The Top Shelf

Learning Opportunities

In addition to serving as a recruitment pipeline for charter school boards, The Top Shelf offers relevant training opportunities for prospective and current board members. Sessions may be delivered in three settings:

  • Live, in person
  • Online via webinar
  • Live, in-person and customized to meet the immediate needs of the participating board

Select Previous Learning Opportunities

Governance Panel
Moderator: Joann Ricci, Greater New Orleans Foundation
Panelists: Bob Burvant, Former Chair, Sojourner Truth Academy; Niloy Gangopadhyay, Principal, Success Preparatory Academy; Mary Kay Parker, Former Board Chair, McDonogh City Park Academy; Kenneth Polite, Former Board Chair, New Orleans College Prep

Governance 101 with Stefanie Allweiss, Consultant

Evaluating School Health with Tom Shepley, New Schools for New Orleans

Show Me the Money with Nora Ellersten, The Funding Seed

Just in Time Board Orientation with Frank Martinelli, Center for Public Skills Training

Understanding SPS with Jennifer Baird and Adam Hawf, Louisiana Department of Education

Charter School Funding/Fiscal Responsibilities with Joe Keeney, 4th Sector Solutions

Lunch & Learn: Charter School Staff with Michelle Craig, Adams & Reese, LLP

Fiscal Oversight for Boards with Don Wheat, CPA, Carr, Riggs & Ingram

Seven Successful Pillars of Charter School Governance with Dr. Brian Carpenter

Focus on Ethics with Sarah Vandergriff, LAPCS

Fostering Effective School Community Partnerships with Lila Leff, Umoja Student Development Corporation

Board's Role in Fundraising with Toryah Cameron, LAPCS

Managing the Media: Crisis Communications with Brylski and Co.

Board Building: Best Practices in Recruitment and Selection with Makiyah Moody, LAPCS

For a listing of upcoming learning opportunities, please refer to the Event Calendar or contact Makiyah Moody, Governance Initiatives Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Top Shelf has helped me vastly increase my knowledge of the charter school world, and helped Algiers Charter School Association find our latest board member. This program is an invaluable resource.
-Colin Brooks, Board Chair, Algiers Charter School Association