About the CBLA
The Charter Board Leadership Academy is a six-month institute offered annually by LAPCS, in collaboration with Charter Board Partners. The academy creates a pipeline of diverse and dedicated Fellows to serve as the next generation of leaders in New Orleans charter schools.
Who Should Apply
- Current charter board members
- Members of the public who have the passion, experience, and motivation to serve on charter school boards and who aspire to a leadership role on a public charter school board
The ideal candidate has:
- A passion for educational equity in the K-12 context
- Professional and/or community leadership experience
- Ability to craft and generate support for an inclusive vision and strategy
- An action-orientation with a focus on results
- A skill for collaboration and building relationships
- High standards for personal ethics and integrity
- Track record of successfully leading change efforts is a plus
As a CBLA Fellow, you will:
- Participate in workshops on board leadership, board structure and practice, accountability, and equity.
- Build knowledge of the current education landscape and analyze examples of exemplary governance from experienced practitioners in and outside of New Orleans.
- Participate in networking and community building events in New Orleans.
- Learn how to translate board leadership into real change.
- Have an opportunity, as a charter board candidate, to be connected with school boards in need of your skills and experience.
- Complete an application
- Attend all scheduled workshops and meetings
- Attend periodic networking and social opportunities
- Agree to serve on a board for at least three years and to assume a leadership position (i.e., committee chair or board chair)
- Learn the practices and strategies that enhance the effectiveness of charter and nonprofit boards
- Connect with community and business leaders
- Mentorship by experienced board leaders
- Personalized board matching for new board members
- Submit an online application during the application window: April 15 – June 30, 2019
- Selected applicants will be invited to participate in a short phone interview during the interview period
- Notices of acceptance will be sent by Wednesday, July 31, 2019
- Saturday, August 24, 2019: Full-Day Academy Kickoff
- “What It Means” – roles & responsibilities; serving on a charter school board in New Orleans
- Equity & Inclusion
- Finance 101: Fiduciary Responsibility
- September: Understanding Your Role
- Governance 101
- Strategic Planning
- October: Relationship-Building
- E.D./CEO Support
- Succession Planning
- November: Brass Tacks
- Legal/Policy Issues
- OPSB Accountability
- Conducting Effective Meetings
- December 5 -6, 2019: Louisiana Charter Schools Conference
- Communications: Telling the Story
- Graduation Celebration