WestEd, a certified Continued Professional Education (CPE) sponsor through the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, is pleased to offer a local educational agencies (LEA) school finance training event. Through this training, school business officers and program directors will learn how to ensure compliance with federal and state fiscal requirements and regulations while also making strategic resource planning decisions to improve student outcomes.
Who Will Benefit
- Business Officers and Managers
- Special Education Directors/Administrators
- Federal Program Directors/Administrators
- Superintendents and School Administrators
What You Will Learn
The training sessions are designed to build your capacity to:
- Ensure compliance with federal and state regulations
- Improve collaboration between fiscal and program offices to ensure best practices
- Design and implement efficient policies and procedures to increase transparency and reduce silos between business and program offices
- Improve program outcomes and more directly connect school finance decision-making to student outcomes
Dates & Times
This event consists of two live, interactive training sessions. The two synchronous sessions will take place on November 8, 2021.
Session 1: Confidently Determining Allowable Uses of IDEA Funds
8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. (PT) / 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (ET)
Session 2: IDEA Private School Proportionate Share: Meeting Fiscal Requirements through Meaningful Consultation
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (PT) / 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (ET)
Sara Doutre is a recognized expert in special education policy and finance. Leveraging her federal, state, and classroom experience, Doutre leads accountability and finance work as a Project Director on WestEd’s Special Education Policy & Practice team. Doutre is dedicated to creating accountability and funding systems that fuel innovations for improved outcomes, effectuate high expectations for students and educators, empower families as teachers and advocates, and protect the rights of students with disabilities. Her contribution to state guidelines for braided and blended funding strategies to address significant disproportionality in special education empowered administrators to focus on innovative, inclusive practices. Doutre previously monitored state programs and developed policy guidance while at the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs and has a MA from The George Washington University in education policy.
Anthony Mukuna is a Senior Program Associate in Special Education and School Finance at WestEd. He leads school finance and fiscal accountability engagements with states and supports cross-area projects within WestEd. Mukuna has a strong background in accounting with several years of work experience with local and state governments, in which he managed diverse federal and state funding programs. Previously, Mukuna worked for the Idaho Supreme Court Finance Office and the Idaho State Department of Education, creating a strong fiscal accountability structure. These opportunities helped him develop skills to analyze and interpret federal/state laws and regulations to design and implement compliant, effective, and efficient fiscal policies and procedures to improve program outcomes. Mukuna is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Idaho and earned his master’s degree in Business Administration at Idaho State University.
Pricing & Other Details
The cost to attend is $150 per participant. This fee includes all materials for live learning components. We offer cancellations and full refunds up to two days before the training.
Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Participants can receive up to four (4) CPE credit hours upon completion of the training.
For more information, contact Ishwa Tirmizi at itirmiz@WestEd.org.