Charter School Leadership Institute


The Hendrix College Charter School Leadership Institute will consist of the seven content areas listed below.  An institute certificate will be given to participants who complete all of the content areas.  Participants will be allowed to enroll in these sessions on a first-come, first-served basis, unless otherwise specified.  Priority will be given, however, to participants who wish to complete all of the content areas.  All sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Hendrix College, unless otherwise specified.

School Climate      
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 

  • Visions and goals focused on high levels of student learning
  • Positive and supportive school climate
  • Rituals, ceremonies, and other symbolic actions

Instructional Strategies and Student Achievement  
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008

  • High expectations for student achievement
  • Discussion of instructional issues
  • High levels of student learning
  • Professional development opportunities and resources
  • Support of risk taking

Leadership/Management Strategies
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 

  • The importance of instructional leadership
  • Role modeling
  • Collaboration
  • Shared leadership/decision making, and staff empowerment
  • Teacher autonomy
  • Recognition of student and staff achievement
  • Emotional/interpersonal support
  • Safe and orderly school environment

Curriculum Alignment            
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 

  • Instructional time
  • Monitoring student progress and sharing findings
  • Classroom observation and feedback to teachers
  • Use of student data for program improvement
  • Norm of continuous improvement

Internal/External Communications
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 

  • Self-confidence, responsibility, and perseverance
  • Visibility and accessibility
  • Communication and interaction
  • Parent/community outreach, involvement, and partnership

Regulatory Issues 
Saturday, March 7, 2009 

  • Arkansas laws that pertain to charter schools
  • Rules, regulations, and standards for Arkansas schools
  • Finance and accounting
  • Getting started
  • Staffing
  • Contracts
  • Desks, books, equipment, supplies, etc.
  • Fund-raising

Closing Session
Saturday, April 11, 2009