative Governance

         To register: for-strategic-and-generative-governance-registration-open/


• General Session Open To All Non-profits, Houma/ Terrebonne/ Lafourche areas:

         March 27, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

         North Branch of the Terrebonne Parish Library, 4130 W. Park Ave., Gray, LA

         Just-in-time Board Orientation and Intro to Non-Profit Board Service

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         • Charter School Focused Sessions, New Orleans: Free to LAPCS members or $15 per person

         March 26, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

         Greater New Orleans Foundation, 1055 St. Charles Ave.

         Governing for the Future: Proven Practices for Strengthening Your Board

         To register: and-generative-governance-tickets-15700100423


         • Working Breakfast

         March 27, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

         Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, 1555 Poydras St., Suite 700

         Working breakfast with charter school chairs and school CEOs on effective governance and the importance of partnership

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         “LAPCS and GNOF are partnering to offer these courses in order to create great charter school and nonprofit boards that are equivalent to a Michelin-starred restaurant by enhancing their capacity,” LAPCS CEO Caroline Roemer Shirley said.

         The featured trainer will be Frank Martinelli, President, Center for Public Skills Training, and advisor to traditional public and charter schools throughout America for more than 35 years.

         He’s also the author of “Creating Effective Charter School Governance Boards and How Community-Based Organizations Can Start Charter Schools.”



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