The Institute of Government is coordinating a series of workshops on finances and ethics for Georgia educators in partnership with the state Professional Standards Commission and the Georgia Department of Education’s Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs). The workshops, “Educator Ethics: Public Funds and Property,” offer training for school and system level bookkeepers and educational leaders who manage public funds and property. The first session was held Nov. 6 at the Middle Georgia RESA in Warner Robins. Institute faculty members Tracy Arner and Russell Cook are coordinating curriculum content and facilitating logistics. The daylong workshops are a companion activity for “A Day with the PSC,” a Professional Standards Commission program to present regional updates on certification, ethics and professional learning requirements.
The workshops are part of the Institute’s growing repertoire of programs designed to help schools throughout Georgia strengthen their effectiveness. In the past two years alone, the Institute inaugurated a financial management certificate program for the Georgia Charter Schools Association, provided policy and governance training through the Georgia School Superintendents Association, and published a groundbreaking study that explored the benefits of school–local government collaborations. The collaboration report was an outgrowth of a School Board Governance Symposium that the Institute coordinated for the Office of Vice President for Public Service and Outreach in October 2013.