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Daily Schedule - Monday, July 1, 2013


7:30 am–5:00 pm - Registration Open


7:45 am–8:45 am - Networking Breakfasts

Title:Are weighted lotteries good for students and schools?
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Location:DC Convention Center, 204B
Time:Monday 7/1, 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM


Title:Are we preparing our English Language Learners for success?
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Location:DC Convention Center, 141
Time:Monday 7/1, 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM


Title:Can I engage my local media to promote my school?
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Location:DC Convention Center, 204A
Time:Monday 7/1, 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM


Title:How can my school manage food service costs and provide healthy food options to students?
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Location:DC Convention Center, 156
Time:Monday 7/1, 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM


Title:How can we encourage more district-charter collaboration?
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Location:DC Convention Center, 148
Time:Monday 7/1, 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM


Title:What can I do to save my school money?
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Location:DC Convention Center, 204C
Time:Monday 7/1, 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM


9:00 am–10:30 am - General Session I

Title:General Session I
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Location:DC Convention Center, Ballroom
Time:Monday 7/1, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


10:15 am–6:45 pm - Exhibit Hall Open


10:45 am–12:00 pm - Breakout Session #1

Title:Bigger AND Better? The Quality of US Charter Schools
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Description:Is the charter sector improving? The 2009 CREDO study presented the first wide-angle view of charter school effectiveness. Now, four years later, the story has changed in significant ways. The National Charter School Study II expands the number of states included in the study and delves deeper into the performance of students and schools.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 202A
Time:Monday 7/1, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


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Title:Building a Growth Strategy
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Description:In this session we will map out the three stages of charter school growth from start-up to expansion/growth mode to a mature/sustainable school,discussing the different challenges at each stage.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 102B
Time:Monday 7/1, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Building Boards for Success: Strategies for Cultivating Good Governance
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Description:Whether you currently serve on a high-functioning board that has no vacancies or on one with functional weaknesses and open seats, you should have a strategy for identifying, recruiting, orienting and developing members. This session will provide you with the information and resources you need to begin building your board for long-term success!
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Location:DC Convention Center, 203AB
Time:Monday 7/1, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Effectively Promoting Charter Schools to Various Elected Officials
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Description:Advocating for charter schools with policy makers is critical to the long-term success of the charter school movement. This session will offer tried and true advocacy methods and messages that work at all levels of government, from school boards to members of Congress, including an effective way to organize and leverage the voices of charter school teachers.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 208
Time:Monday 7/1, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


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Title:Enrollment Strategies That Work
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Description:From choosing the right location to filling the classrooms, enrollment is the fuel for your charter school’s engine. Learn about effective enrollment strategies, retention techniques, community communication methods and targeted marketing to bring students through the door so you can avoid the last minute panic when the count is lower than you expected.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 101
Time:Monday 7/1, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Failure is Not an Option: Closing the Opportunity Gap at an Urban High School
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Description:During this interactive session, participants will learn how a minority-serving urban high school implemented a “Failure is Not an Option” (FNO) program resulting in measurable increases in student learning. Focusing on data-driven decisions and the integration of the Common Core, presenters will share how FNO incorporates innovative strategies, Individualized Education Plans, eighth hour focused instruction and targeted coursework to effectively close the opportunity gap.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 147AB
Time:Monday 7/1, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Fix Your Board Meetings, Strengthen Your Board
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Description:Board meetings should be focused, strategic, efficient, and engaging. But, very few charter school board meetings can be described in these terms. If you want to learn how to dramatically improve the effectiveness of your overall governance by improving your board meetings, come to this lively, interactive session. You’ll get lots of helpful tips you can put to use right away.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 206
Time:Monday 7/1, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Implementing Blended Learning: Lessons Learned and Successes
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Description:Blended learning concepts are often over-simplified to “teaching with computers and books”, resulting in narrow, unsuccessful implementations. The promise of blended learning to capitalize on technology, engage students to take ownership of their education, and optimize instructional time is enormous. Please join our distinguished panel to hear about their successes and lessons learned.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 146C
Time:Monday 7/1, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Innovation and the Future of Charter Schools
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Description:The education space is filled with innovative practices that are not easily scaled. This is partly due to the decentralized, and heavily fragmented, system that governs the U.S. education system, as well as the federal government’s inability to foster and scale innovative practices. How can investors, philanthropists and government officials help take innovative ideas to scale? What can the public sector do to help attract more entrepreneurs and investors to double down on innovative practices? What are some areas that are ripe for growth and how can charter schools support this growth?
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Location:DC Convention Center, 207AB
Time:Monday 7/1, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Leading Breakthrough Schools that Raise Expectations and Student Outcomes
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Description:Hear from and interact with school leaders from several award winning charter schools that have been recognized as MetLife Foundation-NASSP Breakthrough Schools. These schools have made significant improvement in student achievement while working with high numbers of economically disadvantaged students. Learn about the successes achieved through using the Breaking Ranks school improvement framework and focusing on each student as a foundation for change.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 143ABC
Time:Monday 7/1, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Reduce Bullying, Harassment and School Safety Incidents: Creating an Effective Online Reporting and Data Analysis System
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Description:This session will cover the critical challenges students and administrators face when reporting harassment, intimidation and bullying. Participants will examine the impact of bullying on a student’s attendance, academic performance, and their social environment. This data-driven, solutions-based workshop will present an interactive blend of presentation, group discussion and whole group question and answer geared toward district administrators, secondary school administrators and counselors.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 146B
Time:Monday 7/1, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Shifting from Access to Success: Supporting Students to and Through College
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Description:YES Prep, winner of the inaugural Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools in 2012, has evolved its approach to supporting students to and through college as we have shifted from college access to college success for our alumni. This session will explore our core program elements, results, and lessons learned. Participants will be introduced to key research on non-cognitive factors currently used to inform our approach.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 140AB
Time:Monday 7/1, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


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Title:Special Education in Charter Schools: Lessons Learned in California Through the Reorganization of the Los Angeles Unified School District
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Description:In the Los Angeles Unified School District, the success of the district's relationship with the charter schools has resulted in a successful new option for serving students with disabilities. This session will review that structure, including how it is representative of most other states, and review the process of overcoming hurdles that ultimately resulted in the reorganization of the second largest District in the nation.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 102A
Time:Monday 7/1, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Tackling the Challenge of Serving Students With Disabilities in Charter Schools
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Description:For 20 years, educators and policymakers have struggled to get the specialized, innovative environment of the charter school fully in synch with the very regimented, uniform world of special education. Recent research and national initiatives are starting to change the face of this chronically challenging area. This session will focus on those challenges and on the opportunities for great benefits to kids with disabilities in charters.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 209
Time:Monday 7/1, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Using Accountability to Support High Performing Schools
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Description:Charter school authorizers and school boards need clear systems for evaluating and improving the quality of their schools. This presentation will include an interactive discussion of the effective use of performance frameworks to support high quality outcomes for all students based around the National Association of Charter School Authorizers’ Financial Performance Framework and the Public Charter School Board in Washington DC’s academic-focused Performance Management Framework.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 201
Time:Monday 7/1, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Using Job Redesign and Technology to Extend the Reach of Excellent Teachers
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Description:Most schools are structured to give too few students access to the one resource that matters most: excellent teachers. Learn about cutting-edge school models that extend the reach of excellent teachers using job redesign and technology. Attendees will discuss models and policy issues, engage with case studies, and hear from a panel of school leaders of schools that are extending excellent teachers' reach.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 145AB
Time:Monday 7/1, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Would the REAL Formative Assessment Please Stand Up?
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Description:Creating a learning environment where students are the center of the learning is REAL formative assessment. This formative assessment utilizes five strategies: clarify and share learning intentions; elicit evidence of learners' achievement; provide feedback that moves learning forward; activate students as instructional resources; and activate students as owners of their own learning. Cone to this session to learn more about the REAL formative assessment and how to implement it in your classroom.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 144AB
Time:Monday 7/1, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


12:00 pm–1:45 pm - Lunch

Title:Monday Lunch
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Location:DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall
Time:Monday 7/1, 12:00 PM - 1:45 PM


2:00 pm–3:15 pm - Breakout Session #2

Title:2013 State Legislative Gains, Setbacks and Emerging Policy Trends
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Description:2013 was another busy year for charter advocates in state capitols across the country. Many states amended their laws to better support the growth of high-quality public charter schools. Some states, however, faced increased resistance. This session will provide an overview of state policy gains, setbacks, and emerging trends to watch for in 2014. This session will also include a discussion of the years-long charter school legislative fight in Mississippi, which yielded a major victory in 2013.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 208
Time:Monday 7/1, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Accountability for Alternative Charters
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Description:State accountability systems typically are not designed for “alternative”charters serving students with a range of risk factors. Authorizers are asked to close good schools because they don’t fit a standard definition of success. Drawing on new work by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, this session will look at leading-edge policies and practices that combine demanding standards with realistic and meaningful measures of student progress and school performance.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 203AB
Time:Monday 7/1, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Cage-Busting Leadership
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Description:Charters promise the opportunity to reimagine education. Yet most charter schools look remarkably similar to their district counterparts – in design, staffing and student outcomes – and they use talent, time, tools, and money in similar ways. Fedrick Hess argues that leaders need to think differently about school improvement, then explains how they can identify new opportunities to excel and “bust” through the bars in their way.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 207AB
Time:Monday 7/1, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


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Title:Case Study: Bond Ratings, RFP’s and Lowering Interest Rates—How the Largest DC Charter School System Successfully Navigated All Three
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Description:Learn how Friendship Public Charter School, the largest charter school system in DC, recently navigated the process of choosing a financing team, receiving a bond rating, and issuing bonds at low interest rates to fund construction of a new school facility as part of the system’s expansion. Representatives from S&P and the financing team will also participate to provide information and insight on the process.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 140AB
Time:Monday 7/1, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:College and Career Readiness: Internship Programs for High School Students
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Description:Creating leaders for the 21st Century requires teaching students how to take action and navigate the real world. Learn how to start an internship program that prepares students for college and careers and develops key capacitites including leaership and professionalism.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 149AB
Time:Monday 7/1, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


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Title:Core Principles for Managing Federal Grants
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Description:Charter schools receive federal grants to support education programs, but they must navigate a complex network of rules in order to spend funds. This presentation provides an overview of the grant rules charter schools must follow and the internal control systems needed to effectively manage federal programs. This presentation will also provide insight into ways charter schools can spend federal grants more effectively to achieve their goals.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 102A
Time:Monday 7/1, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Creating an Active Learning Ecosystem
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Description:This session will be an engaging discovery workshop where participants will gain an understanding of the effective active-learning framework to integrate pedagogy, technology and space in order to create an active learning environment. What does this mean in your school environment? Learn from fellow charter school leaders who will share their experiences and the perspectives of other teachers and students.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 143ABC
Time:Monday 7/1, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Engineers: Creating the World That Never Was
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Description:The Next Generation Science Standards provide unique opportunities to connect engineering to K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) communities. By understanding the engineering design process and how it differs from the scientific method, students can apply problem/project based learning to solve the challenges facing society today. We will discuss the elements critical to a solid K-12 engineering education that integrates STEM topics.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 206
Time:Monday 7/1, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Every Child Ready: Predicting Achievement Using Curriculum Based Measurement and Assessments in Early Childhood
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Description:Presenters will provide an overview of curriculum based measurement, the process involved in creating curriculum based assessments, and communicate how data collected via these assessments are used in the prediction of student achievement in early education. Presenters will facilitate small group conversations while group members chart strategies and critical standards to support creation of standards-based progress monitoring resources for their own programs and grade levels.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 146C
Time:Monday 7/1, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


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Title:Health Care Reform: Understanding Requirements and Planning for the Future
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Description:What is the impact of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) on your charter school? How can charters mitigate the seemingly unrelenting trend of increasing health insurance premiums? In this session, national experts in health insurance policy, with extensive charter school experience will discuss the health insurance landscape and provide tactics to retake control of your school’s benefits program through changes that will be sustainable, systematic and strategic.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 102B
Time:Monday 7/1, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


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Title:How Five Frameworks Can Improve Your School
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Description:Through the NAPCS Master Classes a team of experts defined and designed five extensive continuous improvement frameworks for schools. This interactive session will present and discuss how to use these frameworks to easily guide schools in evaluating more than 60 standards. We will be joined by experts in academic achievement, school leadership, school governance, school operations, and school finance.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 101
Time:Monday 7/1, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Implementing the Common Core with Fidelity: Learning from Early Adopters
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Description:A number of charter schools are leading the way in using the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to focus instruction toward preparing students for success in college and careers. How are they supporting teachers in the instructional shifts? How are they ensuring instructional materials are aligned to CCSS? How are they engaging families and students on the standards? This session will provide insight into these questions and more.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 144AB
Time:Monday 7/1, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Integrating Reading and Behavioral Interventions: An Effective Solution for Struggling Learners
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Description:Because reading and behavior are highly related, understanding how to use proactive methods for addressing both skill sets is critical. This presentation will include: a discussion of the correlation between reading and behavior; a description of proactive, multi-tiered systems of support for reading and behavior; and evidence of an effective way to embed behavioral support into targeted reading instruction.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 147AB
Time:Monday 7/1, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:It's All in the Competencies: Effective Evaluation for Boards and School Leaders
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Description:The session will focus on how boards can effectively use a leadership competency framework as part of a comprehensive evaluation process of their school leader. The framework will help boards effectively evaluate the leader's performance; provide actionable, useful feedback to inform the leader's development and improvement; and provoke essential thinking about leadership succession.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 201
Time:Monday 7/1, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Leadership Development and Sustainability: The Foundation of Successful, Stable Schools
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Description:The charter school sector is expanding at lightning speed. Strong leadership is crucial for the long-term sustainability of our schools. What challenges are we facing in terms of recruiting leaders? What do charter school leaders and schools need to be successful and maintain that success over time? Following a review of national and local trends, panelists will share their experiences and discuss successful strategies for enduring stability.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 145AB
Time:Monday 7/1, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:School Turnaround: Proving What is Possible
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Description:School turnaround proves that it is not the kids, it is not poverty, but it is the adults in the building that determine student achievement. Democracy Prep Public Schools turned around a failed charter school in ten months, transforming the school from the bottom 3% of all schools city-wide to the 96th percentile in only one school year. Come hear the success and challenges of this turnaround and takeaway examples for your own school.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 146B
Time:Monday 7/1, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


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Title:Serving Special Education Students 2.0: Leveraging Resources Across Networks of Schools
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Description:As charter schools expand and replicate into networks of schools, unique opportunities emerge to leverage scare school-level resources across larger networks. Learn challenges all networked schools - big, small, single-state, multi-state, virtual, brick & mortar, hybrid - face as they serve growing numbers of special education students. Workshop how these challenges can be met with innovations uniquely available to networked schools, learning best practices applicable to your school(s).
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Location:DC Convention Center, 209
Time:Monday 7/1, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:The Critical Role of Nutrition in Education
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Description:It’s clear students cannot learn if they are hungry. While some government supported nutrition programs have been around for years, they have not led to measurable improvements in children’s health. This panel will address what schools can and must do to ensure their students eat healthy. Moreover, it will address how to ensure students learn about the value of nutrition and how to eat well for their lives.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 202B
Time:Monday 7/1, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:The Role of the Board Treasurer and Finance Committee
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Description:What are the roles and responsibilities of Board Treasurers and Finance Committees? What are best practices in the sector? This “quick hit” session will address critical issues in financial oversight, including financial controls, compliance and reporting, budget management and re-forecasting, outsourcing and contract management, and planning for facility financing.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 202A
Time:Monday 7/1, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


3:30 pm–4:00 pm - Snack Break


4:00 pm–5:15 pm - Breakout Session #3

Title:Are You Ready to Replicate or Expand?
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Description:Participants will engage in an interactive case study to examine the most critical financial, academic and governance challenges that many charter schools face during either replication and/or expansion. Participants will be able to identify academic, financial and operational indicators for expansion and/or replication readiness.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 143ABC
Time:Monday 7/1, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:Call Me...Maybe - Rock & Roll Songs and the Challenges & Opportunities of Collaboration
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Description:Can cats sleep with dogs? Can oil and water really mix? Can school districts and charters actually work together? Do song titles hold the key to the mystery? This lively panel conversation will answer those questions featuring Philadelphia and Denver school districts and their work with high performing charters to increase student achievement. Learn how they are moving the needle, where the pain points are, the successes to date and what’s possible for your community.
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  • Robin Lake Center on Reinventing Public Education, UW Bothell
  • Don Shalvey The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Location:DC Convention Center, 207AB
Time:Monday 7/1, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:Charter School Closure: Politics, Policy, and Practice 
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Description:This session will focus on the experiences of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) and the Los Angeles Unified School District as they have each worked in different ways to promote strong accountability policies and practices for charter schools, including the closure of schools that fail to meet performance standards. This session will explore the challenges that charter school support organizations and authorizers encounter when they work to strengthen accountability and also examine how legislative changes such as minimum performance standards with default closure might make holding failing schools accountable easier for everyone.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 209
Time:Monday 7/1, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:Congressional Update: Charter Schools & Capitol Hill – What You Need to Know
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Description:Senior Congressional staff will provide an update on key education legislation that Congress will consider this year, including the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act – including the federal Charter Schools Program. Participants will have an opportunity to hear from those directly involved in drafting, negotiating, and passing education legislation on Capitol Hill.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 208
Time:Monday 7/1, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:Digital Story Telling
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Description:One of the best ways to teach is to tell a story. This workshop seeks to develop skilled storytellers who can captivate any audience by capitalizing on learning styles. It not only covers necessary technical skills but also stresses the bigger picture of creative teaching styles in the classroom. Attendees will learn how to utilize new, exciting ways of weaving a story using digital tools that will enchant your students.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 149AB
Time:Monday 7/1, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM


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Title:Do's and Don'ts in Communicating Effectively with the Broader Public
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Description:Successful charters work well when young people communicate their work with the broader public: legislators, journalists, business, community organizations and families. This session will rely in part of participants' experiences and in part on more than 40 years experience building education reforms that last. Come discuss your success and learn to implement the success of your colleagues.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 102B
Time:Monday 7/1, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM


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Title:Financing: Speed Date Your Lender
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Description:Which lender is right for your school? Never before at the conference has there been an opportunity to discuss your charter school financing questions and projects with multiple lenders all in the same room. This session will provide a brief summary of organizations, including bond financers and lenders. Then you’ll have an opportunity to speed date your potential lenders and ask them questions about your project.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 146C
Time:Monday 7/1, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:Govern Well, Be Accountable, Lead: Standards for Highly Effective Charter School Governance
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Description:The leadership team of Charter Board Partners will present our powerful Standards of Highly Effective Charter School Governance as a framework for how boards should organize themselves, understand their roles and responsibilities, and ensure that they are focusing on the right things to drive improved academic achievement.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 202A
Time:Monday 7/1, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:How to Successfully Engage Your Board of Directors in Fundraising
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Description:Many board members run when hearing the word “fundraising,” but much of this trepidation can be overcome. Presenters will discuss board fundraising responsibilities; recruiting for fundraising; board involvement in the major gifts process; ways board members can open doors, connect friends to your organization, expand your organization's social networks to help find new donors; and the importance of solicitation and how to ease apprehensive board members.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 201
Time:Monday 7/1, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:Implementing the Common Core in the Elementary and Middle School Classrooms
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Description:In this session, elementary and middle school teachers will discuss how thier schools used focused professional development to implement some of the major shifts with the Common Core. Presenters will share ideas and resources they used in implementing small steps while transitioning to the Common Core.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 144AB
Time:Monday 7/1, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:Lessons From the Georgia Referendum: How to Win a State-Wide Charter School Campaign
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Description:With an eye toward providing lessons to other states considering referenda to change statewide policy, this session will detail the winning 2012 referendum strategy in Georgia to re-establish the state Charter Schools Commission. This first-ever national charter referendum victory can serve as a template for similar efforts elsewhere.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 206
Time:Monday 7/1, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:Measuring Charter Quality
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Description:The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has conducted research on how states, districts, authorizers and charter associations measure the quality of charter schools in their jurisdictions. Increasing amounts of data are publicly available, and we want your input. What role should a national organization play in measuring school quality. Let's discuss!
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Location:DC Convention Center, 203AB
Time:Monday 7/1, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:Parent Power: Proven Strategies for Harnessing One of Your School's Biggest Resources
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Description:Parents are a tremendous and underutilized resource in urban schools. This workshop will help school leaders develop winning strategies for engaging families to strengthen enrollment, increase revenue, improve student attitudes and behavior and boost academic success.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 146B
Time:Monday 7/1, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:Reproducing Excellence: Documenting Best Practices in Action
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Description:The original promise of charter schools is to be the crucibles of innovation. While many charter schools are fulfilling this promise and increasing student achievement, they face difficulties reproducing results across different classrooms, schools, and districts. This session, provided through federal dissemination grant research, aims to help schools share best practices and consistently reproduce effective instruction, management, and school culture.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 147AB
Time:Monday 7/1, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:Teaching Mathematics as a Language: What Gets Lost in Translation?
Strand:14884440
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Description:One of the major thrusts of the Common Core Standards for algebra is to understand Mathematics as a language. In this workshop, we will clearly demonstrate the syntax of mathematical language. First, we will identify the five parts of mathematical speech. Then we will demonstrate the four types of mathematical expressions. Finally, we will easily translate between Mathematics and English, improving our understanding, and the teaching of ''story problems''.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 140AB
Time:Monday 7/1, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:The Makeup of a Positive Company Culture: Creating & Sustaining a Culture in Which Educators & Educational Workplaces Can Thrive
Strand:14884444
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Description:The atmosphere in which educators collaborate to carry out their mission is just as important to the effective education of our nation’s youth as school curriculums and classroom strategies. This session therefore focuses on how to create and sustain a positive school-based culture that energizes leadership teams, nurtures faculties, and ultimately produces desired student outcomes.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 145AB
Time:Monday 7/1, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM


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Title:Tiered Professional Development: Attracting, Hiring and Retaining Excellent Teachers
Strand:14884448
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Description:This workshop will address challenges facing established schools looking to attract and retain outstanding teachers. We will explore the relationship between hiring and professional development and then look at a professional development model designed to differentiate teachers from novice to master.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 101
Time:Monday 7/1, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM


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Title:Tornadoes and Waterfalls: Stress Testing Your School Budget to Analyze Financial Viability
Strand:14884448
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Description:Many start-up businesses fail because they do not make accurate and unbiased financial projections. Charter schools are no exception. This session demonstrates a stress test simulation that is designed to show the probability whether a charter school budget will be able to function on a break-even basis or better in its first year and beyond.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 102A
Time:Monday 7/1, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM


5:15 pm–6:30 pm - Happy Hour

Title:Happy Hour
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Location:DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall
Time:Monday 7/1, 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM




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