District Finance Leads2021-09-13T22:45:35+00:00
Leading district finances during a time of financial turmoil

School districts are deciding how to spend the largest-ever one-time federal investment in public education, following a school year that brought a host of challenges that landed unevenly on schools, children, and families across the country. Those who spend the time to compute costs, identify desired outcomes, involve their communities and are nimble along the way will have the most to show for it.

We’re compiling resources to help district leaders navigate the opportunities and challenges involved in making decisions about how to use these highly flexible funds. You can use this cost equivalent worksheet with your finance teams, with school leaders and in community conversations to gather “meaningful” input on spending priorities.

Cost Equivalent Activity Worksheet

What we are learning

MoEquity: Big Implications for District Budgeting
5 Ways Principals Can Make ARP $ Matter More
District Finance Network Slides
‘Meaningful Consultation’ on School Budgets
Adding Learning Time Without Breaking the Bank
Investing Dollars Differently to Meet Students’ Needs
Financial Turmoil Webinar Series

Big picture takeaways

Key Qs to Ensure Wise Spending of Relief Funds
Avoiding Financial Missteps
How to Talk About Money
Using the ‘Would You Rather’ Test to Explore Spending Tradeoffs

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Get smarter on using financial data with Georgetown University’s Certificate in Education Finance

This interactive course is designed to help district leaders and their finance teams, board members, school principals, and others leverage funds to do the most for students in a way that is financially sustainable, transparent, and equitable.

Participants engage in hands-on experiences navigating competing financial pressures, explore current fiscal and other data to inform choices, and practice strategies to engage their communities and build trust.

Contact Jordan.Tollefson@georgetown.edu with any questions or to inquire about bringing your district team.

Certificate in Education Finance