Training & Events2020-02-07T23:21:32+00:00

Training & Events

Certificate in Education Finance (CEF)

Financial and resource allocation issues influence all aspects of U.S. public education policy yet are often not fully understood. This one-of-a-kind Certificate in Education Finance (CEF) equips participants with the practical skills they need in strategic fiscal management, finance policy analysis, and financial leadership to deploy resources in ways that do the most for students.

Round table discussion

What is the Certificate in Education Finance?

The CEF is an interdisciplinary certification combining finance, economics and leadership with public policy and administration. The hybrid interactive virtual and in-person learning is designed for busy working professionals.

Participants learn to:

  • Identify common (but often ill-understood) cost drivers in education.
  • Analyze how policy affects equity and resource use.
  • Effectively consume and use education finance information.
  • Strategically allocate resources to reach desired outcomes and avoid unintended consequences that can negatively impact students, schools, and communities.
  • Grapple with productivity and financial tradeoffs in an environment of finite education dollars.
  • Communicate finance strategy and decisions to myriad audiences.

Who can join a CEF cohort?

The program targets, but is not limited to, education policymakers; central office leadership; campus and network leaders; analyst and graduate students; grant makers and non-profit leaders. No prerequisites or advance preparation required. Upon completion, participants earn 4.0 CEUs or 48 CPEs.*


Upcoming Events

One on one discussion

Certificate in Ed Finance 2020

Georgetown University, Washington, DC, June 3-4

SBA Network Meeting
3/3, 2020
Edunomics Lab hosts a network of districts exploring or implementing student-based allocation formulas. This collaborative group meets monthly to explore current research, troubleshoot common challenges, and support efforts to advance SBA formulas in local context. To learn more about the network, email

SXSW EDU Conference & Festival
Austin, TX
3/9-12, 2020

On March 9, Elizabeth Ross will be a panelist in a session entitled “Can Fiscal Transparency Lead to Student Equity?” Find more details here.

Association for Education Finance and Policy Conference
Fort Worth, TX
3/19-21, 2020

On March 19, Marguerite Roza will present on teacher pension policies (“What Happens to Pension Debt If Future Pay Raises Become Non-Pensionable?”). On March 20, Roza and Hannah Jarmolowski will present on weighted student funding (“Does Weighted Student Funding Yield More Flexibilities for Principals?”). Find more details here.

Want to learn more?

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