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Who should attend
CEF participants complete the program as part of a cohort. Participants may include, but are not limited to: school principals and leaders, central office leadership, education policymakers, analysts, graduate students, grantmakers, and nonprofit leaders.
About the course
The one-of-a-kind Certificate in Education Finance (CEF) equips participants with the practical skills they need in strategic fiscal management, policy analysis, and leadership to deploy resources in ways that do the most for students.
About the Program
The four-month program is designed for working professionals. Participants attend a two-day, in-person, group live session with seven follow-up modules of group internet-based interactive virtual learning (each 2-3 hours).
The program emphasizes practical skills and application while learning through a combination of interactive classroom instruction, reading, self-reflection, and hands-on practice. Areas of study include allocation and accountability structures, instruction delivery model impacts and implications, effects of ESSA and state policy in local context, productivity analyses, and common (but often ill-understood) cost drivers in education. This is a comprehensive overview course; there are no prerequisites and no advance preparation required. Participants can earn 4.0 CEUs or 48 CPEs.
Participants will learn:
- How policy affects equity and resource use.
- How to more effectively consume and use education finance information at the federal, state, and local levels in the K-12 education system.
- How to more strategically drive resource allocation decisions to reach desired outcomes and avoid unintended consequences that can negatively impact students, schools, and communities.
- How to understand and effectively grapple with the challenges of productivity and financial tradeoffs in an environment of finite education dollars.
- How to communicate finance strategy and decisions.
Dr. Roza directs a research center focused on education finance called the Edunomics Lab (Edunomicslab.org). Recent research traces the effects of fiscal policies at the federal, state, and district levels for implications on resources at school and classroom levels. Her calculations of dollar im...
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