The Top Shelf
Connection. Capacity. Community.
A signature program of LAPCS, The Top Shelf launched in October 2012 to enhance the capacity of charter school boards through recruitment and professional development. Recognizing the critical role that strong governance plays in charter school success, The Top Shelf aims to foster connection among the community members serving on charter school boards while increasing their capacity to lead financially and operationally sound organizations that promote increased student achievement.
Learn more about The Top Shelf and its accomplishments in the 2015 The Top Shelf Report Card.
The Top Shelf: Pathways for Engagement
Through targeted outreach to local businesses and organizations, The Top Shelf identifies and recruits capable professionals, known as Board Bankers, to serve on charter school boards. Through a simple application process, prospective board members provide details on their interest and qualifications to serve. Partner Schools seeking to expand their boards are provided with profiles and resumes from Board Bankers. If there is a mutual desire to learn more about the service opportunity, Board Bankers move through the selection process for the Partner School. Click here to learn more about the Board Bank.
Serving on a charter school board is a great leadership development opportunity. The Top Shelf prides itself on offering relevant, meaningful professional development sessions to prospective and current charter school board members to prepare them for this important work. In an environment where policy changes often, board members must be informed to fulfill their responsibilities.
The Top Shelf partners with experienced charter school board members and the Louisiana Department of Education to deliver meaningful content and training. Through webinars and interactive Lunch & Learns, participants learn and problem solve together in order to ensure their organizations are primed for financial, organizational and academic success. Please see our Training & Events section for upcoming live sessions and explore our Resource Library for recorded webinars.
On Demand Customized Sessions
Ranging in their maturity and size, boards have various needs. The Top Shelf delivers personalized sessions that target the unique needs of the board ranging from board member responsibilities to recruitment and selection to board assessment and evaluation. Each custom program is a blank canvas that is filled according to the learning goals of your school. Using board assessments, case studies, and interactive workshops, The Top Shelf works in partnership with your organization to provide the tools that inspire excellence in governance. For a menu of customized sessions, please download the On Demand Menu.