Ed Finance Training for Journalists2023-06-26T17:20:44+00:00

Ed Finance Training for Journalists

Training opportunities for journalists. Scholarships available.

Education finance policies and practices can be tricky to decipher – even for those sitting in finance offices. Journalists have an important role in sharing what’s going on in school communities. We’re here to help!

Below are training options we have to help journalists understand and report on ESSER spending and implications on district budgets now and in the future. If one of these doesn’t work for your schedule, reach out to our Education Director Jordan Tollefson at jordan.tollefson@georgetown.edu to discuss what options may be possible.

Learn & Earn Your Certificate in Education Finance

The Certificate in Education Finance (CEF) is an interdisciplinary certification combining finance, economics and leadership with public policy and administration. Topics within the finance field of study addressed in the program include: ESSER spending; allocation and accountability structures; instruction delivery model implications; effects of ESSA and state policy in local context; productivity analyses; and common (but often ill-understood) cost drivers in education.

Each cohort kicks off with an in-person training. It is followed by six 2-hour virtual sessions that feature interviews with subject matter experts on topics like teacher compensation; benefits; and state, local, and federal funding. The follow-on sessions are recorded.

Program Dates:

Fall 2023/Winter 2024 Cohort

November 8-9, 2023 in Pittsburgh, PA


January 18-20, 2024 in Las Vegas, NV

Journalists can opt to only participate in the 2-day residency, however they will not earn the CEF. 

Dr. Roza teaching a group of certificate participants

ESSER Deep Dive: Wild Ride Ahead Workshop

This workshop consists of four 2-hour virtual sessions. These sessions will equip participants with skills they need in strategic fiscal management, finance policy analysis, and financial leadership to leverage dollars to do the most for students. The workshop will focus on the unprecedented federal relief funds. Participants will consider how to use these funds in a way that is financially sustainable and transparent, enhance equity in the short and long term, and engage communities in financial choices.

Session Dates:

September 28, September 29, October 5, and October 6
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET each day

Journalists can opt to participate in follow-on virtual sessions to earn the CEF.

Interested but not sure these options work for you?

Can’t get away from work for the dates listed? Unsure if you want to earn your certificate or just attend the Wild Ride Ahead Workshop? For help figuring this out, contact Jordan Tollefson (jordan.tollefson@georgetown.edu) to learn more and discuss possible alternate options to get smart on ed finance and ESSER.

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