What is the “Ed Finance in 2021: A Whole New Ballgame” mini-course?
Education leaders face critical decisions in the next few weeks and months on how to spend the new federal relief funds. They must make these rapid-fire decisions in the context of traditional budget pressures coupled with an ever-shifting set of new pressures in the wake of the pandemic:
- Enrollment swings
- Uneven learning and uneven student needs
- Local labor markets in transition
- Off-cycle pay considerations
- Calls to innovate, calls to deliver services differently–and better
This hands-on mini-course is designed to help leaders and communities meet this unprecedented moment. For many, the goals remain the same before and after the pandemic: leveraging the funds to do the most for students in a way that is financially sustainable and transparent; enhancing equity in the short and long term; communicating finances to build trust; and engaging communities in financial choices. But it’s the conditions and contexts that are new. This mini-course is built to help participants grapple with their own unique conditions and contexts. Systems receiving one-time federal relief aid will learn how to make the most of those dollars on behalf of students.
In each two-hour virtual session, participants will:
- Quickly weigh multiple real-time financial considerations
- Engage in hands-on experiences navigating competing financial pressures
- Explore current financial and other data to inform spending choices
- Practice communications and budgeting strategies to engage communities and build trust
- Confront potential financial pitfalls, and navigate procurement, fiscal constraints, reporting and more
Who should participate?
District leadership, finance teams, federal (Title) directors, board members, and principals, as well as state agency leaders, support teams, contractors, and community groups. The mini-course is designed for finance and non-finance professionals alike. The focus is on building and honing strategic finance skills to meet the moment and apply them in participants’ own context.
No prerequisites or advance preparation required. CPE and PDC credits are available.*