CSDC's Governance 201
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Those who are members of charter school governance teams need to be up-to-date on important topics like changes to the Brown Act, how to run an effective meeting, and the importance of a school's bylaws. Governance 201 covers all these topics and more!
Governance and Policy Specialist
Charter Schools Development Center
Caitlin O’Halloran is the Governance and Policy Specialist at CSDC. Caitlin leads CSDC's development and delivery of matters relating to governance, advocacy, policy, and other charter school leadership topics. In 2004, Caitlin co-founded the Dixon Montessori Charter School (DMCS). In 2013 she was appointed to and continues to serve on the Dixon Unified School District Governing Board which authorizes DMCS. She served one term on the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools and has been a workshop presenter at statewide educational conferences, a commentator on public radio, and the Woman of the Year for Senate District 03 in 2016.
Law Office of Jennifer McQuarrie
Jennifer McQuarrie engages with CSDC as an advisor and guest instructor on charter school policy and legal matters. Jennifer leads the development and delivery of several legal workshops at our Summer Leadership Intensive, Spring CBO Training Program, and Fall Leadership Update Conference. She also conducts regular updates to CSDC’s Sample Charter School Operating Policies, a critical resource to our CSDC members. Jennifer specializes in charter school representation and employment litigation and has been practicing law for over 17 years. Prior to opening her own practice where she represents charter schools throughout the state, she was the Legal Counsel and Legislative Advocate for CSDC. She focused primarily on providing a wide range of advice on school policies, personnel and student issues, including those relating to governing board policies, conflicts of interest, student discipline, employment related matters, Brown Act compliance and other related matters. Jennifer also spent a year as General Counsel for St. HOPE Public Schools and St. HOPE Corporation, which opened Sacramento High School as a charter school in 2003. Before joining the charter movement, Jennifer practiced law in several international law firms as a corporate litigator focusing on employment disputes, lender liability, unfair competition, securities fraud and other business disputes.